Give me wings

There’s more progress to share as the 787-9 continues to roll along. The wings for the first airplane recently arrived at our Everett factory.


The wings for the first 787-9, from our partner MHI. Matthew Thompson photo.

I also wanted to share a picture of the flight deck for the first 787-9, also known as Section 41 of the airplane. As part of the production process, our friends at Spirit recently powered up Section 41.


The team at Spirit powered up the first 787-9 flight deck recently in Wichita, Kan. Photo courtesy of Spirit Aerosystems.

It’s great to know the wings and other sections will soon be taking shape for the 787-9 as the airplane moves toward first flight later this year.

Comments (6)

A-D. Campbell (Jamaica ):

I transitioned from A-320 to B-737 over 2yrs ago, and much prefer the Boeing philosophy. It gives the pilot more input while still utilizing technology to reduce workload and enhance saftey.

To fly the dreamliner would be a dream come true. I can only imgagine what its like.

Happy Landings!

d steelquist (Quilcene wa usa):

These wings arrived in a different transportation fixture than the 787-8's... and via an AN-124(?) instead of the LCF.. Is there a reason?

Colin Taylor (Currently stuck in Seattle with a broken leg!):

I had the pleasure of flying these 787-9 wings in on the company AN124 aircraft. I worked with some fantastic guys at Boeing. I'm very proud to be part of this project. Glad to see the bird flying again!

Andrew (Missoula, MT USA):

The 787-9 is the Transition Aircraft from medium capacity to Mini Jumbo's and higher capacity. A crucial piece of aviation continuity will finally fly. I am very excited for this model. It will define the 787 in the years to come. Much like the 737-8 has had a substantial impact on it own single aisle market, the 787-9 will supplant all dual aisle alternatives from abroad with range and character for customers to enjoy. Airlines who experiment with its own business needs and models will continually return to the -9, as the solution for its own business configurations on how best to beat the market and build customer loyalty. Congratulations to the Boeing getting this to reality into the hands of its team members.

Kraus (California):

It would be great to fly in this beauty. I am eager to see how this will compare with the Airbus A330 passenger variants.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

On the An 124, it would be rather expensive to revive the CX-HLS/Boeing derivative for the purpose of moving wings but I see it possible for Boeing to develop a 767 or 777 "guppy" to move such goods as Airbus does with the A300-600 Beluga.

The 787-9 is coming together fast, it's only a short time until we see the first 787 stretch roll out.

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