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Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:01 pm

I've been wanting to fly this aircraft for over a decade. A few weeks ago, this was finally possible and I was on the 787-9's inaugural commercial service.

The 787
The Air New Zealand 787 story begins on June 3rd, 2004, when they ordered the aircraft. Back then, the 787 was the 7E7. Air New Zealand was the second customer to order the aircraft, after Japan's ANA. At the same time, the airline ordered eight 777-200ERs. The first of these (ZK-OKA) was delivered near the end of 2005 and I first flew on one in 2006. At the time, I was quite young. I do however remember that the day after this order, my dad joked about how I would be on the 7E7's first flight with Air New Zealand.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/...2/1086058918461.html?from=storyrhs
http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jun/03/business/fi-rup3.8

The 787-9
Eventually, the 7E7 became the 787 and Air New Zealand switched their order to the -9 version. As we all know, entry into service was delayed multiple times. Originally the 787-9 was supposed to be in service by 2010 however the first prototype (N789EX which will eventually be delivered to Air New Zealand as ZK-NZC) didn't even have its maiden flight until September 2013. The aircraft type was certified on June 16th 2014.
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2014-06-...liner-Earns-FAA-EASA-Certification


Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9s
Air New Zealand currently has orders for a total of 10 Boeing 787-9s. The configuration has 18 Business Premier seats, 21 Premium Economy seats and 263 (regular) Economy seats. This gives a total seat count of 302 – quite a high total compared to other airlines that have ordered the same aircraft., though this is due to a small premium cabin, rather than dense economy ones. Many of the economy seats can be converted to the airline's revolutionary 'SkyCouch' as necessary. The aircraft has Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines. Once in normal service, Air New Zealand will initially fly the aircraft to Perth, then Tokyo and then Shanghai.

ZK-NZE
Air New Zealand's first 787-9 was the 5th 787-9 to be built, line number 169. The aircraft was rolled out of the Boeing factory in early April 2014. It was delivered to Air New Zealand on June 30th (10 years and 28 days after being ordered..... a record) and spent a week or so doing proving flights around the USA. The delivery ceremony itself was on the evening of July 10th.. The next morning the aircraft began its deliver flight (NZ6789), flying from Seattle direct to Auckland, where it landed at around 1630 local time. Unfortunately the weather was horrible that day, so I didn't bother going to see its arrival and the aircraft's flypast of the city was cancelled. ZK-NZE did several proving flights for the airline before its service entry, destinations for these were Sydney, Ohakea Air Base and Christchurch.

http://tr.flightaware.com/live/fligh...9/history/20140710/1400Z/KPAE/NZAA

Landing in Auckland for the first time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Wxi3AQCpg



The Flight

The airline was initially very quite about how their plans for initial service. They have openly said that the aircraft will begin regular flights to Perth on October 15th, but plans for the aircraft's initial service were very vague. Some friends at the airline advised that initial flights would be to Sydney. The airline eventually said that the first service was planned for Saturday, August 9th. The exact flight wasn't specified, as the airline wanted the introduction to be on 'surprise and delight' basis. IMO such introduction plans are stupid; there are lots of paying customers who want to fly on the aircraft's first service, but want certainty that the flight they have booked, will be on that specific aircraft and that the flight in question will be the aircraft's first commercial flight for the airline. It might be 'surprise and delight' for some, but such a strategy is very likely to be 'confusion, hope and deep disappointment' for others who don't manage to get on the flight. Because of all this, I booked a flexi fare on NZ103, so that I could change flights if needed and make sure that I got on the inaugural service. NZ103 was at this stage scheduled to be operate by a Boeing 777-200ER, I would be flying Economy. I kept checking the flight on the airline's booking system, waiting for the aircraft to be changed to a 787. Once this (finally) occurred on 5th August, I quickly used the seat selection function of the airline's website to choose 52K.

On the Tuesday before the flight, I visited Auckland Airport to witness the Airbus A350's first visit to New Zealand. Once that was over, I went to the Air New Zealand Engineering Services hangar, where I saw ZK-NZE in the metal (or rather CFRP) for the first time. Not the best photo, but isn't she pretty?


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3909/14910353622_3f9ec6f310_c.jpg1. ZK-NZE @ANZES by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


2. Air New Zealand M Pass. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


3. Alarm Clock by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


On the day of the flight I woke up at 0530. I live in the northern part of Auckland, which is around 45 minutes drive away from the airport (in good traffic). I departed for the airport at 0600, arrived at the Airport's Park and Ride 40 minutes later, got on the bus to the international terminal and got off a few minutes after seven. Entering the terminal was absolute chaos. Slightly earlier the international terminal's baggage conveyor had stopped completely causing big trouble for all passengers who wanted to check in bags. I went over to one of the touch-screen machines to check in. The Air New Zealand system for doing this is nice and straight forward. I confirmed my details, Airpoints number, etc and it printed me the boarding pass and the bag tags. Now I had to get to the bag drop, but there was a massive queue to get there – by far the biggest I've ever seen at Auckland – and the queue wasn't moving at all. The PA system was frequently used, first to make sure that passengers knew why the chaos was going on and soon to start paging flights. The first to be paged was NZ123 to Melbourne (leaves half an hour before my one to Sydney) then various Air New Zealand flights to the South Pacific Islands. As I waited, I talked to some of the other passengers. Two that I talked to were also on the flight because it was the 787-9's inaugural service. Glad I'm not the only one interested in these things.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3922/14724055289_2c6b89a780_c.jpg4. Airport Que by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3855/14887721076_c692bce7f1_c.jpg5. Flights Board. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3909/14907641941_8b9bf80fe2_c.jpg6. Airport Queue. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3858/14724028850_3f1d532f8b_c.jpg7. Airport Queue. Still not moving. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


