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Local carrier Air New Zealand recently re-confirmed its support for the countries rugby team for another four years, re-signing as a major sponsor of the New Zealand Rugby Union and the World Champion All Blacks through until 2015.
The move extended the relationship between Air New Zealand and the New Zealand Rugby Union to 20 years and maintains the airline’s status as official sponsor of the All Blacks.
Their new aircraft can seat a maximum of 442 people, and at 73.9 metres in length is one of the longer commercial airliners in operation.
Entering Boeing's Seattle painting facility will see the aircraft become the world's largest commercially operated transportable structure painted all black.
Painting of the aircraft will take just over a week, part of an arrangement that will eventually see six aircraft featuring the all black livery including two Airbus A320s and three Beech 1900D turbo-props.
"A paint job like this is extremely complex requiring 14 expert painters at Boeing working in shifts 24 hours a day to get the job done," says Air New Zealand Group General Manager International Airline Christopher Luxon.
"The aircraft's all black paint job will be overlaid with a design featuring New Zealand's distinctive silver fern that will extend across the rear of the aircraft up to its tail."