has completed its first 787-9, as the company rolled the aircraft out of its Everett, Wash., production facility this weekend.
(Boeing's first 787-9. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
The 787-9 is 20 feet longer than the 787-8 and carries 40 more passengers. It also has a range that is 300 nm farther than the 787-8.
The roll-out was one of few bright spots for Boeing's 787 program, following a four-month global grounding of the Dreamliner
fleet earlier this year after a battery fire in January diverted an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight. After the grounding was lifted, a fire broke out on an Ethiopian Airlines 787 at Heathrow Airport
, leading to a new airworthiness directive from FAA
instructing operators to remove the aircraft's fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT).
Boeing plans on flying the 787-9 for the first time later this summer.
Launch customer Air New Zealand is scheduled to take delivery of its first 787-9 in mid-2014.