At around 0745 the baggage conveyor system was finally up and running again. The backlog was slow to clear however. Air New Zealand terminal staff were very busy dealing with various passengers who were worried that they wouldn't make their flights. They were very professional and efficient, doing an excellent job, particularly given the circumstances. Just before 0800, just as NZ103 was being paged, a checkin staff member walked past, calling out the flight number. She took me and several other passengers to a separate check-in desk, weighed my bag (ten kgs, so well under the 23kg limit) and checked it in.


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5556/14735568249_3f5588df23_c.jpg8. Boarding Pass by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr




I rushed upstairs and had my obligatory photo-with-the-Middle-Earth-Statue taken (http://bit.ly/1AeJRI2) and quickly filled out my departures card. I would have liked to go to the viewing deck to see if the plane was a 787, but unfortunately there wasn't really the time. Going through immigration was quick and simple (in part thanks to the very efficient SmartGate system). I have a metal bar in my chest, which the metal detectors always pick up (though the ones at the domestic terminal don't, for some reason), so going through security took a little longer, but still no worries.

After security, I walked straight ahead, through the duty free shops towards the window facing Gate 2. Please be a ZK-NZE, please be ZK-NZE; I certainly had my fingers crossed. And there she was, sitting at the gate, covered in condensation. I was very, very happy. I started taking photos of it, most on the camera, some on the phone (so they could be uploaded to facebook/instagram etc). Unfortunately, reflections on the glass was a problem.


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5588/14922056602_b0ea73d7f3_c.jpg9. First glimps of ZK-NZE @ the gate by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


10. ZK-NZE @ the gate by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr



11. Sorry about the reflections. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


On the ramp, behind ZK-NZE, was ZK-OKR; the newest 777-300ER in the Air New Zealand fleet. At the next gate along was ZK-NCJ (just arrived from PPT, soon to depart to TBU), then B-2736 (due to depart a little before us, to CAN) and ZK-OKP (arrived from LAX, departing for BNE).


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5582/14735874697_2a35210be0_c.jpg12. ZK-NCJ still wearing a Pacific Wave...even if it is rather faded. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

It was time to board, so I went downstairs to the gate. Business Premier and Premium Economy passengers got called first. Then the rear sections of the economy cabin. I was passenger number 83 to board.   Entry to the aircraft was done via door 2L.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3892/14899489586_18e83ddb61_c.jpg13. Walking down the Jetbridge. 787-9 at the other end. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


14. Greeted at 2L. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:05 pm

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3895/15052159862_126e495633_c.jpg15. Galley. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3900/14865848520_e4a6b423cc_c.jpg16. Galley. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


17. Premium Economy. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


18. Door 2R. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

I walked through the forward economy cabin towards the rear one. Because of the reflection of the sun on the wing (and the rather large windows), the forward economy section was very bright and also quite warm. In the forward economy section I noticed an important client I knew from work. I said a quick hi and said I'd have a chat later in the flight. As I walked through the galley, two of the flight attendants noticed my camera and offered to do selfies with me.   Typical good natured Kiwis. Another recognised me from a previous flight and greeted me by name.

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19. Forward Economy Cabin. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3878/14865769369_c589e58176_c.jpg20. Forward Economy Cabin. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3866/14865910338_7254fd9d15_c.jpg21. Forward Economy Cabin. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Eventually I reached the rear economy cabin. My (window) seat was three rows back from the exit row. I put my bag into the overhead locker, which was large and made of an expensive feeling plastic.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3921/14865943197_2e74d242b9_c.jpg22. Putting my bag in the overhead. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


23. Seated. Legroom is ok. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

The first thing noticed after sitting down was just how large the 787's windows are. It makes the cabin very light and feel very open which is good. The first thing I did upon being seated was to play around with the window's dimmer switch; this being the first time I've flown on a 787. I was rather impressed by it, though it is a bit gimmicky. On the ground the flight attendants only allow the brightest three settings to be chosen. Later in the flight (at ~20,000ft) the restrictions seemed to be turned off and any window setting could be used. Seat pitch is 32-33 inches for the economy seats of this aircraft. I found this to be fine for this flight, but for a longer one it might be more problematic. One out of the set of three seats was free. I would estimate today's load factor to have been around 80%. The IFE display says 'Kia Ora ZKOJQ) and displays the seat number on it also. A very nice feature. The music playing is upbeat and pleasant. All the cabin crew have very big smiles. Speaking of which; today's flight has a very high crew load. There are 14 cabin crew, 4 flight crew (all captains) as well as several non-uniformed airline staff members (such as IFE support technicians). All crew seem appropriately excited due to the special nature of today's flight.



