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Boeing has begun the final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner with the newest member of the 787 family beginning to take shape on May 30 in Everett, Washington, US.
“From the start, the entire 787-9 team has focused relentlessly on execution so that we fulfil the commitments to our customers,” said Mark Jenks, Vice President, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Integrating the 787-9 into our production system on time is another clear sign that we are well prepared and well positioned for the work ahead.”
Boeing’s global partners delivered the first 787-9 sections to final assembly on schedule, and strong progress continues beyond, with major assembly under way on the other flight-test aeroplanes. “The dedication, quality and skill of our partners are helping drive our disciplined performance,” said Jenks.
Boeing says it will build the first three 787-9s on its Temporary Surge Line in Everett to allow for smoother integration of the 787-9 into the production system while continuing to ramp up production across the 787 program.
The 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes opened with the 787-8. With the fuselage stretched by 20ft (6m), the 787-9 will carry 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555km) while using 20% less fuel than similarly sized airplanes. The 787-9 builds on leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering the features passengers prefer such as large, dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.
The vertical stabiliser on the 787-9 reflects the new Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery, a refreshed look for the Boeing family of aeroplanes that started with the 747-8 and evolved with the 737 MAX. Many features of the livery on the original 787 are reflected in the new design. The prominent number designator on the tail helps distinguish various models within the same product family.
The first flight of the 787-9 is scheduled for the second half of 2013, with the first delivery, to Air New Zealand, set for early 2014. 20 customers around the world have ordered 355 787-9s, accounting for 40% of all 787 orders.
Photo courtesy of Boeing.
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