Boeing Flies First 787-9

Boeing’s 787-9 completed its first flight yesterday (September 17), marking the start of the flight-test programme that will lead to certification of the aircraft and delivery in mid-2014. The aircraft completed a five-hour, 16-minute flight, taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, and landing at the Boeing field in Seattle. The second member of the Dreamliner family is powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 engines and the first 787-9 will be joined in flight test by two additional aeroplanes, one of which will use General Electric’s GEnx engines.

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