Air New Zealand today unveiled its latest Boeing 777-300ER, wearing a special All Blacks (the New Zealand Rugby team which won the world cup this year) livery, on Friday. The aircraft was presented for the media by Kieran Read and Andy Ellis, two members of the All Blacks who flew in to Boeing's Paine Field for the ceremony.
According to Boeing, painting of the 777 took over a week - two days longer than it takes for a usual 777 paint job - and used 700 litres of chrome-free paint. Contrary to popular belief, the black colour will not cause in any significant heating to the aircraft, said Air New Zealand.
The new aircraft, ZK-OKQ will enter into service in mid-January. All images, unless stated are copyright of Air New Zealand.
Photo by Matt Cawby, paineairport.com
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