Air New Zealand has unveiled an all-black color scheme for its fifth Boeing 777-300ER delivery, which the airline says is the largest-ever commercial aircraft to be painted black.
For those that don’t know, black is tied pretty strongly to the New Zealand identity. It’s the color worn by most of the country’s major sports teams, most notably the world cup-winning All Blacks rugby team (which is sponsored by Air New Zealand).
The aircraft was rolled out of Boeing’s paint facility on Dec. 16, with a couple of All Blacks on hand for the occasion. The -300ER is expected to be delivered in late January, the last of a five-aircraft order.
It took Boeing slightly longer than usual to apply the black color scheme and a large silver fern logo. Jeff Klemann, Boeing’s VP-Everett Delivery Centre, says this was “without a doubt, one of the most challenging paint jobs we’ve ever done.”
Air New Zealand will have six aircraft featuring the black livery by the middle of 2012, including two Airbus A320s and three Beech 1900D turboprops. You would have to think the airline is seriously considering a black paint job for one of its 787-9s when they finally arrive.
The video below shows the aircraft in production and having the color scheme applied (source for photo and video: Air New Zealand).