The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) going places with the 787-9 Dreamliner
The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) has announced that it has completed its 1st 787-9 Dreamliner. The magnificent aircraft was rolled out from the Everette, Washington factory to its flight line today. The plan is that the first of these aircrafts will be flown later this summer. BA said that this aircraft is the 2nd member of the 787 family of super-efficient planes.
The flying champ
It is a, mid-size, long range, twin-engine aircraft that has 210 -330 passenger variants. This latest aircraft is 20 ft longer than the 787-8. BA has extended the range and the capacity of the 787 family of aircrafts. Boeing said that these aircrafts have the ability to carry 40 extra passengers and can fly 555km or 300 nautical miles.
The Boeing Company has emphasized that the 787-9 has exceptional environmental-performance and uses 20% less fuel. In addition, its emission levels are 20% lower in comparison with other aircraft in the same size segment.
Production on track
According to BA, the 2nd and the 3rd 787-9’s are right on track with production schedules and Air New Zealand will be receiving its first delivery of this aircraft by mid-2014. Boeing has also announced that Xiamen Airlines has ordered 6 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes worth a total of $1.3B. The president and Chief Executive Officer of Xiamen Airlines, Che Shanglun said that their decision to add 787’s to their all-Boeing fleet is essentially a strategic decision to facilitate their expansion plans.
The efficiency and range of the 787 makes it the perfect fit in the company’s newer, non-stop global routes, said Shanglun. The Vice-president of sales for Northeast-Asia of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ihssane Mounir said that Xiamen Airlines is a strong and steady customer for Boeing. He said that the company is honored that they have earned the confidence and trust that is the basis of any long-standing business relationship.