posted on Jul, 19 2013 @ 09:55 AM
Late the night of July 17th, Boeing moved the first 787-9 (ZB001) from the 40-24 bay to the paint shop. The move to the paint shop was right on
schedule for the program (which was set 3 years ago), with entry into service for the first aircraft with Air New Zealand in 2014.
The 787-9 adds a 20 foot extension, allowing for another 40 seats. It also increases the MTOW to 251,000 pounds, while increasing range to 8,500 nm.
ZB001 will be powered by the Package C version of the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 which increases thrust to 74,000 pounds, compared to the Package B now on
the 787-8. The fourth test article will have the PIP-2 upgrade for the GE engines.
After painting, Boeing will have a formal roll out for employees only.
Under the cover of darkness Boeing rolled out the first 787-9 from the 40-24 bay of the factory in Everett, Washington, in the late hours of 17
July, achieving a milestone event for the first stretched variant of the 787-8 with as little fanfare and public scrutiny as possible.
The first of four flight test vehicles rolled out of the factory to travel to the nearby paint facility. Boeing plans to stage a formal roll-out
ceremony after the aircraft is painted for employees only. Afterwards, the aircraft will begin a months-long flight test campaign and an entry
into-service with Air New Zealand in mid-2014.
The 6.07m (20ft) stretch of the fuselage adds space for roughly 40 more seats compared to the 787-8, while increasing maximum take-off weight by 10%
to 251,000kg (553,000lb) and increasing top range by 3.95% to 15,800km (8,500nm).