I’m sure many of you have already seen this, but I can’t help but share. Air New Zealand just unveiled one of their Boeing 777-300ERs that’s in an all black paint scheme, to commemorate their rugby team.

Check out the video:

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Seriously, that’s the sharpest looking plane I’ve ever seen. The 777-300ER is a sleek plane, and I’ve never seen a sleeker paint job.

Love it? Hate it? Lote it?

  1. December 20th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    JP2 said,

    I totally love this paint scheme.

  2. December 20th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Delta747 said,

    I totally agree. Best looking airplane I have seen!

  3. December 20th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    chchkiwi said,

    Yes, the paint scheme is gorgeous and is similar to that on Air NZ’s first domestic A320 delivered a while back. The two men who appear at the end of (and during) the video are members of our All Black rugby team – the winners of Rugby World Cup 2011. We’re all so proud of them and the fact that Air NZ has reflected that pride in its aircraft paint job.

  4. December 20th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    James said,

    Clearly you guys never saw a Hughes Airwest plane. …just kidding

  5. December 20th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Nick M. said,

    Somehow, sexy just doesn’t quite cut it. Damn its good looking.

  6. December 20th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Kris Ziel said,

    Is it my favorite? No. But is a great looking livery and it certainly is unique (but really it isn’t because they are paint like half a dozen planes in it).

  7. December 20th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    mike said,

    sexiest for now. Until someone crashes into it easily because it’s so dark and nobody will see it.

  8. December 20th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Simon said,

    They still talk funny :)

  9. December 20th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Ilir said,

    Not to mention how many superstitious people won’t fly in a black plane.

  10. December 20th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Susan said,

    Woo! That is a good looking plane!

  11. December 20th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Josephmay said,

    I have to agree Gorgeous! And very slimming…

  12. December 21st, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Blake said,

    Let’s hope that this paint job doesn’t go the way of the US and UA darker paint jobs ad chip off until it looks lie an airline from Zimbabwe….

  13. December 21st, 2011 at 4:33 am

    A. S. said,

    It’s good-looking yes, but certainly not unique. Etihad has been painting some of their jets black for a while during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Still, a very nice livery for sure.

  14. December 21st, 2011 at 6:36 am

    steve64 said,

    It looks sharp now, but just wait until it’s been in service a few months. Dark colors on planes never hold up. In addition to the scratching, there’s also the oxidation problem.

  15. December 21st, 2011 at 7:57 am

    autolycus said,

    @James — Hey, my mom was a stewardess on Hughes Airwest in the early 70s! She found a Hughes-painted model of one of the planes she flew when she was at an antique mall a few years ago. It really is an ugly yellow.

  16. December 21st, 2011 at 8:43 am

    jmd001 said,

    Sexy? That standard was set by what I think the first plane to break the “color barrier”? Playboy’s all-black “Big Bunny”. As memory serves me, prior to the Big Bunny’s black livery, the FAA prohibited all-black on the grounds of reduced visual detectability at night. The plane was an MD DC-9-32 delivered to Playboy Enterprises Feb. 24, 1969.

  17. December 21st, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Susan said,

    Love the plane livery! And love the New Zealand All Blacks too!

  18. December 21st, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Rocky said,

    makes me want to fly it……but do the guys come with it? because if so I’m totally flying ANZ!

  19. December 21st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Lee said,

    A video of the Playboy jet is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCZ0B_3yjh0. I’m assuming this is how Austin Powers would have flown. There are several sequences with exterior shots of the plane at 4:00-4:20 and beginning at 5:30 to the end of the video that are just spectacular.

  20. December 21st, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Scott said,

    Would look even better with air nozzles inside!

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