PICTURES: Air New Zealand unveils distinctive livery on Boeing 787-9

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Boeing has rolled out Air New Zealand's (ANZ) first Boeing 787-9, with the aircraft sporting a new all-black livery and the country’s official fern mark.

The carrier will be the variant's first operator, says Boeing. The 787-9 can carry up to 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555km) over the 787-8. The debut route for the 787-9 will be Auckland-Perth later this year.

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“It's great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand fern emblazoned on this aircraft,” adds the airline’s chief flight operators and safety officer David Morgan. “This will soon be the first 787-9 aircraft anywhere in the world to operate commercially and I think it will instill a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific.”

Air New Zealand has 10 Boeing 787-9s on order.