BY Kai-Chin Shih / 6 APRIL 2014/ TOKYOJAPAN/ talkairlines.wordpress.com
Finally, the much anticipated Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 has rolled out from the Boeing paint factory yesterday wearing an all-black livery.
The aircraft, registered ZK-NZE, is scheduled for delivery in July 2014. By then, Air New Zealand will become the first airline to operate the stretched version of the Dreamliner. Only a few 787s, probably one, will wear the special all-black livery. Others in the fleet will be painted into a black-white livery.
Air New Zealand is planning on debuting its 787-9 on the Auckland-Perth route on 15 October 2014. However, the plane may also be deployed on regional routes between the delivery date and 15 October. Routes including Auckland/Christchurch-Tokyo, Auckland-Christchurch, and Auckland-Shanghai will see regular 787-9 deployments in the future.
The ANZ 787-9 will be configured with 302 seats, including 18 Business Premier, 21 Premium Economy, 42 Skycouch (Economy Class), and 221 regular Economy class. The well received Business Premier seats on the Boeing 777-300ER will be installed in the Dreamliner. With an extremely roomy 1-1-1 layout and a 22″ wide seat, the ANZ Business Premier offers maximum comfort and privacy for flyers. When flipped over, the seat becomes a 33″ wide and 79″ long bed with a separate memory foam mattress, two pillows, and a duvet. Alongside with the spectacular bed, each seat also has an 11″ touchscreen, premium headphones, universal power outlet, and USB connectivity.
The Premium Economy Class will not be using the revolutionary Space Seats that are currently offered on the 777-300ER. A more typical Zodiac PE seats will be used instead. However, this doesn’t mean that the seats won’t be as comfortable as the other ones. With a 41」 pitch, width of 19.3」, leg-rest, and footrest, the ANZ PE will provide the most for customers wishing to enjoy a small luxury experience. Flyers will also enjoy access to premium check-in, complimentary amenity kits, premium headphones, bottled water, personalized in-flight service and priority baggage upon arrival.
The Economy Class section is configured in a 3-3-3 layout with 263 seats, including 14 rows of the highly awarded Skycouch seats. The Skycouch seats, a trio of three Economy seats that together create a flexible space for purposes such as a resting, relaxing, and playing, are so popular that ANZ is now licensing the seats to other airlines. China Airlines from Taiwan will be the first airline other than ANZ to install Skycouch when the airline receives its first 777-300ER in September. Other Economy Class seats will slightly differ as they will not have the legrests featured on Skycouch seats. However, with a generous seat pitch, Economy Class shall also be extremely comfortable for customers traveling long-haul routes.
>talkairlines thinks that both the exterior and the interior of the ANZ 787-9 looks gorgeous. When the previous version of the current livery rolled out, we were extremely disappointed to see how boring it was. However, with the fern added, the new livery became a simple yet beautiful work of art. Now applied onto the 787-9, the livery looks more stunning than ever. The interior is also extremely impressive. With the state-of-the-art seats and great amenities, the 787-9 is definitely going to make ANZ more of a prestigious airlines than ever before. >talkairlines sincerely hopes that with the introduction of the Dreamliner, the glory of Air New Zealand when it had a huge European and Asian network can be brought back as the fuel-efficient aircraft type will allow the airline to introduce more intercontinental routes.