Last month Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 aircraft landed in Auckland following a successful delivery flight from Seattle. While the plane itself (and the unique black livery) is beautiful, I know our community is probably most interested as to what’s inside. The Air NZ 787-9 cabin features four distinct seating selections:
The Business Premier cabin will feature Air New Zealand’s signature chalk colored luxurious leather armchairs which convert into lie-flat beds with memory foam mattress, cosy duvet, and two full size pillows.
In the Premium Economy cabin the airline worked with US seat designer Zodiac on a customized seat best described as Business-lite – the leather seat will have a 41” pitch, a 5” wide armrest and a leg rest and extendable foot support which will allow passengers to stretch out and relax.
The Economy cabin will feature 14 rows of Air New Zealand’s unique and highly popular Kiwi designed Skycouch seats – these three seats convert into a sofa-like flat surface for both rest and relaxation.
The 787-9 Zodiac Economy seat features a slim-line seat back to enhance the feeling of space, sculpted upholstering, and a more flexible headrest.
- The Boeing 787-9 is a stretched version of the 787-8 – six metres longer at 63m. Wingspan is 60m, height 17m and fuselage cross-section of 5.74m . At 206 feet in length, the 787-9 is 20 feet longer than Boeing’s first version, the -8.
- The 787-9 has a maximum take-off weight of 252,651kg, and a total cargo volume of 153m3
- 787-9s have a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 with a range of 15,372km
- Boeing boasts a 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared with earlier airplanes of similar size
- Passengers will have an enhanced on board experience, with large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride
- Extended operations (ETOPS) has been confirmed at 330 minutes for the 787-9 subject to operator approval
- Rolls-Royce has delivered Trent 1000 engines to power the 787-9 – providing 74,000lb thrust. These engines will power the Air New Zealand 787-9 fleet
- These Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines are up to 1% more fuel efficient than Trent 1000s currently in service on the 787-8
Air New Zealand will be the first airline to fly the new plane, which is scheduled to enter service Oct. 15 on a flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to Perth, Australia. The 787-9 will be used on Air New Zealand’s flights to Shanghai and Tokyo as well. The airline will start to replace its Boeing 767-300 planes with 787-9s, completing the switch by 2016. The company has ordered 10 787-9s and should receive them all by late 2017.