Will the Next Boeing Dreamliner See Air Time Next Week?
Boeing (NYSE:BA) is getting ready to fly its first 787-9 next week, and the company is hoping the plane will garner significant positive media attention rather than the onslaught of bad press the Dreamliner 787-8 suffered this summer.
According to Reuters, the 787-9 is 20 feet longer than the 787-8, which hit the skies in May after a four-month delay. The plane seats up to 40 more passengers than the current model in production, putting the capacity at 290, and also has 300 more nautical miles in its range.
The new Dreamliner was scheduled to make its first flight in the second half of 2013 — thus, if Boeing succeeds in getting the craft in the air next week, the company will be right on schedule. The aircraft manufacturer still maintains that the flight could be delayed by technical factors or weather, but the company is hopeful the 787-9 will successfully make a flight in the middle or end of next week.