First delivery to Air New Zealand set for mid-2014
Boeing says it has completed the first 787-9 Dreamliner. The second member of the “super-efficient” 787 family rolled out of the factory at the manufacturer’s base in Everett, Washington, on Saturday to the flight line, where teams are preparing it to fly later this summer.
At six metres longer than the 787-8, the 787-9 will extend the 787 family in both capacity and range, carrying 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 kilometres).
The 787-9 leverages the design of the 787-8, such as its environmental performance (20% less fuel use and 20% fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft).
The second and third planes are in final assembly. The first delivery to the launch customer, Air New Zealand, is set for mid-2014.
[photo courtesy Boeing]