24. IFE Screen. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


25. Safety card. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


26. Window. Very large. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


27. Dimmer Switch. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3894/14865809460_0088ac98e0_c.jpg28. Front Section of Rear Economy Cabin. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

(0900) Announcement from the flight deck about today's flight. The weather across the Tasman will be pleasant, but unfortunately there is currently fog in Sydney. The flight is apparently still waiting for some some passengers who have been affected by this morning's baggage problems, but will get underway shortly. I was later told that some actually didn't make the flight because of this, which is a real shame. Interestingly, the captain making the PA call didn't mention that this was the airline's first 787-9 service.

(0907) Pushback begins.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3926/15052472405_2366ed0bf1_c.jpg29. Pushback in progress. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

(0909) Pushback complete.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3868/14865875008_ec446f8c1d_c.jpg30. Pushback complete. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

(0911) The engine start process begins. Being a 787 this is done electronically, rather than with bleed air from the APU. I noticed that this is incredibly loud. Much more so than a Boeing 77W, let alone the 737s or A320s that I'm used to.

(0915) We start to move forwards. The China Southern 787 has already left its gate. We taxi past ZK-OKP. The safety video playing today is the 'Bear Essentials of Safety' with Bear Grylls. Although they do get a little tiresome once you've seen them more than a few times, it is a nice touch that Air New Zealand goes the extra mile for their safety videos. Quite apart from being a great promotion of the Routeburn Track (where the video is filmed), it does make a real difference with many more pax paying attention than with the safety videos/demos on other airlines. Gate to gate use of IFE and electronic devices is permitted on Air New Zealand's 787s, so most passengers are soon watching movies/tv etc.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3862/14865907837_8e5f65aaa7_c.jpg31. ZK-OKP. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5579/15029456736_934960f04c_c.jpg32. Flaps Extended. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3852/15052094752_e29ceab8ec_c.jpg33. Flight Control Check. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5561/15029449696_207d3aef5e_c.jpg34. Sup Gandalf. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3905/14865851878_53092148ab_c.jpg35. Company Q300 (ZK-NET) rotates. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr




https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/14865702699_bcb645d46d_c.jpg36. China Southern off to CAN. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:19 pm

(0920) We are holding short of Runway 23L. A Virgin Australia 77W (VH-VOZ, I believe) is visible at ANZES. We wait two minutes for some small traffic to arrive and vacate the runway.

(0922) Takeoff. The takeoff run is smooth (brand new landing gear, right) and quieter than most other jets (though not especially so in the same way that an A380 is). I videoed the take-off, but can't really be bothered uploading it at the moment. We're airborne by taxiway A9, so that's a take-off run of around 2,500 meters.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3924/15052433975_853aa5829c_c.jpg37. Climbing over the Manukau Harbour. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5592/15029427666_a868b6b433_c.jpg38. View of Auckland as we climb. CBD and Rangitoto Island are visible if you look closely. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5581/15052064172_11eb005e8e_c.jpg39. Manukau Harbour entrance. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

We climbed out over Big Bay (growing up, I spent a lot of time on that beach...plane spotting paradise) then parallel to the Manukau Harbour Entrance. Usually that’s quite a rough bit of water, though not today.



40. West Coast Beaches. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Next visible are Auckland's big West Coast Beaches. Furthest South is Karekare, then Piha, then Bethells and Muriwai.

(0929) Monique, the CSM, addresses passengers through the PA system. She proudly tells us that this is the first commercial flight of the 787-9 and thanks us for making history with Air New Zealand. At the end of her announcement passengers applaud!

(0934) Announcement about Ebola symptoms (not named specifically). If we exhibit any, we should apparently tell our nearest cabin crew member.



https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3919/14865822098_28b31383de_c.jpg41. Looking through the cabin. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

(0950) Drinks service.


42. Dimmed window. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


43. Cup of water. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/15052043172_f242b2d9eb_c.jpg44. 122km from Auckland. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

The IFE on Air New Zealand's 787s is a 9 inch touch-screen unit from Panasonic. Normally, I hate touch-screen IFE systems, because they get dirty with other people's fingerprints very quickly. Not so much a problem on this flight since the plane is new. The system itself is great, loads and loads of content to watch/listen to. Unfortunately the Airshow mode doesn't have any external camera views, which I found to be very disappointing for this day and age.

The system can be used to call flight attendants, turn on the light above the seat, view airpoints information, ask the crew questions, look at the Air New Zealand fleetlist and routemap and charge USB devices. Additionally food and drinks can be ordered through it (including a buy onboard system for those who only bought a Seat or Seat + Bag airfare type). The system has a USB port which can be used for charging mobile devices. I plugged my phone into my screen and my camera into the screen next to me.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3848/15052037512_f1f80f54b3_c.jpg45. IFE Menu. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

I decided to stretch my legs and took a walk to the rear galley. The galley itself seemed quite spacious, even with so many cabin crew around. At my end of the aircraft we had Susan, Chris, Kirsty, Kirsten and Hannah on duty. The cabin crew themselves all looked fantastic (to quote a well known airliners.net trip report 'they would have all made good wives') and were exceedingly friendly. As soon as I entered the galley I was offered food/drink/blankets etc. Also looking great were their uniforms. A few years ago, I though that the new pink design would never work and be a real eyesore, but I'm pleased to have been proven wrong. It looks excellent, really stands out and makes a good statement. The aprons look really good to. I stood next to 4R then 4L and had a good chat to several of them about the aircraft/airline etc. They were all very excited to be on the inaugural flight and to show off 'our new baby'. As I mentioned earlier, this flight had 14 cabin crew because it was being used for training. Senior cabin crew members were teaching more junior members how to use the aircraft's various systems etc.


