Air New Zealand leapt to the front of next generation air transport in July when it took delivery of the first Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 to enter regular service. The inaugural flight on July 10 flew from Seattle to Auckland, where it will begin service to Perth in October.
This is the first of 10 Dreamliner 787-9s scheduled to join Air New Zealand’s fleet, some of which will begin service to Shanghai and Tokyo later this year. The 787-9 is an expanded version of the 787-8 with 16% more capacity, carrying a total of 280 passengers.
It is Boeing’s most fuel-efficient airliner and the world’s first major aircraft to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe. To get an idea just how light and nimble this plane is, check out the takeoff at the beginning of this video.
The revolutionary new inflight entertainment system includes an innovative app-based touch screen platform, offering more than 2,000 movie, television and audio titles, including high-def new releases, plus a dedicated channel for HBO content.
Air New Zealand also collaborated with TripAdvisor to develop a world exclusive app that allows passengers to research their intended destination while in route.
“We pride ourselves on being leaders in innovation and offering our customers a world class experience that is uniquely Air New Zealand,” says Carrie Hurihanganui, GM customer experience for Air New Zealand. “ The new inflight entertainment system is a great example of how we are using the very latest technology to improve the experience for those who choose to travel with Air New Zealand.”