First flight of Boeing 787-9 scheduled for 10 a.m.
First flights typically last several hours. In this case, the plane is to land at Boeing Field at about 3 p.m., the company said, after which the two pilots, captains Mike Bryan and Randy Neville, will hold a news conference.
Boeing is to broadcast the events live on the Web at www.newairplane.com/787/787-9. The flight also can be tracked in real time at flighttracker.newairplane.com.
The new 787-9 is 20 feet longer than the original Dreamliner, the 787-8. The -9 will carry 250 to 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles. That's about 40 more passengers and 300 nautical miles farther than the original 787-8.
The company hopes to deliver the first 787-9 to Air New Zealand in mid-2014 after six to nine months of flight tests.
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