Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 will fly into Sydney Airport today, giving Sydney planespotters their first chance to see the big black bird before it begins a temporary trans-Tasman service early next month.
The return leg is tagged as NZ6022 and is due to leave Sydney at 6.10pm.
The flights are being conducted as part of a 'entry into service' requirement and while the plane isn't carrying any paying passengers on this trip it's packing a full revenue load of cargo.
Air New Zealand is the first of six airlines which will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 this year, with a daily Auckland-Perth service slated for October 15.
United Airlines will quickly follow on October 28 with new direct flights between Los Angeles and Melbourne which will ditch the current dogleg route via Sydney.
Scoot's Dreamliner debut in December is tipped for Singapore-Sydney, while Etihad Airways will bring its Boeing 787-9 to Brisbane from June 2015.
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