Second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Takes First Flight
Boeing announced that 787-9 Dreamliner ZB002 completed a four-hour, 18-minute first flight on Thursday.
ZB002 is the second 787-9 that has flown but it’s the first and only test airplane that will be outfitted with elements of a passenger interior. It departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington at 8:06 a.m. and landed at 12:24 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Boeing said it plans on testing the aircraft’s environmental control system in addition to avionics and “other aspects of airplane performance” with this aircraft. The plane was completed in late September and has since undergone a series of ground tests.
The flight-test program for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 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. Earlier today, Air New Zealand announced that Auckland-Perth will be the 787-9’s first scheduled route.
A total of 26 customers have ordered 396 787-9s. The 787-9 accounts for 40% of all 787 Dreamliner orders.