10 July 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner to launch customer Air New Zealand.
About 1,000 Boeing employees representing the 787 program joined Air New Zealand executives and guests at a unique celebration of this milestone event.
Air New Zealand´s Rolls-Royce powered 787-9 is part of the airline´s fleet modernization effort. This 787-9, painted in a unique black livery, is the first of 10 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealand´s fleet. The airline said the airplane will operate the Auckland–Perth route in October 2014 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai in November 2014.
Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 409 787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.