ZK-NZE. Boeing 787-9. c/n 34334-169.


This aircraft was the third Boeing 787-9 built by Boeing at Everett, Washington

Allocated the Boeing Block Number ZB003

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N789ZB - April 23, 2013

Registered to the Boeing Aircraft Company, Renton, Washington

Airframe assembly commenced at the Everett plant - January 24, 2014

Rolled out of the production hangar - March 05, 2014

Officially rolled out by Boeing in the Air New Zrealand 'All Blacks' livery as 'ZK-NZE' - April 06, 2014

Initial engine run performed at Everett (Paine Field) - May 19, 2014

Observed with the Boeing test registration 'N1012N' taped over - May 22, 2014

Taxying tests performed - May 22, 2014

First flown from Everett (Paine Field) as BOE3 - May 28, 2014

Test route: Everett (Paine Field) - Grant County (Moses Lake) - Everett (Paine Field)

The aircraft was contractually 'handed over' to Air New Zealand at Everett - June 30, 2014

As Air New Zealand were the launch customer of the Boeing 787-9 they were the first airline to take delivery

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NZE - July 01, 2014

Registered to Air New Zealand Limited, Auckland

Accepted by Air New Zealand at Everett (Paine Field) - July 08, 2014

Departed Paine Field (07:55 local) on the delivery flight to New Zealand as NZ6789 - July 10, 2014

Arrived Auckland (16:22 local) on completion of the delivery flight - July 11, 2014

Flight crew: Captains Mark Mullins (Senior 787 Instructor), Duncan McLean (Training Manager 787),

David Morgan (Chief Pilot) and Philip Kirk (787 Technical Pilot)

The elapsed flying time was 13 hours 27 minutes

Operated proving flight Christchurch - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Auckland as NZ6021/6022 - July 25, 2014

Operated proving flight Auckland - Ohakea - Auckland as NZ6023/6024 - July 28, 2014

Ohakea Airport is the designated alternate airport for Auckland

Operated first revenue service Auckland - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as NZ103 - July 31, 2014

Current with Air New Zealand


ZK-NZE. Air New Zealand - in the 'All Blacks' livery at Auckland Airport, July 25, 2014.

(M. Cranston Copyright Image 4681-008.)

ZK-NZE. Air New Zealand - in the 'All Blacks' livery at Perth Airport, October 06, 2014

(M. Lynam Copyright Image 4681-006.)