World’s First Scheduled Boeing 787-9 Route Announced by Air New Zealand

The first flight for the new Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft will be operated by Air New Zealand between Auckland and Perth on October 15, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Air New Zealand. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Air New Zealand with further details about its Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft.

If you are scheduled to fly as a passenger between Auckland and Perth aboard a flight operated by Air New Zealand, you may be in luck.

The aircraft used for that flight may very well be a Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft; and starting on October 15, 2014, the Auckland-Perth route is expected to be the first-ever scheduled commercial route in the world for what is essentially a larger version of the original Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft.

Additional destinations for the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft operated by Air New Zealand will include Christchurch, Shanghai and Tokyo, the latter of which will be served by Air New Zealand with non-stop flights from both Christchurch and Auckland. These flights are expected to be launched by either the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015.

FlyerTalk members are generally excited about this news, as some of them cannot wait to be a passenger on this new aircraft. In fact, tickets are already on sale at the official Internet web site of Air New Zealand.

You can bet that FlyerTalk members will want to be passengers on that inaugural flight between Auckland and Perth.

If you intend to be one of those FlyerTalk members, here is what you can expect:

  • 30 percent larger windows, purportedly to allow “extraordinary views” and more natural light within the cabin
  • 20 percent less fuel consumption when compared to similar aircraft
  • Advanced air purification systems delivering cleaner, healthier air along with higher humidity, and an altitude equivalent of 6,000 feet compared with average cabin altitude of 8,000 feet — meaning that you will supposedly arrive at your destination less fatigued and more refreshed
  • The latest generation of the Panasonic in-flight entertainment systems known as the eX3

Although FlyerTalk members first discussed the possible seat configurations of the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft last month, here is the officially announced configuration of what will comprise of 302 seats in total:

  • 18 lie-flat Business Premier seats
  • 21 Premium Economy seats
  • 263 Economy seats, including 14 Skycouch rows

Air New Zealand describes the width of 17.2 inches in each seat in the economy class cabin as “spacious” seating. Some FlyerTalk members may take issue with that description.

The actual first flight of the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft occurred from Paine Field in Everett and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle after cruising for approximately over the Pacific Northwest region of the United States on September 17, 2013 — and it was considered to be “near flawless.”

That is good news. I personally hope that the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft does not inherit any of the problems and glitches suffered by its older “sibling”, causing the entire worldwide fleet to be temporarily grounded earlier this year before the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States lifted the grounding order back in April of 2013.

United Airlines, All Nippon Airways and American Airlines are some of at least 25 airlines which either already have orders placed or are expected to place orders for the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft.

Do you plan to book a reservation for a seat on the inaugural flight of the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft operated by Air New Zealand on October 15, 2014?

Perhaps FlyerTalk members can overtake the aircraft on that day if they all book tickets early enough…

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