Boeing Delivers Virgin Atlantic’s First 787-9 Dreamliner
Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline is the first in Europe to take delivery of the aircraft.
Virgin plans to initially use the plane on its route between London Heathrow and Boston.
The aircraft has been nicknamed “Birthday Girl” in honor of the airline’s 30th anniversary. The plane is the first of 16 787-9s that the carrier has on order.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the Dreamliner family to be produced. Similar to the 787-8, the stretched jet uses 20% less fuel and produces 20% fewer emissions than similar-sized airplanes. The 787-9 is 20’ (six meters) longer, and has greater capacity and range.
The 787-9 can seat 16% more passengers than the 787-8. It has a range of 8,300 nautical miles (15,372 kilometers), while the 787-8 is limited to 7,850 nautical miles (14,500 kilometers).
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