Pictures: Air New Zealand’s All Blacks Boeing 777-300ER

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Air New Zealand has revealed the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted completely black. 

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, took two days longer than it normally takes to paint a 777, said Air New Zealand.

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. 

The black paint, said Air New Zealand, will not cause the aircraft to heat up. The individual TV screens inside the aircraft create more ‘additional’ heat than the all black paint job.

 ”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.

560x337 rsz__glh3653.jpgNew Zealand’s All Blacks rugby players Andy Ellis (L), Kieran Reed (R).

“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.

Photo credit: Boeing


2 Responses to Pictures: Air New Zealand’s All Blacks Boeing 777-300ER

  1. Albert Cunningham 16 January, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    plane looks incomplete as engines should be black with the Koru logo like the domestic A320…

  2. Firdaus Hashim 22 January, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I agree with you! Maybe cost/maintenance concerns have made it difficult for them to paint the engine black.

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