Second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Takes to the Skies

787-9 TBC #133_-ZB002The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed a successful 4-hour, 18-minute first flight on November 7.  The aircraft, known as ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 08:06 and landed at 12:24 local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
As the only 787-9 test aircraft to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, ZB002 will test systems such as the environmental control system in addition to avionics and other aspects of airplane performance.  Boeing has conducted a series of ground tests on the second 787-9 since its completion in late September.
With manufacturing of the 787-9 flight-test fleet complete, the first production 787-9 in final assembly and 137 flight-test hours to date, Boeing says the 787-9 development is on track and the 787-10 development also is progressing as planned.
First delivery of the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand is set for mid-2014. Twenty-six customers have ordered 396 787-9s, accounting for 40% of all 787 orders.