First variant of Boeing 787 flies

Wed Sep 18, 2013 13:51:42

The first addition to the Boeing 787 family has completed its maiden test flight in the US, taking off from Paine Field, near the factory where the plane was assembled, and landing in Seattle about five hours later.

The flight on Tuesday took the 787-9 over Eastern Washington, where Boeing conducts a lot of flight testing.

The 787-9 is 20 feet (six meters) longer and can seat 40 more passengers than the original 787-8, which carries between 210 and 250 passengers.