46. Window in Door 4R. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

(1011) Meal announcement, so it was time for me to return to my seat. Even though I'd already had breakfast before leaving home, I was hungry enough to have something else to eat. The choice today was the same offering for all morning Trans Tasman flights; Cooked Breakfast or Continental Breakfast. The Cooked Breakfast included Scrambled Eggs, Sausages and Potatoes while the Continental Breakfast included Cereal, a Muffin and Chopped Fruit. I chose the Continental Breakfast, as I always do. Its my favourite in-flight meal. The Cereal was Muesli with Rice Bubbles and Corn Flakes. This tastes great; literally the only Muesli recipe that I actually like and thus Air New Zealand flights is the only time I eat Muesli. The muffin was good – not particularly large, but I guess that means its light on calories. Fruit was mainly good, though there is one there that I don't like.

(~1020) Flight Attendants came around to serve meals. Drinks could be ordered in person as the Flight Attendants came past with the meals, or through the IFE. I had a hot chocolate, which was made manually in the galley. It was very good.


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5586/15052387085_9c4b083c9e_c.jpg47. Continental Breakfast. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5583/14865644399_8a561acfc1_c.jpg48. Best Breakfast...Yes it is! by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5551/15049323151_ee66535379_c.jpg49. Halfway across the Tasman. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


50. Wing View after Window Dimmed. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

I decided that I needed a photo of the engine, so forwards I went. I tried to get one through door 2R. Unfortunately, my results weren’t particularly successful. The best photo is below.


51. Rolls Royce Trent 1000. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

As mentioned earlier, there was a client I knew through work aboard the flight. This person is very aviation minded and even has their pilots licence, so we had a good chat about the plane amongst other things. The cabin itself feels very spacious and open.

(1050). Another drinks service. I resist the temptation to have a soft drink (they always make me feel far too energetic if I have them on a flight) and had another Hot Chocolate instead. I watched about 20 minutes of a Chick Flick of some variety, before deciding that being on a 787 was far more entertainment than what I could ever get from watching a film featuring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.




52. Wing View. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

A bit after finishing my drink, one of the Flight Attendants came to see me. Remembering I'd mentioned to her that I was on the flight because it was the 787-9's inaugural, she asked me if I wanted to see the crew rest area. Obviously, I couldn't refuse!

The rear Crew Rest Area is for the cabin crew. It is located above the rear economy cabin and galley. Access is through a door on the left side of the rear galley, quite closed to 4L. You climb up the stairs and can then access the bunks. There's actually quite a reasonable amount of space up there. The bunks themselves are nice and soft; more comfortable than the lie-flat seats in Business Premier on a 77W. Even for a tall gentleman, such as myself, there is plenty of length. I thought one would feel claustrophobic in such a space, but that wasn't a problem.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3860/14865805707_68326daedd_c.jpg53. Steps up to Rear Crew Rest Area. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/14865686850_4731034558_c.jpg54. Rear Crew Rest Area (facing fowards). by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5562/14865683530_09b38730ff_c.jpg55. Rear Crew Rest Area (facing backwards). by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


56. Rear Crew Rest Area. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


57. Wing View. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

At one point, I went to the bathroom. The bathroom walls have been decorated with graphics of New Zealand butterflies, which is a nice touch. Makes the place a lot less dull. Space is rather small.




https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3891/14865752318_5f02630d9f_c.jpg58. Sink. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


59. Walls decorated with Butterflies. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/14865784217_265db9268d_c.jpg60. Toilet. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3900/15051979092_d9cff1d6a4_c.jpg61. Lock Mechanism. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5574/14865740058_8df5cebb6e_c.jpg62. Hot Chocolate. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


63. Wing View. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

(1150) After cruising for a couple of hours at Flight Level 370, we reached top of descent. This was 190 km (102nm) out from Sydney. During the descent there was a ten minute hold. In Sydney there had been heavy fog which meant that the earlier Air New Zealand flights (NZ701 from Auckland, NZ745 from Wellington) had to divert up to Brisbane. Because of the fog, Sydney was very busy accommodating arriving aircraft. Thankfully we got ATC priority, the advantages of being a heavy, so wern't holding for too long. The Flight Attendant from before came to my seat and told me that I'd be able to view the flight deck if I waited around after landing. Very kind of her. During descent I filled out my arrivals card. Both Australia and New Zealand have quite tight customs/bio-security restrictions, so it takes a while to fill out the form.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3878/15052325475_709fd484f6_c.jpg64. Wing View. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/15051966742_23f2b1a785_c.jpg65. Hold. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3878/14865584029_a607051e32_c.jpg66. Spoilers. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Descent was smooth. The descent in cabin pressure couldn't even be felt, which is very nice.


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5564/14865647460_9ceceef194_c.jpg67. Wing clean again. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3845/14865429569_1a7f1c5ae3_c.jpg68. One of my better wing photos. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5584/14865721868_61a36670bb_c.jpg69. I see land ahead. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3870/14865717538_07ca395354_c.jpg70. Downtown Sydney is visible. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5562/15049249971_b245c39f7e_c.jpg71. Sydney. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

We went past my beloved Bondi Beach and tracked South, down the coast a bit to line up with the Runway. Unfortunately for Sydney Spotters, we would be using 34R, which is difficult to spot from. Runway 34R is a short runway and (according to a recent discussion on the Australian Aviation Thread at least) the 787-9 is the largest aircraft permitted to use it.


