First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Begins Final Assembly

First 787-9 in Factory at Final Body JoinBoeing has begun final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner.  The newest member of the 787 family began taking shape on schedule May 30 in Everett, Washington State, when Boeing started joining large sections of the jet.
“From the start, the entire 787-9 team has focused relentlessly on execution so that we fulfill the commitments to our customers,” said Mark Jenks, Vice President, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  “Integrating the 787-9 into our production system on time is another clear sign that we are well prepared and well positioned for the work ahead.”
Boeing says its global partners delivered the first 787-9 sections to final assembly on or ahead of schedule, and strong progress continues beyond, with major assembly under way on the other flight-test airplanes.  “The dedication, quality and skill of our partners are helping drive our disciplined performance,” said Mr Jenks.
Boeing will build the first three 787-9s on its Temporary Surge Line in Everett to allow for smoother integration of the 787-9 into the production system while continuing to ramp up production across the 787 programme.
The 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes opened with the 787-8.  With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6m), the 787-9 will carry 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km).
First flight of the 787-9 is scheduled for the second half of 2013, with first delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand set for early 2014.  To date, 20 customers have ordered 355 787-9s, accounting for 40% of all 787 orders.