Already, the 787 has been the most successful new airliner in history with 28 airlines ordering more than 400 aircraft since April 2004 across three models, collectively worth more than US$55 billion.
The first 787-8 test flight is scheduled for August next year. Japanese airline All Nippon Airways will take delivery of the first jet in May 2008 as part of an order for 50.
Air New Zealand has ordered four of the larger and longer-range 787-9 model due for delivery from 2010. The airline has an option on a further 10.
Air New Zealand is counting on the 787 to open a host of new route possibilities, including India, South America and Canada.
Wellington International Airport is hoping the 787 will provide the capital with its first direct long-haul connection to Asia.
Boeing expects airlines will buy 3500 of the 787 or its Airbus A350 rival in he next 20 years.
Analysts say composite materials used to make the new plane will be revolutionary. A festive rollout is planned
The airline will be the launch customer for the 787-9 series and will take delivery of the first aircraft in December 2010.
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