Preparing and painting the aircraft entirely in black took one and a half days, five days was spent for the intricate detail of the silver fern and the Koru symbol. The remaining time was spent on finishing touches.
”It’s a sensational looking aircraft and will really turn heads at airports around the world,” said New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby player Kieran Read.
“It will certainly get people’s attention when they see it at Auckland, Los Angeles, London Heathrow and Melbourne airports over the coming year,” said Air New Zealand’s group general manager for international airline, Christopher Luxon.
The aircraft is expected to be delivered to Air New Zealand in late January following the completion of its interior fit out.
By mid-2012, Air New Zealand will have six aircraft featuring the all black livery including two Airbus A320s and three Beech 1900D turbo-props.