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Topic # 148916 5-Jul-2014 11:37
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For those of us who are sad planespotters, NZE is in the air in the US right now, over Denver, CO. I found it by filtering for B789 aircraft - and it's the only one showing - not surprising because it's the first of the 9 Series. Presumably on one of its pre-delivery proving flights before leaving for NZ in a day or two.

EDIT: Now on the ground at Denver Int'l Airport.


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  Reply # 1081380 5-Jul-2014 11:46
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Looks like it is currently taxiing at Denver International.

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  Reply # 1081381 5-Jul-2014 11:46
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apparently it lands here in AKL on Friday night at 445PM



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  Reply # 1081382 5-Jul-2014 11:48
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I heard somewhere that it's arriving about 8.30 am Mon morning?



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  Reply # 1081392 5-Jul-2014 12:01
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I'm not sad enough to keep up a running commentary but it's in the air again > Boeing at Everett.

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  Reply # 1081395 5-Jul-2014 12:05
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eracode: I heard somewhere that it's arriving about 8.30 am Mon morning?


i don't think thats right, I heard it leaves Seattle on Thursday July 10 at 8am local time and flies direct to Auckland to arrive around 4.45pm on Friday July 11



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  Reply # 1081399 5-Jul-2014 12:19
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nathan:
eracode: I heard somewhere that it's arriving about 8.30 am Mon morning?


i don't think thats right, I heard it leaves Seattle on Thursday July 10 at 8am local time and flies direct to Auckland to arrive around 4.45pm on Friday July 11


My info was vague (not even sure where I heard/saw it but it was in the last 24 hours) and you sound quite specific so I'm sure you're right.

Friday 4.45 pm would be a good fit for celebratory after-work drinks for Air NZ and invited guests.

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  Reply # 1081458 5-Jul-2014 14:21
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Here's a handy link showing the replay of it taking off from Denver Airport.
http://www.flightradar24.com/2014-07-04/23:57/12x/ANZ6023/3bcb363

It shows up on radar at about 23:32UTC, but doesn't take off until about 23:57UTC (the time the link takes you to).

EDIT: You may wish to filter by aircraft registration ZK-NZE to cut out all the other aircraft noise.

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  Reply # 1081460 5-Jul-2014 14:27
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It was the NZ Herald advertorial about the Dreamliner that said about arriving on Monday. This seems to have been updated now and makes no reference to the date (just says next week)




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  Reply # 1081470 5-Jul-2014 14:52
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Saw it on the ground at Boeing Everett 10 days ago. It was specifically pointed out on the tour as being the first of the 9 series. Several positive comments (from non Kiwis) about the black colour scheme.

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  Reply # 1081472 5-Jul-2014 14:56
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On a related but 'off' topic. I see the livery for this is Black with White fern and koru. Air NZ seem to have a number of current branding options using black, white or teal, and combinations of ferns and korus.
Are they moving their brand away from teals and koru towards black or is it associated with some other ongoing marketing?

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  Reply # 1081474 5-Jul-2014 15:02
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The branding moved from teal to black about a year ago, firstly with the website then all the new planes.



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  Reply # 1081476 5-Jul-2014 15:03
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allan: Saw it on the ground at Boeing Everett 10 days ago. It was specifically pointed out on the tour as being the first of the 9 series. Several positive comments (from non Kiwis) about the black colour scheme.


Would you like to tell us a bit about the Boeing tour? Planning a trip to the US next year and going to Seattle and taking the Boeing tour was going to be on list. Haven't looked into it yet.

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  Reply # 1081492 5-Jul-2014 15:37
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eracode: Would you like to tell us a bit about the Boeing tour? Planning a trip to the US next year and going to Seattle and taking the Boeing tour was going to be on list. Haven't looked into it yet.

It's a 90 minute tour through the 747, 767 and 787 assembly areas, preceeded by about a 10 minute briefing in a theatre. No cameras or mobile phones allowed (even switched off). There is locker space available to rent ($5 from memory) to store these. I made the mistake of thinking that they were totally banned from the site and so left them behind, but it's only on the tour through the assembly areas. You are free to photograph aircraft sitting outside.

On the tour you are bused over and then are walked into a maintenance tunnel and then via lift (elevator) up to observation areas overlooking each of the assembly areas. There is a a description from guide (one per bus) as to what is happening and questions are encouraged. I noticed they are still using Windows XP on the factory floor haha.

You are then bused back via the parking area for planes awaiting handover/further testing/painting etc (which is where the AirNZ 787 was) and returned to the original reception area and the inevitable shop and a static display area. They were seeking input from people on seat design the day we were there.

Overall there is a fair amount of walking involved (these are big buildings) but it's not particularly onerous. My wife is not particularly technically minded, but she really enjoyed it.

Hope that helps.

Fixed a typo.

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  Reply # 1081497 5-Jul-2014 15:40
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We managed to get a factory floor tour in 2010 buy the production line manager. It was organised for us by the Air NZ Rep at boeing as we were there doing some promotional stuff. We were able to walk in and amongst the planes being built, and even got to walk inside a few before the interior fitout, was really really good.

I believe most tours are around the catwalks but it would still be well worth it if you are into that sort of thing.



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  Reply # 1081500 5-Jul-2014 15:48
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Thanks Allan and Jason. Will definitely build it into our trip.

Sounds a bit like the Kennedy Space Centre tour we did in Florida a couple of years ago - except NASA is more of a sunset operation.

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