Boeing flies first 787-9 Dreamliner
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time on Tuesday, 17 September, beginning a comprehensive flight-test programme to culminate in certification and delivery in mid-2014. With its distinctive new Boeing livery, the latest member of the efficient 787 family completed a 5-hour, 16-minute flight, taking off from Paine Field in Everett WA and landing at Seattle's Boeing Field.
With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 metres) compared to the 787-8, the 787-9 will carry 1000 cubic feet more over an additional 300 nautical miles (555 kilometres). Boeing says it is on track to deliver the 787-9 to Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Twenty-five customers from around the world have ordered 388 787-9s, accounting for 40% of all 787 orders.