It was fitting that we picked a dark and stormy night in Everett to debut the first 787-9 to be delivered to Air New Zealand. In fact, the airplane’s distinctive black color scheme looked downright gorgeous in the pouring rain.
The first 787-9 to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand rolls out of the paint hangar in Everett late Saturday night. All photos by Gail Hanusa.
Air New Zealand plans to have the airplane begin service on its Auckland-Perth route later this year. The airline has 10 787-9s on order.