World’s largest all black aircraft touches down in Auckland

Posted on 12/01/2012 by AirNZ

Air New Zealand’s newest Boeing 777-300ER, the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted all black, touched down at Auckland International Airport for the first time at approximately 9.00am on Thursday 12 January.

Pilot-in-Command Captain David Morgan along with Captain Bob Tritt, Captain David Wilson and CEO Rob Fyfe were greeted by Engineering Manager Chris Field and Air New Zealand staff as they disembarked at our Engineering Base at Auckland International Airport.

The aircraft’s all black paint job is overlaid with a design featuring New Zealand’s distinctive silver fern that extends across the rear of the aircraft up to its tail. The paint job was extremely complex requiring 14 expert painters at Boeing working in shifts 24 hours a day to get the job done.
 
Painting of the aircraft is part of Air New Zealand’s sponsorship of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and the World Champion All Blacks rugby team.