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Air New Zealand celebrates a decade of its game-changing aircraft the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Travel And Tour World



Paramita Sarkar

Thursday, July 11, 2024

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Air New Zealand celebrates the anniversary of its game-changing aircraft today. This marks a decade of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner soaring through the skies of Aotearoa.

On this day in 2014, the national carrier flew the groundbreaking Dreamliner into Auckland for the first time after it had signed on to be the global launch customer for the aircraft.

In the years since, the aircraft has redefined long-haul travel for millions of passengers.

Air New Zealand has carried more than 11 million customers on 59,000 Dreamliner flights, resulting in a remarkable 475,000 flying hours.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the Dreamliner was a transformative aircraft for the airline, marking a step change in the onboard travel experience.

“From day one, customers have been captivated by the Dreamliner’s features.

The aircraft was designed with the customer comfort experience front of mind.

It introduced the largest electronically dimmable windows of any passenger jet, transformed onboard comfort with the cabin pressurised at 6,000 feet, leaving passengers feeling fresher and better rested when flying on the Dreamliner, and featured an onboard turbulence management system for a smoother ride.

“The aircraft introduced new technology that transformed the travel experience for customers and the flying experience for pilots.

Customers saw touch screen in flight entertainment for the first time, marking the beginning of the end for the onboard remote control.

For pilots, the state-of-the-art flight deck transformed the flying experience at the front of the aircraft too.

“What’s more, the Dreamliner also changed the game when it came to aircraft emissions.

Its design means it is 20 percent more fuel efficient than other aircraft of its size, making it the ideal aircraft to invest in on our journey to decarbonisation.

“The Dreamliner was a crucial aircraft in the expansion of our network. Its design and fuel efficiency mean it’s the perfect aircraft for ultra long haul travel.

Because of the Dreamliner, we were able to expand our network in 2022 to include our flagship route to New York.”

Looking to the future, Air New Zealand is continuing to invest in the Dreamliner, with its current fleet getting an upgrade, as well as having eight new Dreamliners on order.

“We will soon become the first airline in the world to fully retrofit a Dreamliner nose to tail.

This means we will begin introducing our brand new cabin interiors on our existing aircraft, including our redesigned Business Premier cabin, a brand new hard shell Premium Economy seat, and updated product throughout Economy.

“In 2025, we’re expecting the delivery of our first new Dreamliner from Boeing. Our first aircraft will include our new interior products and will have the added bonus of the highly anticipated Skynest.

“We know our customers are eagerly anticipating the next evolution of our Dreamliners and we can’t wait for them to experience our most innovative aircraft to date.”

Fast facts on Air New Zealand’s 787-9 Dreamliners:

In 2004 Air New Zealand placed its first order for the 787 Dreamliner

On 1 January 2014 a Boeing 787-9 test aircraft visited Auckland

Air New Zealand headed to Seattle on 29 May 2014 to operate a test flight above the city

On 11 July 2014 Air New Zealand became the launch customer of the 787-9 Dreamliner, with its first aircraft arriving in Auckland

Air New Zealand operated its inaugural commercial Dreamliner flight from Auckland to Perth on 12 September 2014

The 787-9s are up to 20% more fuel efficient with 20% fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft

Dreamliners offer an enhanced onboard experience, with large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air, and a smoother ride

Air New Zealand’s Dreamliners have completed an impressive 59,000 flights

Resulting in a remarkable 475,000 flying hours

More than 11 million passengers have experienced the comfort and innovation of the Dreamliner with Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has eight Dreamliners on order, with the first expected to arrive in 2025



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