Boeing's New Dreamliner to Join Air New Zealand's fleet this Year

Boeing's New Dreamliner to Join Air New Zealand's fleet this YearThe second model of Boeing's Dreamliner is touching the ground of New Zealand for the first time.

The 787-9 test aircraft is about to unite with the Air New Zealand's fleet later this year.  By this weekend it will be at Air New Zealand's Auckland Technical Operations base. Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand chief executive says it is exciting to have one of Air New Zealand's 787-9s touches down on Kiwi soil for the first time.

"It is a real reminder that we will soon welcome the first of these more modern, fuel-efficient airplanes into our fleet."

Boeing says, this new aircraft the 787-9 is six metres longer than the 787-8 Dreamliner.  It is capable of fitting in 40 more passengers over an additional distance of 555km.  Both the Dreamliners utilize 20 per cent less fuel and create 20 per cent less emissions than an aircraft of similar size.

It also said, the trip to Auckland is the international debut of the aircraft.

Mark Jenks, Boeing Commercial Airplanes 787 development vice president said, "With more than 150 flights since testing began in September, the test fleet continues to perform very well, and we look forward to delivering the first 787-9 in mid-2014 as promised."

From Auckland, the aircraft will head to Alice Springs in Australia for hot weather testing for about a week.