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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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RE: Important lesson on batteries
By Shig on 9/19/2013 3:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you guys understand how federal regulation works in the airline industry? If Boeing has trouble with one plane they have to halt sales of all new planes. That's why it's such a big deal.

Once again people on daily tech argue for 20 pages on semantics.


RE: Important lesson on batteries
By Keeir on 9/20/2013 11:14:41 AM , Rating: 2
Do you understand?

Problems in service don't cause FAA interference with in-development airplane programs. Now if Boeing had been at the phase of submitting actual certification paperwork and testing for support of entry into service of the 787-9 at the time of the issues, sure it would have been an effect. But even before the battery issues the 787-9 was scheduled for first flight Q3 2013 and EIS Q1/2 2014.

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If Boeing has trouble with one plane they have to halt sales of all new planes


See, this is why "semantics" are important. Problems with the 787-8 did not affect in any way 737, 747, 767, and 777 airplanes delieveries/certification. Problems with technology in service will affect all similiar usages of that technology, regardless of plane/OEM. Fortunately for the industry only the 787-8 was using Lithium Cobalt batteries. For example, the Honeywell ELT that is suspected of causing the Ethopian 787-8 fire lead to ALL Honeywell ELT being inspected, regardless of make/model.


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