72. Going past Sydney Airport. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3867/14865557829_df8f65d0b1_c.jpg73. Airport close up with a good view of Mascot. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3899/15029291356_c6de245147_c.jpg74. Botany Bay. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/15049230801_b9e234f062_c.jpg75. Lining Up. Flaps. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:32 pm

Thanks for a wonderful trip report!

Air New Zealand black leather seats look pretty smart, but I am still not a fan of the narrow nine abreast seats. At least they have a fancy entertainment program. The meal looks okay!

Thanks for sharing!
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Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:15 pm

(1235) Landed on Runway 34R. I videoed the landing, but again have yet to upload it to Youtube. Approach speed was 152 knots and minimums height was 270 feet (not that it would be a problem today). Touchdown was smooth, but braking was harsh due to the short runway. As we slowed down to taxiing speed, the passengers clapped, myself included.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/15029281216_a321827011_c.jpg76. Landed. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr
A few airliners.net photographers captured our arrival.


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Photo from another Flickr member (not mine):
ZK-NZE by VH-MDK, on Flickr



https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3918/14865607970_d4639b2a1e_c.jpg77. Exiting the Runway. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3924/15029273866_b55b9d9090_c.jpg78. Sydney Control Tower. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5565/15029270386_e1a89e60c9_c.jpg79. Crossing 34L. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3889/14865596550_5470f1ef58_c.jpg80. Turning into Gate 58. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

(1240) (1040 local time) Arrived at Gate 58, ten minutes late. Just as we stopped, the engines were turned off. Total flight time was 3h 3 minutes. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the jetbridge which had broken down. We were waiting 15-20 minutes for it to be connected. No trouble for me, as I didn't have to be anywhere in a hurry, but a few passengers seemed to be a bit restless. While we waited, I did a bit of spotting out the window.


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/15052259675_5d18d892b8_c.jpg81. At the gate. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5581/14865521279_5633ed049e_c.jpg82. China Eastern. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3852/14865698337_fae3108959_c.jpg83. Delta arriving from LAX. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5555/15051891432_1a17f6cda7_c.jpg84. Emirates from DXB parking next to us. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3905/15029244436_d63743a19c_c.jpg85. Qantas A333 VH-QPH. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Eventually the jet bridge was connected and the pax slowly disembarked. I went forwards towards the flightdeck.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3868/14865642868_2a321a8804_c.jpg86. Rear Economy Cabin. Empty. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr



87. Door 2R. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3926/14865671117_dde3394797_c.jpg88. Premium Economy. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3918/15049165621_9acb6810f9_c.jpg89. Business Premier. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


90. Business Premier. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

I had a quick look around the Forward Crew Rest Area. This one is for the flight crew, so only has two bunks and is located above the forward galley and the Business Premier cabin. A nice space, but not as spacious as the other one. There is also a single seat up there.


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5565/15029216496_f2219d0e2e_c.jpg91. Forward Crew Rest Area. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5563/15029211786_2f1e2f91cd_c.jpg92. Forward Crew Rest Area. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Next up was the flight deck where I had a great chat with one of the captains (as mentioned before, there were four to choose from). This particular captain had been on every one of ZK-NZE's flights (including the test flights) and was the airline's 787 chief pilot. Today's flight had burned 16,200 kgs of fuel and had 4200 kgs remaining – enough to divert to Brisbane (like all the other Air New Zealand flights to Sydney had earlier) if the fog had lingered. I'll give a fuel-burn comparison with a 777-200ER (which the 787-9 is sortof replacing in the Air New Zealand fleet) eventually. Passenger load was ~80%, cargo load 18 tonnes. The seats up front were very comfortable – much better than those in a 737 and because the seat slides much further to the side, there was plenty of space to get in and out. Overhead panel is low, though there is much more headroom compared to a 737...probably because of a lower floor? Both seats have a heads up display which must be handy. The captain let me have a fiddle with the EICAS, switching around the info on display, bringing up then hiding the NAV display etc and have a look at the FMC/MCDU.


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3849/15052202785_604f16f846_c.jpg93. Flight Deck. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


94. First Officer ZK-OJQ! by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

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https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/15029201756_5aaf1bc9d5_c.jpg95. First Officer's Control Collumn, PFD and EICAS. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3878/14865603298_98d5a5d8ce_c.jpg96. Throttles. Note the extra flap position, compared to a 787-8. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


97. Center Console. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


98. Overhead Panel. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Eventually it was time to leave.


99. Au Revoir ZK-NZE. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3846/14865444369_ce16b6bba7_c.jpg100. Parked at Gate 58. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr


101. Looking good in the morning Sun. by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Final Thoughts.
I have to say that I really, really enjoyed the flight; my best one in years. The aircraft was fantastic. Originally, I was led to believe that Air New Zealand had gone for a much too cramped configuration, but thankfully that isn't the case. For my flight the seat space was fine, though it might be a bit less so on a longer flight to Tokyo or Shanghai. Yes, a 2-4-2 economy configuration would be better, but sadly 3-3-3 is the new standard; only one airline (ANA) has 2-4-2 on their 787s and even then, its just a subfleet. Initially I was also led to believe that things like the lower cabin pressure, larger window and the window dimming were sales points that actual customers would never notice; again I was proved wrong. The IFE system was great; loads of content and plenty of other information is avaliable. Air New Zealand has the system configured in such a way that it is integrated well into an overall cabin management system. The cabin crew were also great; absolutely top notch. Very professional, yet still friendly and offering an unbeatable level of cabin service (yes, even better than Singapore Air). I honestly can't fault them. And yet this is reasonably normal for every Air New Zealand flight. Standards are very high. I know that as a regular Air New Zealand flyer, you get used to this and then get a shock when on foreign airlines and judge their crew quite harshly. The flight was so good that I'm almost ready to forgive the airline for plastering that ghastly fern on the side of their aircraft. Almost.

