All eyes are on the skies as New Zealand’s new Dreamliner takes its first flight.
Air NZ’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes its maiden flight to Perth later today.
The Dreamliner’s debut on the Auckland-Perth route comes a month ahead of the previously-scheduled 15 October date, and will make the eight hour flight as NZ175, departing Auckland at 2.20pm to reach Perth at 6.10pm.
However, the flight is a first of many for the airline.
While the exterior, sleek and black, is everything you’d expect, the brand has promised a procession of new and improved features which are set to be “game changers.”
Flights have promised to be a lot smoother with the inclusion of a turbulence suppression system.
The windows have also been made larger than normal, along with an extension to the body to 63 metres which will allow the airline to accommodate more passengers.
The Dreamliner is also set to reduce the airlines carbon footprint, with the carbon fibre structure expected to deliver on fuel efficiency and a whopping 20 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.
This the first Dreamliner of many for the airline with another nine expected to join the fleet over the next few years.
The airline will take delivery of two more Dreamliners this year, one in September and another in October, which will service the Auckland-Tokyo and Auckland-Shanghai routes.
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