The first 787-9, the latest version of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, also features the new Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery. The aircraft which has just rolled out of the paint hangar is scheduled to fly in late summer.
This new livery has its origins in the 747-8 and evolved with the 737 MAX. It has many elements of the original 787-8 livery and adds a prominent number on the tail to help distinguish among models.
The 787-9 has a 20 foot longer fuselage than the 787-8, the Dreamliner model currently in service, and can fly 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) with 20 percent less fuel use than similarly sized airplanes.
Air New Zealand is the launch customer of the 787-9 with its first delivery scheduled for mid-2014.