The aircraft completed its first flight – 5-hours and 16-minute – taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington and landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
The flight was a part of the aircraft’s comprehensive flight-test program for scheduled certification and delivery in mid-2014.
The 787-9 has a 20-foot longer fuselage than the 787-8 and will carry 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers).
Air New Zealand is the launch customer of the 787-9 with the first delivery scheduled in mid-2014. In total, 25 customers from around the world have ordered 388 787-9 aircraft so far, which is nearly 40 percent of all Dreamliner orders.