Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has arrived in New Zealand
On 4 January, the second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (ZB002), which is scheduled for testing, has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, the home of the first airline to receive this type of aircraft - Air New Zealand.
This was the longest flight operated by an airplane 787-9, since the start of the test program and marked the beginning of international flights.
The plane took off from Seattle on 3 January at 9: 55 and landed at Auckland International Airport at 20: 45 on 4 in January after 13 hours and 49 minutes of uninterrupted flight. The aircraft will continue its route to Alice Springs, Australia, for a high temperature test.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is longer with 6 meters than Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and can carry 40 more passengers than its smaller "brother." The flight range is also 555 kilometers longer.
Boeing 787-9 retains the same design as the Dreamliner family, offering passengers large windows, more generous storage space and LED-based cabin lighting.
Boeing plans to deliver the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand by mid-2014. Until the present, 26 Airline Ordered 402 Boeing 787-9 Aircraft, representing 39% of orders recorded by the entire Boeing 787 range. The largest orders were placed by: Etihad Airways and ILFC with 41 copies each, All Nippon Airways and American Airlines with 30 units each, Air France-KLM (25) and United Airlines (24).