Boeing flies third B787-9 Dreamliner
On Tuesday (19 November), the US airframe producer Boeing flew the third B787-9 Dreamliner, the first to be powered by General Electric GEnx engines. Aircraft ZB021, the third of three B787-9s dedicated to the test effort, joined the fleet some two months from the inaugural flight of the first B787-9 (cf. ITJ Daily of 19 September). Boeing will use ZB021 to test engine performance, as well as airplane handling characteristics such as low-speed performance and braking.
The B787-9 test programme continues to make great progress, with the second airplane now in Florida for climatic testing. The fleet flies regularly, and has accumulated more than 180 flight hours and more than 60 flights. In addition to the three dedicated airplanes, Boeing also will conduct some testing on two production airplanes, the first of which is in final assembly in Everett. The B787-10 development also is on plan.