First Variant of Boeing 787 Takes Off

Sep 17, 2013

The first addition to the Boeing 787 family has taken to the skies.

The 787-9 took off Tuesday morning from Paine Field, near the Everett factory where the plane was assembled.

Boeing spokeswoman Kate Bergman says the 787-9 is 20 feet longer and can seat 40 more passengers than the original 787-8, which carries between 210 and 250 passengers. The new version of the Dreamliner also can carry more cargo and fly farther.

Bergman says the 787-9 has 388 firm orders, which account for 40 percent of all 787 orders.

After flight tests and certification the first 787-9 will be delivered next June to the launch customer, Air New Zealand.