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Air NZ’s second 787 begins revenue service

written by | October 2, 2014
Air NZ Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZF at Sydney Airport. (Damien Aiello)
Air NZ Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZF at Sydney Airport. (Damien Aiello)

Sydney turned on a beautiful spring day to welcome Air New Zealand’s second Dreamliner into revenue service.

The Kiwi flag carrier’s second Boeing 787-9, ZK-NZF, made its commercial debut on Thursday, landing on Sydney’s runway 34L at 0907 local time after a two-hour and 55-minute journey from Auckland.

The aircraft, which was delivered to Air New Zealand on September 29, was on the ground at Mascot for a little over two hours before taking off at 1121 as NZ104 back to Auckland.


The entry into service of ZK-NZF on the Sydney route follows a similar path to that of Air NZ’s first 787, ZK-NZE, which flew on the Auckland-Sydney route for about a month before being deployed on Perth-Auckland.

According to the latest information, Air NZ plans to start Dreamliner operations to Tokyo Narita on December 2, with Shanghai to follow on December 14.

Air NZ was due to pick one more 787-9 between now and June 30 2015, according to a slide presentation accompanying the airline’s full year financial results published in August.

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  • Greg


    Great looking 787 -9. Well done Air NZ with your foresight in ordering this model.

  • Glen


    Yes it shows how smart Air NZ sticking with this 787. I had my doudts of course there lots of unsold 8s at Boeing which shows that the 9 is the better choice. I would like to see them buy the A350 as well but I don’t think there much hope of that.

  • Jeff Atkinson


    Air newzealand might not buy the A350,But its buisiness partner Virgin might to replace the 777″s on the pacific route and Dubai.

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