Air New Zealand showed off the first 787-9 Dreamliner early Wednesday, a eye-catching debut for the stretch version of the Dreamliner.

The new jet features a sleek black and white color scheme, or livery.

According to reports, the plane is expected to be on display at the Farnborough Air Show, which starts next week in the United Kingdom.

Boeing celebrated the first delivery of the new 787 variant with the carrier in Everett, Wash. About 1,000 employees of the planemaker joined Air New Zealand executives and other guests at the handover ceremony.

"We are proud to be the launch customer for the 787-9," Air New Zealand finance chief Rob McDonald said in statement. "We believe it will be a game-changer for Air New Zealand, with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger comfort."

Boeing said it has orders for 409 787-9s from 26 customers worldwide, accounting for 40 percent of all Dreamliner orders.

The "Dash 9" fuselage is 20 feet longer than the 787-8, which is made in Everett and in North Charleston. The 787-9 can fly up to 40 more passengers and hold more cargo than the original version.

Boeing South Carolina is expected to start assembling its first 787-9 in the fall.