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787-9 delivery is expected to begin mid-2014

Boeing has announced the latest version of its 787 Dreamliner has taken its first flight. The new aircraft is the 787-9, which has fuselage that has been stretched by 20 feet compared to the 787-8.That additional 20 feet of fuselage space allows it to carry 40 additional passengers over an additional 300 nautical miles.
 
The 787-9 is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Boeing says that the first 787-9 will also be joined by a pair of additional test aircraft with one of those featuring GE GEnx engines. Boeing says that those two additional aircraft are in final stages of assembly at its factory in Everett.

 
The first flight for 787-9 lasted five hours and 16 minutes. The aircraft took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington at 11:02 AM local time and landed at 4:18 PM at Seattle's Boeing Field.

During the test flight, the aircraft climbed to 20,400 feet and cruised at roughly 288 mph.

The first 787-9 aircraft will be delivered to Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Boeing says that it has received orders from 25 customers around the world totaling 388 787-9 aircraft. That means that the 787-9 currently represents 40% of all 787 Dreamliner aircraft ordered. 

Sources: Boeing, Newairplane.com





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