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.
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.”
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.
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.
Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, said ’œWe 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.