Air New Zealand, the launch customer of Boeing’s 787-9 – the long range version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – announced that the assembly of the aircraft is proceeding as per schedule.
The airline reported that the final assembly of the aircraft will soon begin at Boeing’s facility in Everett, Seattle.
Air New Zealand is expected to take delivery of the aircraft in early 2014 and start regular flights with it in mid-2014.
The airline will take delivery of a total of 10 787-9 aircraft from 2014 to 2017. The 787-9 is able to fly increased distances non-stop compared to the 787-8, the Dreamliner version currently flying around the world.