The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed its maiden flight on Tuesday. The aircraft flew for around five hours after departing from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The first flight is part of a nine-month testing program for the aircraft.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will soon embark on its first test flight, and industry analysts say expectations are high for the new variant. Boeing has set a goal of 99.7% dispatch reliability for the 787-9.
Boeing completed assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner on Saturday. The latest 787 model rolled off the assembly line at Boeing's facility in Everett, Wash. The 787-9 can carry 40 additional passengers when compared with the 787, and can also travel farther.
The new Boeing stretched 787-9 is on a path toward a maiden flight this summer, with tests underway on its engines. Boeing also is conducting systems checks on the first 787-9 and has begun assembly on the second.
Boeing is set to begin development of its 787-9 jet in the coming months, and the company is projecting an easier time with the 787-9 based on its experiences with the 787-8. Production on the 787-8 is now coming up to speed after many delays put the jet-maker behind schedule, and the company remains cautiously optimistic about the future of the 787-9. "From a production standpoint, all the major structural pieces are in initial build. In a lot of cases, we're early. It's a significantly different spot we're in than we were with the -8," said Mike Sinnett, Boeing vice president and chief project engineer for the 787.