LONDON – Air New Zealand’s stunning new Star Alliance livery in an all-Blacks twist has been seen at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport.
AviationSource Guest Photographer Dirk Grothe captured the aircraft without its engines, in a rather stunning composition.
The New Special
The aircraft is due to be registered as ZK-OYB and is due to be delivered to the carrier later this year.
This is Air New Zealand’s second-ever Star Alliance special since they joined the airline alliance back in May 1999.
Their first was showcased on an Airbus A320 registered as ZK-OJH, which this particular airframe no longer flies for Air New Zealand and now flies for the new Pakistani carrier, AirSial, as AP-BOA.
As shown in the photograph, this particular Star Alliance special is backdropped by an Air New Zealand all-black livery, the carrier’s fourth current all-black special scheme.
This new special goes alongside their existing Airbus A321neo all-black, ZK-NNA, a 4-year-old frame, their Boeing 777-300ER, ZK-OKQ 11-year-old frame, their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, ZK-NZE an 8-year-old frame and their Bombardier Dash 8 Q300, ZK-NEM a 16-year-old frame.
Air New Zealand’s all-black livery is a special that is dedicated to their world-famous Rugby team, the New Zealand All Blacks, who are very well-known for their introductory Māori challenge, the haka.
At present, Air New Zealand’s Airbus A321neo fleet of currently seven aircraft serves both the domestic market in New Zealand, across the ditch services to Australia, and services to the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji.
All of their A321neos feature an all-economy configuration of 214 seats, which is noted as their international setup, and they do have a second configuration for the A321neo that isn’t yet used by the carrier but is due to be a domestic configuration of 217 all-economy seats.
Their newest special livery is certainly a stunning piece, and I’m sure many of the aviation enthusiasts in New Zealand will be eager to get photos of the aircraft once it has been delivered to the carrier later this year.