Air New Zealand (Auckland) is now planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland-Tokyo (Narita) route on November 14, 2014 according to Airline Route. The new type will also be introduced on the Auckland-Shanghai (Pudong) route starting on November 30.
The initial inaugural route of Boeing 787-9 service remains the Auckland-Perth route effective on October 15. All schedules are subject to change pending certificate and delivery of the new type.
In other news, Air New Zealand welcomed the decision, which is the first of two regulatory approvals required, from the Competition Commission of Singapore concerning the proposed alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines (Singapore). The alliance is also subject to the approval of the New Zealand Minister of Transport.
The Competition Commission of Singapore has found that any competition concerns associated with the proposed alliance are outweighed by the net economic benefits to Singapore.
Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZE (msn 34334) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett, Washington fresh out of the paint shop (see video below).
Video: The painting of the first ANZ Boeing 787-9: