While an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 777 have received special ‘All Black’ paint jobs recently, Air New Zealand’s smallest aircraft has been decked out in the black livery.
The Beech 1900AD arrived in New Zealand this week, and while the 19-seat plane isn’t quite as awe inspiring as its big brothers, it will serve domestic routes and is the first of three such aircraft to receive the new makeover.
It is the smallest plane in Air New Zealand’s 103 aircraft fleet.
Eagle Air’s (a subsidiary of Air New Zealand) general manager Carrie Hurihanganui welcomed the arrival of the new plane.
"Flying into and out of regional New Zealand every day we know that our customers are crazy about rugby – we're sure this will be a very popular aircraft to be on during the winter months in particular,” she said.
Last year Air New Zealand extended their relationship with the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2015, by which time the carrier would have acted as an official sponsor for 20-years.