Back in June Seattle based aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, announced that the 787-9 Dreamliner had entered into the final assembly stage. Boeing said back then that it expects to deliver the aircraft early next year. Yesterday Boeing announced that it has completed production of the first ever 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The second member of Boeing’s 787 family has now made its way from the assembly line to the flight line, where teams are preparing to take it to the skies for various tests later this summer.
The fuselage of this aircraft is 20 feet longer than the 787-8 Dreamliner. This particular aircraft expands the Dreamliner family’s capacity and range. Customers who want to carry an additional 40 passengers for over 300 nautical miles more than the conventional Dreamliner can go for this member of the family. Boeing also announced that the second and third 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft are now in final assembly, adding that the company and the 787-9 is completely on track. Air New Zealand is the launch customer for Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, delivery is expected to take place in mid-2014. Boeing could definitely use some good news related to the Dreamliner, this year has been particularly hard for this family. Dreamliners were grounded for over four months as Boeing was forced to go back to the drawing board to make modifications to the battery system.