The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the flight line at Paine Field (KPAE). Photo by Bernie Leighton.

The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (ZB001) on the flight line at Paine Field (KPAE). Photo by Bernie Leighton.

Yesterday, I was airborne over Paine Field again to capture Boeing’s gorgeous new 787. The 787-9. This aircraft will not only carry more passengers than its shorter sibling, but also offers a higher take-off weight. This will allow customers who use this frame to open routes that were never possible with current aircraft.

Although this is the first Boeing 787-9 to come out of the factory, it will not be the first to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand. This frame (ZB001), along with the next two that will come out of the factory, will be dedicated test aircraft. They will, however, be refurbished and make their way to Air New Zealand as ZK’s NZC and D by the end of next year.

With the first engine-run occurring earlier this morning, Boeing is hoping that the first flight will occur, “later this summer.” Afterwards, Boeing will conduct a number of different flight tests to earn airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Aerial shot of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo by Bernie Leighton.

Aerial shot of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo by Bernie Leighton.

Since the 787-9 is similar to the 787-8, which has already received certification, the amount of testing on the 787-9 won’t be as significant. On the what/when/where/how of those tests, Boeing tells AirlineReporter.com that details will be released, “when we’re closer to first flight.”

According to Air New Zealand, “the first two 787-9s being built will be used as test aircraft before being refitted to join the Air New Zealand fleet.  The third off the line will be the first 787-9 delivered to us.”

To date, about 40% of all 787 orders are for the 787-9, where 55% is for the 787-8 and the last 5% for the 787-10.

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CONTRIBUTOR - SEATTLE, WA. Bernie has traveled around the world to learn about, experience, and photograph different types of planes. He will go anywhere to fly on anything. He spent four years in Australia learning about how to run an airline, while putting his learning into practice by mileage running around the world. You can usually find Bernie in his natural habitat: an airport. Email: [email protected].

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4 Comments

So beautiful!

Awesome photos!

It would be great to see a side by side shot of a 787-8 and 787-9 from above or from the side to show the difference in lengths between the aircrafts.

I love these pictures!

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