Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is making progress with its first 787-9 Dreamliner, most recently painting it in the new Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery.
The refreshed look for the Boeing family began with the 747-8 and evolved with the 737 MAX. The livery retains many of the features of its predecessor, with the addition of a prominent number on the tail to distinguish among models within the same product family.
The 787-9’s fuselage is 20ft (6m) longer than the 787-8, and the type can carry 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555km). It will use 20% less fuel and 20% fewer emissions that similar-sizes aircraft. The 787-9 retains the Dreamliner design features, including large, dimmable windows; large stow bins; modern LED lighting; higher humidity; a lower cabin altitude; cleaner air and smoother ride.
Boeing is on track to roll out and fly the 787-9, currently in final production, in late summer. First delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand is set for mid-2014.