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The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Starts Coming Together & 787-8 Updates

Boeing employees work on the first 787-9 horizontal stabilizer. Photo by Matthew Thompson / Boeing.

Boeing employees work on the first 787-9 horizontal stabilizer. Photos by Matthew Thompson / Boeing.

The first horizontal stabilizer for the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has arrived to Paine Field — early. The new version of the Dreamliner will seat 40 additional passengers and be able to fly 8000-8500 nautical miles.

Boeing expects that the first 787-9 will go into final assembly by mid 2013, first flight will occur during the second half of 2013, it will be delivered to Air New Zealand in early 2014 and start flying passengers in mid 2014.

Conceptual image of a Boeing 787-9 in old Air New Zealand livery. I wouldn't be surprised to see a special livery on their first 787-9. Image from Boeing.

Conceptual image of a Boeing 787-9 in old Air New Zealand livery. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a special livery on their first 787-9. Image from Boeing.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon describes the 787-9 as a game changer for the airline.

“It’s hugely exciting to see the first ever 787-9 taking shape because of the significant growth opportunities these aircraft present for our business.  Having 10 new long haul aircraft enter our fleet over the next four years means we will be able to add more capacity and greater frequency to existing destinations, as well as explore new destination opportunities throughout the Pacific Rim.”

BONUS: B-roll video of First 787 Dreamliner at Increased Production Rate

The 787-9 announcement comes on the heels of Boeing rolling out their first 787-8 at an increased production rate to 7 per month and on track to reach 10 per month.

Computer image of the 787-9 from Boeing.

Computer image of the 787-9 from Boeing.

Also, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that they will start flying their 787-8s starting June 1st from Narita to San Jose, Haneda to Taipei, Narita to Bejing, Haneda to Frankfurt and Haneda to Beijing. They will also start 787-8 service from Narita to Shanghai on August 1st and begin service back to Seattle from Narita, but using a 777-300ER instead of the 787.

BONUS: In January, ANA had inaugural 787 flight to San Jose — it did not last long

Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, said “We are pleased to announce that our 787 aircraft will be reintroduced on scheduled flights from June onwards. ANA’s priority is the safety of our passengers. Our engineers have worked closely with Boeing to undertake the required improvements and we are fully satisfied with the safety of our 787 fleet.”

This story written by… David Parker Brown, Editor & Founder. David started AirlineReporter.com in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.

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3 comments to The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Starts Coming Together & 787-8 Updates

  • Richard D

    Being someone from New Zealand I can say that Air New Zealand announced a new livery last year instead of teal and blue it will be black. Also the words are to be italicized.

  • RTD8450

    WOW! The new -9 series 787 will look amazing. Seems like much better proportioned. Reminds me of the “visual imporvement” between the 772 and 300-series.

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