Air New Zealand's newest Boeing 777-300ER (ZK-OKQ), the last of its current 777 deliveries, arrived in Auckland on 12 January after a 14-hour flight direct from Paine Field in Seattle.

Painting the aircraft in the black colour scheme is part of ANZ's sponsorship of the New Zealand Rugby Union and the All Blacks team.

The 777, the airline's fifth of the type, is expected to go into service on 23 January with a flight from Auckland to Brisbane.

ANZ "All Blacks" 777-300ER

 © Peter Clark

On arrival in Auckland it was displayed by the newly painted Air New Zealand Beech 1900D (ZK-EAG, operated by Eagle Airways) and is the latest aircraft in the airline's 103-strong fleet to get an all-black makeover. By mid-2012 ANZ will have six aircraft featuring the all-black livery, including two Airbus A320s and three Beech 1900D turbo-props.

Source: Flight International