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Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:57 pm

*Dreamtime - Australian Aboriginal basis for many legends and lore, particularly the creation of man and the world.

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Having being fortunate enough to gain permission from HWMBO for me to fly to Perth Australia on a brand new Air New Zealand's 787-9 Dreamliner, I was able to get a flight on the official inaugural flight from Auckland to Perth. :D
There were of course test flights prior to the official launch date for crew training, iron out any kinks and get turnarounds away from home perfected, but Air NZ were careful to state if you fly to Perth before October 15 don't be disappointed if there is no Dreamliner at the gate!
They also had to wait for the second 787-9 to arrive to commence regular scheduled 787 services.

This is not the first ZK-NZF, the first aircraft to wear this registration was a DC-8!:
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Once checked in at the airport, it was off to the observation deck to see if my ride was at the gate:
And there she is, not ZK-NZE but the even newer second 787-9, ZK-NZF in the standard black and white silver fern scheme that will adorn the majority of the Air NZ fleet:
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The taxing A320 is sporting the special All Black scheme applied to just a select few aircraft in the Air NZ fleet.


By the time I made my way back downstairs, bid farewell to HWMBO, and zipped through security thanks to the new smartgate system the clouds had rolled back to reveal clear blue skies for departure.
Walking up Pier A to the gate, I caught a peek of NZF now tucked behind a Cathay A340:
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:09 pm

On the other side of the pier, I also caught a glimpse of one of the soon to be retired 767-300's, which the 787 is replacing:
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Once at the gate, I was almost nose to nose with a 787 :D :
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There was very little fanfare from Air NZ, just an announcement over the PA welcoming passengers to board Air NZ's brand new Dreamliner service bound for Perth.Flashy product launches at the gate is not their style, but they have set up a website just for the Dreamliner: http://www.airnewzealand.com/dreamlinerflyhappy/en#!/welcome

No chance of sitting at the wrong seat here, with a personalized greetings on the IFE screens, the touch screen based entertainment system works brilliantly and you can also order snacks and beverages for prompt delivery to your seat once Airborne, no green cocktails on the menu though:
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Outside the huge window, the other end of the latest Aircraft spectrum, an Emirates A380:
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:16 pm

Takeoff from Auckland airport, its fasinating to watch the wings gently curve up as the speed increases:
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Bye Bye New Zealand!


Hello Australia:
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Crossing over Melbourne:
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Crossing over a glittering spread of islands off the Esperance coast:
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby Mark » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:23 am

Looks like you had beautiful weather for it :D

Lovely experience :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:45 am

Certainly couldn't of asked for better weather with clear blue skies all the way.
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:53 am

Crossing over Western Australia there is quite a few salt lakes.
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Chasing our shadow on final approach into Perth:
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This is how you know you're on a new plane, the inside of the flaps and spoilers are pristine!
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After getting blasted with 35 degree heat it was time to hop into the much smaller and older Fokker 50 for the final leg up to Geraldton, an hours flight north of Perth.
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:02 am

Once at Gerald it was time to relax to enjoy the sun, surf and time with Family.


A visit was made to the HMAS Sydney memorial, each seagull in the dome represents a sailor that lost his life:
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HMAS sydney was lost with all hands after a mutally destructive battle with the German raider Kormoran
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_between_HMAS_Sydney_and_German_auxiliary_cruiser_Kormoran


The view over Geraldton:
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A manmade harbour and beach has also been made to improve the townfront, it is a huge improvement over the gungy port full of freighter and rusty crayfishing boats that used to be the sole feature of the town waterfront.
We also watched a dolphin herding fish here, but every time I raised the camera, he disappeared underwater!:
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A replica of a lifeboat is moored in the marina:
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Postby number1 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:28 am

Wow, looks like you couldnt of asked for more, beautiful plane, beautiful weather and of course time with your family
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby Mark » Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:24 am

Tell me I'm not jealous ! I keep telling myself, but I don't really believe it !
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:05 pm

Lots of time was spent enjoying the beaches.
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......and the antics of my Uncle on a surfboard, he's also makes custom surfboards:
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Here he's demonstrating how to dismount a surfboard with style:
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A fellow surfers dog waiting patently for his owner:
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Possibly two of the happiest dogs on the planet:
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:17 pm

All to soon it was time to head home.

At Geraldton Airport they have a nice model display, including the HMAS Sydney. Not often you see naval models at an airport:
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The ride back to Perth, another Fokker 50, note the still stunning weather!:
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Unfortunately my ride back home, ZK-NZE was at the far end of the Pier making it hard to admire the all back scheme.
But I can now say I have been in every Dreamliner owned by Air New Zealand :ugeek:
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I was lucky enough to scoot up into almost posh class or premium economy for the return journey, with a massive amount of room.
If I had a cat with me, I could of swung it:
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Grandstand view of the RR Trent's:
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:21 pm

By the time we took off it was dark, so no point taking videos this time!
One of the joys of being awake at 41,000 feet as we catch up to the rising sun:
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Home again!
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby Manoverboard » Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:27 pm

Hi Morrigan,
Great pics :clap: :clap: you lucky b***er :lol: It's freezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing here in the UK ! :D
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby casper » Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:17 pm

Lovely piccies Morrigan :mrgreen:
thats some view port side
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:17 am

The interior is a lovely shade of pink :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby builder » Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:28 pm

Thanks Morrigan for the F-50 (Dutch product!); bringing back memories; Calcutta to Dhakka 1978.
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Re: Dreamliner to the land of the Dreamtime*

Postby morrigan » Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:25 am

Mark wrote:The interior is a lovely shade of pink :laughing-rolling:

Don't worry its not actually pink, that's the cabin LED lighting set for Boarding and disembarking. Laura would love it!

builder wrote:Thanks Morrigan for the F-50 (Dutch product!); bringing back memories; Calcutta to Dhakka 1978.

and a very nice plane they are! Good solid turboprop thats' very pleasant to travel in.
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