Boeing Flies First 787-9 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx Engines
Boeing announced the initial test flight of a 787-9 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx-powered engines.
The third 787-9 to enter the test fleet, Dreamliner ZB021 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington at 12:15 p.m. local time. After a two-hour and 44-minute flight, it landed at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Boeing said it is using ZB021 to test engine performance as well as airplane handling characteristics. This includes low-speed performance and braking.
Boeing’s second 787-9 Dreamliner flew its maiden voyage on November 7. The flight-test program for the aircraft began on September 17 with the first flight of this type. Boeing hopes to complete the flight-test program so it will obtain certification and be able to start deliveries by mid-2014.
The first production 787-9 is in final assembly and is set to go to launch customer Air New Zealand after testing. A total of 26 customers have ordered 396 787-9s to date. This accounts for 40% of all Dreamliner orders.