Boeing Flies First 787-9 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx Engines

By Paul Riegler on 19 November 2013
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First flight of Boeing's Dreamliner ZB021

First flight of Boeing’s Dreamliner ZB021

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.

Accura News

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