|The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing|
[Avionics Today 10-10-2014] Boeing has delivered to Virgin Atlantic Airways the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner. Virgin is the first European carrier to take delivery of the 787-9 and plans to operate the airplane initially on its London Heathrow to Boston route.
Virgin Atlantic's first 787-9 touched down at London's Gatwick Airport following a more than 4,000 nautical mile (nm) nonstop flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The airplane is the first of 16 787-9s Virgin Atlantic has ordered from Boeing.
According to Boeing, nearly 60 global customers have ordered more than 1,000 Dreamliners to date, approximately 40 percent of which are 787-9s.