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passenger: large windows, greater cabin pressure at cruise, dynamic lighting and technology to smooth out turbulence. Together, he said, they are “revolutionizing the flying experience for our customers and crews.” Those passenger-friendly features are selling points on long-haul flights, said Air New Zealand’s Parton. “Customer experience is everything for us,” he said. His airline’s first 787-9 already has made a splash due to its striking, customized black livery. 28 Frontiers July 2014 “It was a milestone moment for both Air New Zealand and Boeing to see the aircraft emblazoned with the koru and New Zealand fern, and we are certainly looking forward to seeing it touch down in New Zealand as well as at other ports throughout Asia and the Pacific,” Parton said. At ANA, taking delivery of the new Dreamliner model will help the airline continue to grow. It has 30 787-9s on order at a time when Japan’s airlines are expanding ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “The 787-9 will enable us to modernize and expand our fleet further as we seek to become one of the world’s leading airline groups,” Nomura said. “The aircraft will give us maximum flexibility and will allow us to meet the growth in demand.” Like ANA, United is familiar with the Dreamliner, having flown the 787-8 since 2012. Baur said the model continues to exceed the airline’s expectations. “It not only delivers on the efficiency


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