Boeing has begun final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner.
The carrier announced Sunday that after beginning construction in May, Boeing is now approaching the final hurdles of constructing the newest member of the Dreamliner family. Large sections of the jet were joined last week, and now the "super efficient jet" is nearing completion.
"From the start, the entire 787-9 team has focused relentlessly on execution so that we fulfill the commitments to our customers," said Mark Jenks, Vice President, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Integrating the 787-9 into our production system on time is another clear sign that we are well prepared and well positioned for the work ahead."
The announcement comes after Boeing resumed normal service on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a series of battery problems, fires and safety concerns laid down by the FAA and Europe forced the planes to the ground. The carrier was required to redesign the battery compartments of the models and run a fresh series of flight tests before the aircraft were allowed back in the sky.
The 787-9 features a fuselage stretched by an additional 20 feet which will allow 40 more passengers to come on board for an additional 300 miles. In addition, Boeing says the new Dreamliner model will use 20 percent less fuel than similar-sized aircraft.
The aircraft also comes with a plethora of new flier facilities including dimmable windows, large stow bins and modern LED lighting. The Dreamliner 787-9 models are expected to be delivered in 2014.
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