Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Visits Auckland in International Debut

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner International Debut, Auckland New ZealandBoeing has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9’s international debut and longest flight since its test programme began.

The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test programme, ZB002 flew direct from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Auckland International Airport, departing January 3 at 09:55 local time and landing (shown here) some 13 hours, 49 minutes later.  The aircraft is scheduled to continue on to Alice Springs, Australia, for testing in hot weather.

The 787-9’s fuselage is stretched by 20 feet (6m) over the 787-8, enabling it fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km) with the same environmental performance.

Boeing says it is on track to deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014.  To date, 26 customers from around the world have ordered 402 787-9s, accounting for 39% of all 787 orders.  (Photo: Boeing)