The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed a successful 4-hour, 18-minute first flight yesterday. The aircraft, known as ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 8:06 a.m. and landed at 12:24 p.m. local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
This is the only 787-9 test airliner to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior. In addition to evaluating avionics and other aspects of aircraft performance ZB002 will also test systems such as the environmental control system. Boeing has conducted a series of ground tests on the second 787-9 since its completion in late September.
With manufacturing of the 787-9 flight-test fleet now complete, the first production 787-9 is now in final assembly and 137 flight-test hours have been completed to date. According to Boeing the 787-9 development is on track and the 787-10 development is also progressing as planned.
The first delivery of the 787-9 is to launch customer Air New Zealand which is set for mid-2014 although the airline has scheduled the first flights to begin later in the year, from October 2014 (Air New Zealand 787-9 Perth Auckland Route Prices). Twenty-six customers have ordered 396 787-9 aircraft so far, which accounts for 40 percent of all 787 orders to date.