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PICTURE: First Qantas 787-9 breaks cover

Qantas’s first Boeing 787-9 has emerged from the manufacturer’s paint shop, resplendent in the carrier’s new ‘Silveroo’ livery.

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The aircraft, which bears registration VH-ZNA, will be delivered to the carrier in October. It will initially fly on a series of domestic flights for crew familiarization and training before commencing regular scheduled services on the Melbourne-Los Angeles route in December.

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Qantas has eight 787-9s on order, which will be configured with 236 seats in a three-class layout and powered by General Electric GEnx engines.

The Oneworld carrier has previously said that the first four of the type will be based in Melbourne, while the remaining four will be based in Brisbane.

Qantas will use the 787-9s to launch the first ever nonstop services between Australia and Europe when its Melbourne-Perth-London Heathrow services commence in March 2018.

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