Published Aug. 26, 2013
Boeing Co. rolled out the next model of the Dreamliner — the 787-9 — which emerged from the company’s final assembly plant in Everett, Wash., on Saturday in preparation for flight testing.
Boeing said it is on track to deliver its first 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014. (Photo/provided)
The airplane was put on the flightline and teams are getting ready to fly it later in the summer, Boeing said in a news release. The first delivery of the 9 series jet will go to Air New Zealand and is planned for mid-2014.
The 787-9 is 20 feet longer than the 787-8, which is the only model of the jet that is manufactured and assembled at Boeing’s facility in North Charleston and is the only Dreamliner currently in commercial service. The extended version of the 787 can carry 40 more passengers and fly 300 nautical miles farther than the 787-8, the company said.
“The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, such as its exceptional environmental performance — 20% less fuel use and 20% fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes — and passenger-pleasing features,” the news release said.
Boeing said the second and third 787-9 airplanes are in final assembly in Everett. The company said that 24 Dreamliners have been delivered to customers so far this year.
Boeing recently updated its price list to reflect pricing for the 787-10, an even larger Dreamliner expected to go into final assembly in 2017 and be delivered in 2018. The 787-9 lists for $249.5 million, nearly $38 million more than the 787-8. The 787-10 lists for $288.7 million. However, the list price for commercial aircraft is typically the starting point for price negotiations.
Source: Boeing Co.