The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has completed its first flight, which lasted 4 hours 18 minutes.
The aircraft, which Boeing has given the internal designation ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 8:06 a.m. local time on November 7 and landed at 12:24 p.m. local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
As the only Boeing 787-9 test aircraft to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, ZB002 will test systems such as the environmental control system, in addition to avionics and other aspects of aircraft performance.
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 complete, the first production 787-9 in final assembly and 137 flight-test hours to date, 787-9 development is on track, according to Boeing.
The manufacturer says development of the Boeing 787-10 is progressing as planned.
First delivery of a Boeing 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand is set for mid-2014.
To date, 26 customers have ordered 396 787-9s and the model accounts for 40 per cent of all Boeing 787 orders.
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