This is my first airliners.net trip report. I actually fly reasonably regularly, but don't usually bother to do much more than take a few photos, log the registration etc. Unfortunately, between editing and uploading all the photos, writing the report then editing and rearranging it, a trip report such as this takes quite a lot of time to compile. Thus reports from me are likely to be very infrequent. I'm always impressed how so many people in this forum do these so regularly and so well. Let me know what you think of mine and if I've missed anything. I'll be happy to answer any questions. A big thanks has to be said to those in the New Zealand Aviation threads who helped me out with a few things (you know who you are) and to all the Air New Zealanders – from the ground crew, through the checkin agents, to the cabin and flight crew - who made the flight go so smoothly. Overall, I'm very pleased to have been on the inaugural flight. Every-time I see a 787-9 I'll think about this.   

Also, I'm feeling the need to change my username to ZK-NZE....if only that were possible. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/14866133388_68cc981d34_c.jpgFarewell by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:53 pm

Hello ZK-OJQ!!

That was one awesome trip report! I had no idea it was your first till you said so.   

It's been 12 years since my last Air New Zealand flight so I certainly can't comment or compare their service, but it looks like everything went very well for you. Must be nice to be on an inaugural service, with all the hype and excitement abound! No special fanfare for the flight though? Or water canon salute? Haha.

Quoting ZKOJQ (Thread starter):
At one point, I went to the bathroom. The bathroom walls have been decorated with graphics of New Zealand butterflies, which is a nice touch. Makes the place a lot less dull. Space is rather small.

Oh dear my girlfriend would have a fit with that. She hates butterflies   

I'm surprised that Business Premier is still in a herringbone layout. I always thought it wasn't popular, with the likes of CX doing away with theirs pretty quickly. I've an upcoming flight on CX's A340 (which still has it) and am wondering what's the best way for a couple to sit together. Across the aisle? One behind the other?

I've only been on the 787 once though I wasn't overly impressed. Maybe she'll grow on me with time.

Thanks again for this TR and lovely photos. Keep writing!!

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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:39 pm

Great report and loved all the photos you included. That plane looks so good painted like it is for NZ
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:20 am

Hi ZK-OJQ,

Great report!

I was on the flight as well. I can just see a bit of my head and arm in your pic of the premium economy cabin! Was wondering when someone would get round to posting a TR for this. Still working on mine, hoping to get it done over the weekend.

Have to agree it was a great flight, the crew were fantastic and very accommodating.

Thanks for the TR!

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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:12 am

Probably the best first trip report I've read!

Love the idea of being able to ask questions of the crew via the IFE. I suppose it saves them having to visit personally and risk waking a sleeping companion. Would love to fly NZ now, though I think a certain local airline needs my help making a profit, unlike the former.  
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:04 pm

Things I forgot to mention:
- How good the cooked breakfast smelled.
- How it only took eleven minutes from leaving the jetbridge to walking out the international terminal. I must have spent enough time in the flightdeck that all the passengers from the A380 next door had cleared before me. A record for me!

Also, here are a few photos which I forgot to include before:

One thing that I noticed was that the chrome was coming off the buckle of my seat-belt. On the first flight of a brand new aircraft. I think Boeing might want to talk to one of their suppliers about quality standards.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3846/15061844672_ff182fa9c1_c.jpgSeatbelt Buckle Loosing its chrome finish by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5566/15062193595_26cba3fe11_c.jpgSeatbelt Buckle Normal by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

These are the headphones.
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5587/15059176041_02536355a6_c.jpgHeadphones by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

I listened to a little Coldplay...
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3861/14875484249_97d262acf0_c.jpgColdplay by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

...and spent a lot of time looking at the fleet listings (and checking them for accuracy, of course).
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3861/14875630848_5be26b3d6b_c.jpgAir New Zealand Fleet Listings by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3886/15039189746_f311493d80_c.jpgAir New Zealand Fleet Listings by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5567/14875624458_e24112b412_c.jpgAir New Zealand Fleet Listings by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3925/15062207045_e2b0cd26f6_c.jpgAir New Zealand Fleet Listings by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3922/15062204685_560b5fea62_c.jpgAir New Zealand Fleet Listings by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Reverse of the safety card.
Safety Card by ZK-OJQ, on Flickr

Quoting Carfield (Reply 3):
Thanks for a wonderful trip report!

Not a problem. Glad you liked it. Thankyou for reading this far.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 3):
Air New Zealand black leather seats look pretty smart, but I am still not a fan of the narrow nine abreast seats.

