Saturday, November 12, 2011

Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner lands in New Zealand!

As I write this, I am sitting in the Air NZ Koru lounge in Auckland awaiting my next flight. I arrived in Auckland earlier today, so it's only a quick visit. The purpose of the visit is quite clear - the arrival of the Boeing B787-8, N787BA, in New Zealand. In fact, this is the first landing of a Dreamliner in the southern hemisphere.

The day started early with a 7am departure from Wellington, and a comfortable ride to Auckland in the space + section of an Air NZ B737. Then it was a short wait for the B787, which arrived right on schedule around 10am.

On to the pictures... the first is a picture of the sunrise in Wellington and after that, a bunch of pictures of Boeing's newest model touching down and taxying. An awesome looking aircraft, one which I'm sure Air NZ and passengers are eagerly waiting for. More to come [including many other aircraft from the visit] in the next few days.



Martin Scharnke said...

What is the next flight you're waiting for? Do you get to fly on the dreamliner? Or just a return to Wellington?

Rodney said...

Gidday Martin,

Just back to Wellington. The Dreamliner is a Boeing test aircraft and is filled with test equipment [not that that would stop me :-)]

Andrew Matheson said...

Hi Rodney

Looks like you had a good day for plane-spotting, and the trip was worthwhile. I saw quite a few 787s earlier this year at Paine Field in Everett and Boeing Field in Seattle and they look very sleek. It's good that this model has finally entered service, and will grace our skies on a regular basis in the future.


Anonymous said...

You think it doesn't look that big, until you notice the 737 engine on the 4th photo. Nice stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rodney,

Do you have an email address to contact you in regards to the 787?


Rodney said...


rodney (at) flying (dot) geek (dot) nz