The first Boeing 787-9 moves to the flight-line at Paine Field. Image: Boeing.

The first Boeing 787-9 moves to the flight-line at Paine Field. Image: Boeing

Previously, we have seen photos of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (ZB001) taken while dark out, but now we get to see the aircraft in the light of day.

Yesterday, the first 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of the factory and was towed to the flight line, where Boeing will prepare the aircraft for its first flight later this summer. After the test flights are completed, the first 787-9 is expected to be delivered to Air New Zealand by mid-2014.

Nose of the first 787-9. Image: Boeing.

Nose of the first 787-9. Image: Boeing

The 787-9 is 20 feet longer than the 787-8, allowing the aircraft to carry an additional 40 passengers and fly an extra 300 nautical miles. A typical configuration for the 787-8 can hold between 210-250 passengers, while the 787-9 can carry 250-290 and the larger 787-10 will hold about 300-330.


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It looks much better with the longer fuselage, more balanced!

Manuel Vieira Ribeiro

It is unfortunate they chose a wide-angle shot for an “official” company photo.there have been many comments on other sires.

Manuel Vieira Ribeiro

Correction: comments on other sites

The -9 will render the -8 as obsolete, much as the the 727, 767 has done to its initial siblings.

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