Leather seats are only in Premium Economy and Business Premier. The normal economy seats are a nice, soft fabric. I didn't find seat width to be a problem, but I agree that the less rows, the better. In an A330/A340 the cabin is 21 cm narrower and they get one less row of seats. All else equal, the A330/A340 should be much more comfortable. I'd really like to have a longer flight in the Air New Zealand 787, so that I know how comfortable it is after a eight/nine/ten hour flight.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 3):
At least they have a fancy entertainment program.

Kudos to the airline and Panasonic for creating it. Eventually the same system will be brought to the 777 fleet also. The first one to have a refit (ZK-OKA) already has it installed. From the cabin crew's point of view, they mentioned that it made their job much easier.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 5):
No special fanfare for the flight though? Or water canon salute?

No, there wasn't disappointingly. The aircraft itself flew to Sydney once previously, but that was just a route proving flight without passengers. Maybe it received a water-cannon salute then. Also, I was kinda hoping for celebratory cake at the gate after landing or something.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 5):
I'm surprised that Business Premier is still in a herringbone layout. I always thought it wasn't popular, with the likes of CX doing away with theirs pretty quickly.

Likewise. When I've flown BP, I haven't liked facing away from the window. It just doesn't seem right, though everything else was fine. Personally, I think the Premium Economy recliners would be preferable on this aircraft.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 5):
Oh dear my girlfriend would have a fit with that. She hates butterflies

Well, if you're travelling with her, you'd better fly on an Air New Zealand 77W instead. Their bathrooms are decorated a bit differently:
http://www.airlinetrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ANZ_bathrooms_B777-300.jpg
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:08 pm

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 6):
That plane looks so good painted like it is for NZ

ZK-NZE looks ok (inspite of the horrible fern), but the next few 787s to join the Air New Zealand fleet have the terrible 1/2 black, 1/2 white fuselage which looks like a mess. I don't have a photo of the front of -NZF, but it will look similar to -OKR. The White to Black join doesn't work and there is too much blank white fuselage.


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Quoting 9vswa (Reply 7):
Great report!

Thanks.

Quoting 9vswa (Reply 7):
I was on the flight as well.

Awesome! I wonder how many other a.netters were aboard.

Quoting 9vswa (Reply 7):
Was wondering when someone would get round to posting a TR for this. Still working on mine, hoping to get it done over the weekend.

Trip reports take so long to write. Whilst on the flight, I had some idealistic thought that I'd have mine written and uploaded by the end of the day. Sadly not! I look forwards to reading yours.

Quoting 9vswa (Reply 7):
Have to agree it was a great flight, the crew were fantastic and very accommodating.

   It probably helped that there were so many onboard.

Quoting allrite (Reply 8):
Probably the best first trip report I've read!

Compliment appreciated.

Quoting allrite (Reply 8):
Love the idea of being able to ask questions of the crew via the IFE

From the crews point of view, I think it makes it easier because after being asked about whatever, they don't have to make another trip to get the stuff (food, drinks, arrivals card, destination info pack, blanket etc) before delivering it. As a pax, when you want something, you can either select it from the menu or you can send an 'email' to the crew computer thingy in the nearest galley. Additionally, it means they are much less likely to forget about someone's request, since the system apparently has a specific checklist. Oh and I believe it can be used between cabin crew aswell, so that the CSM (at the front) can send an 'email' to the crew in the back galley asking to bring them something, rather than making a call on the phone system.....or walking down to ask in person.


Quoting allrite (Reply 8):
Would love to fly NZ now, though I think a certain local airline needs my help making a profit, unlike the former.

Haha. I actually booked my return leg through that certain local airline, even though the flight wasn't operated by their metal. I know the few $ of additional ticket revenue won't put a dent in their bottom line, but every last cent counts, right. I hope they'll be flying widebodies across the Tasman again one day.

Regarding Air New Zealand's profits, its refreshing for an airline that has such a high standard of service to be making so much money. I find it very frustrating when the more profitable airlines are the ones who treat their passengers like animals...cough Ryanair...cough Spirit etc   
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:03 am

Excellent TR. Thanks for posting!
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:24 am

Great report. I'm flying SYD to AKL tomorrow night on the 787-9, and I am really looking forward to it.
 
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:33 pm

Great report and thanks a lot for posting. A few things that i noticed.

1) That 789 does look beautiful in that black livery. Will their existing 77Ws and 77Es also get the same livery? I know NZ had launched another black/white livery but can't remember what aircraft were supposed to get them.

2) The interior also looks very pretty with the black and white color scheme.

3) Really like the idea of ordering drinks from IFE. I wonder whether this is going to become a standard feature in other airlines or whether NZ have an exclusivity agreement with the manufacturer. I certainly don't recall seeing it any other airline.

4) Crew rest areas look generous which is great for long haul flights

5) I wonder why NZ decided to change the PremiumEconomy seating back to the older type of seats, moving away from the ones in the 77Ws.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 3):
Air New Zealand black leather seats look pretty smart, but I am still not a fan of the narrow nine abreast seats. At least they have a fancy entertainment program. The meal looks okay!
Quoting zkojq (Reply 4):
(ANA) has 2-4-2 on their 787s and even then, its just a subfleet.

Well 3-3-3 is pretty much the standard on 787s now. JL is the only other airline that I know that has a 2-4-2 config (for now at least). I do find 3-3-3 on 787s more comfy than the 3-4-3 on the 77Ws

Quoting zkojq (Reply 4):
This is my first airliners.net trip report. I actually fly reasonably regularly, but don't usually bother to do much more than take a few photos, log the registration etc. Unfortunately, between editing and uploading all the photos, writing the report then editing and rearranging it, a trip report such as this takes quite a lot of time to compile.

