A second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner successfully completed a four-hour, 18-minute first flight on November 7.
The flight comes nearly one and a half months after the first 787-9 completed its first successful flight on September 17.
The aircraft is the only 787 to be fitted with custom features in the passenger interior and will be used to test systems such as the environmental control system in addition to avionics and other aspects of airplane performance.
The 787-9 is the stretched version of Boeing’s currently in-service 787-8 Dreamliner. The new version has a longer fuselage and greater range.
Air New Zealand is the launch customer of the 787-9 Dreamliner with the first delivery expected in mid-2014. In total, 26 customers have ordered 396 of the longer range 787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.