Boeing Will Deliver First 787-9 To ANZ In 2010
Boeing has announced it will deliver the first 787-9 Dreamliner
to Air New Zealand in December 2010. Boeing and ANZ, along with
engine-maker Rolls-Royce, held a ceremonial signing Thursday in
which ANZ converted its original order for four 787-8 airplanes to
"Being the first airline to introduce the 787-9 aircraft will
enable Air New Zealand to provide a superior, first-to-market
experience for our customers and is a most desirable position for
us to be in given the unprecedented sales success of the Boeing 787
model," said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe.
The 787-9 is capable of carrying 250-290 passengers on routes of
8,600 to 8,800 nautical miles (15,900-16,300 kilometers). ANZ
selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine to power its 787-9s.
"The 787-9 has unprecedented fuel efficiency and economics,
which make it an ideal choice for ANZ," said Roland Ramirez, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes Sales director, Asia Pacific region. "The -9
has all the right attributes to serve ANZ profitably and provide
its passengers with a new flying experience."
The 787-9 is a slightly
bigger version of the 787-8 and has a list price of $183 million.
Both aircraft variants -- as well as the smaller 787-3 -- will
offer a new interior environment with higher humidity, wider seats
and aisles, and larger windows. Boeing says the 787 will use 20
percent less fuel than any other airplane of its size.
Since the launch of the 787 program in April 2004, the program
has booked 393 orders and commitments from 29 customers. Boeing
reports 350 of those are firm orders, worth roughly $52 billion at
current list prices -- which makes the 787 the most successful new
airplane in Boeing history.
As Aero-News reported in
2004, All Nippon Airways is the launch customer for
the 787-3 and 787-8 aircraft. The carrier's 50 aircraft order
-- with the first delivery set for 2008 -- is the largest launch
order Boeing has ever received.