And what a spectacular first report! I will also do my first TR at some point. I get conscious of people staring at me while i take out my SLR to take pictures of inflight meals. Poor excuse, I know! But I have an AKL-SYD-LAX-ORD coming up in the next two days so perhaps I'll write one.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 5):
I'm surprised that Business Premier is still in a herringbone layout. I always thought it wasn't popular, with the likes of CX doing away with theirs pretty quickly. I've an upcoming flight on CX's A340 (which still has it) and am wondering what's the best way for a couple to sit together. Across the aisle? One behind the other?

I found NZ's herringbone very comfortable actually. The one CX have (and these are being phased out now) are supposed to be much more cramped. The only downside of the NZ seat is how hard it is to look out of the windows.

Once again, great report and thanks for posting.
 
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:06 pm

Great trip report! The black paint job looks amazing, but I wonder if that makes the cabin feel warmer than non-black painted aircraft?

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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:10 am

that aircraft has been on the Auckland/Sydney route today and is now on its way back to Auckland
 
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:36 pm

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 11):
Excellent TR. Thanks for posting!
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 12):
Great report and thanks a lot for posting
Quoting 9V-SPJ (Reply 14):
Great trip report!

Many thanks. 
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 12):
I'm flying SYD to AKL tomorrow night on the 787-9, and I am really looking forward to it.

Awesome. How did you find it? Hope you had a good one.

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 13):
That 789 does look beautiful in that black livery. Will their existing 77Ws and 77Es also get the same livery?

The new standard livery is the one featured in ZK-OKR (pictured above, somewhere). Most aircraft in the fleet (with the exception of the 747 and 767s) will get repainted in this unfortunately, but my understanding is that a few aircraft (or was it a few 787s?) would get the same livery as ZK-NZE.

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 13):
I wonder whether this is going to become a standard feature in other airlines or whether NZ have an exclusivity agreement with the manufacturer.

The 767s and International A320s have the 'order food/drinks through the IFE' feature too, though I think that their IFE system is also made by Panasonic.

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 13):
I certainly don't recall seeing it any other airline

Nor do I.

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 13):
I wonder why NZ decided to change the PremiumEconomy seating back to the older type of seats, moving away from the ones in the 77Ws.

Apparently the Premium Economy Space Seats on the 77Ws take up too much floor space for the amount of $ they yield. The 787's Premium Economy seating is more space efficient.

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 13):
JL is the only other airline that I know that has a 2-4-2 config (for now at least).

Ah. I thought it was just ANA, but you're right.

Quoting qffflyer (Reply 15):
that aircraft has been on the Auckland/Sydney route today and is now on its way back to Auckland

Its been to and from Sydney twice today! Shows that the airline is confident in the aircraft and has a decent number of crew trained up.  
Quoting 9V-SPJ (Reply 14):
The black paint job looks amazing, but I wonder if that makes the cabin feel warmer than non-black painted aircraft?

I didn't mention that as we were waiting for the ground crew to sort out the gate and get it connected, the cabin temperature went up quite noticeably. There wasn't much air coming through the PSUs, so I assume that the PACKs (air conditioning) had been turned off and that the aircraft hadn't been plugged into an air supply. This was with the outside air temperature of 17 degrees c. I don't know if the rise in cabin temperature would be different if the aircraft was painted white, but I assume that since the airline has a black 777, two black A320s (and some black regional aircraft too) they wouldn't have painted the 787 black if the livery was causing operational problems.
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:53 am

Quoting zkojq (Reply 16):
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 12):
I'm flying SYD to AKL tomorrow night on the 787-9, and I am really looking forward to it.

Awesome. How did you find it? Hope you had a good one.

I'm not much of one for writing trip reports, but I had a great flight. Since I bought Works Deluxe I was seated in premium economy which was really nice. ( On Wednesday I went over to SYD in J on the dear old 767 - I thought that the premium economy seat coming back was pretty close to being as good as the old style J ... and with a much better screen for IFE ).

Being quite short ( only 1.72 ) I liked the double ended latches on the overhead bins. The quirky wallpaper in the toilet is becoming something of an NZ signature as well.

I was blown away at just how big those windows really are ( although not a lot of use on this flight since it was an 18:45 departure from SYD) .

Crew were wonderful, as usual. (A friend of mine in NZ told me that in the short term they are putting more crew on than they normally would because they want to train as many crew as possible as quickly as possible ) .

Sitting in Koru lounge at SYD watching it taxi in was great... the 787 really is a sexy beast.
 
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:39 am

Great report, and lovely to see the NZ 787-9! How come they didn't install the new style Y+ seats on the 787? I like the butterfly decorations!
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RE: Boeing 787-9 Inaugural With Air New Zealand

Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:00 am

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 17):
A friend of mine in NZ told me that in the short term they are putting more crew on than they normally would because they want to train as many crew as possible as quickly as possible

Yup. Both with flight crew and cabin crew.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
How come they didn't install the new style Y+ seats on the 787?

What are you referring to by 'new style Y+ seats'? The ones installed are the new Y+ seats.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
I like the butterfly decorations!

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Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos