Air NZ’s third 787-9 spotted at Paine Field

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 21, 2014
Air NZ Boeing 787-9 at Boeing's Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Gerard Frawley)
Air NZ Boeing 787-9 at Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Gerard Frawley)

Air New Zealand’s third Dreamliner has been spotted at Boeing’s Everett factory just outside Seattle as its delivery date nears.

The 787-9, registration ZK-NZG, took its first test flight on Monday November 17. According to flight tracking websites, the test flight lasted 109 minutes, with the aircraft departing from and arriving at Paine Field.

Unlike its all-black sister ship ZK-NZE that is already in service, ZK-NZG features the New Zealand flag carrier’s new standard mainly-white livery also found on Air NZ’s second Dreamliner ZK-NZF.

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Air NZ’s first two Dreamliners currently operate from Auckland to Perth and Sydney.

According to schedules filed in global distribution systems, Air NZ was due to commence 787-9 services between Auckland and Tokyo from December 2, while Auckland-Shanghai services were expected to transition to the Dreamliner from December 14.

The carrier operated a one-off 787-9 service to Shanghai on November 4.

Air NZ has 10 of the larger 787-9s on order. ZK-NZG was the final Dreamliner due to be delivered in 2014/15, according to a slide presentation accompanying the company’s full year financial results in August.

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ZK-NZG is the third of 10 Dreamliners Air NZ has on order. (Gerard Frawley)
ZK-NZG is the third of 10 Dreamliners Air NZ has on order. (Gerard Frawley)

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4 Comments

  • Liam Straughan

    says:

    Why can’t QF get these any quicker????!!!!!

    These are NEEDED by Qantas to supplement the A380. These could open up the market of Asia in an even better way!!!!

  • Riplander

    says:

    ^1. QF doesn’t have money.
    2. When airlines purchase orders they are given a time schedule as to when the aircraft will be delivered and it’s usually first come, first serve, unless that respective airline decides to postpone or push back their delivery dates.

  • John Simpkin

    says:

    Does anyone know what Date and Time this Aircraft is due to touch down in Auckland, NZ?

  • Bob

    says:

    8.25am 2 December.

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