Today: Sept. 17 First Flight for Dreamliner 787-9

Dreamliner 787-9

Two years after delivering the first Dreamliner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes introduces the second member of the Dreamliner Team. The 787-9 is 20 feet (6 meters) longer than the 787-8 model currently in production, and will seat up to 40 more passengers, for a total of 290, making it more economical to operate.

In June, Boeing launched the 787-10, which will add another 18 feet to the 787-9’s length, but will have a shorter range than either of the earlier jets.

Boeing completed yesterday a series of initial taxi tests that will precede the 787-9 first flight.

The 787-9 certification is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014. The first delivery is due in mid-2014.

The 787-9 carries a list price of $243.6 million, compared with $206.8 million for the 787-8. Boeing hasn’t disclosed a price for the 787-10.


Flight Tracker

Follow the maiden voyage of the 787-9 Dreamliner in real-time with the Google Earth and FlightAware partnered application below. To view all currently flying 787-8 Dreamliners visit the 787 Dreamliner Flight Tracker.

Fact Sheet:

Brief Description:  The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a bigger version of the 787-8. Both are super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features that bring the economics of large jet transports to the middle of the market, using 20 percent less fuel than any other airplanes of their size.

250 to 290 passengers

8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers)

Twin aisle

Cross Section:
226 inches (574 centimeters)

Wing Span:
197 feet (60 meters)

206 feet (63 meters)

56 feet (17 meters)

Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.85

Maximum Takeoff Weight:
553,000 lbs (250,836 kg)

Total Cargo Volume:
5,400 feet3 (153 m3)

Program Milestones:
Final assembly: May 2013
First flight: 17/09/2013
First delivery: Mid-2014

Capt. Ivan

Photo Credits:  The Boeing Co.


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