The flight marks the 787-9’s international debut and its longest flight since the Boeing 787-9 flight-test program began.

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Effective immediately, the FAA is placing an additional air traffic controller on the midnight shift at 27 airport control towers around the United States which are currently staffed with only one controller during that shift.

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Boeing’s new jumbo – the longest and heaviest passenger jet the company has ever produced – took off at 9:58:41 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on March 20, using the flight number Boeing 008 Heavy. The aircraft left the ground after a take-off roll of just over 20 seconds.

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