Here’s a very visible sign of progress on the 787-9. The first major piece—the horizontal stabilizer— has arrived in our Everett factory some three weeks early. The horizontal stabilizer was built and assembled by the Boeing Advanced Developmental Composite team in Tukwila, Wash., with final installations and paint by the Boeing Salt Lake team.


Dave Effner, 787 final assembly, readies the first 787-9 horizontal stabilizer for its move into tooling within the Everett factory. Matthew Thompson photo.

This is the kind of performance we’re seeing across the entire 787-9 supply chain. Since major assembly began in August of last year, the 787-9 build process has gone smoothly, on or ahead of plan in many cases.


787 final assembly employees help load the first 787-9 horizontal stabilizer into tooling. Matthew Thompson photo.

The 787-9 will seat 40 more passengers than the 787-8, with a range of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles. The first 787-9 will enter final assembly at midyear. First flight is scheduled for the second half of 2013 and first delivery is set for early 2014 to Air New Zealand.


The 787-9 is the second member of the 787 family.

Comments (11)

Angel (Murcia - Spain):

Hi Randy!

If the 787-8 is a beautiful plane, the 787-9 model will be more beautiful even as it achieves increased aircraft size, in my opinion almost perfect in its design.

Thanks for the update!


Kellan (Eugene, OR):

A great addition to the family. Continued successB

Allan (Santa Ana, El Salvador):

That's a beautiful plane although I love the 757, but the 787 rules

Scratch (AK, USA):

This airplane is the perfect combination of size and range. It has already been declared the victor over the A358, and I believe it will put a lot of pressure on the A359 as well. Nice job Boeing!

Fred (Charleston,SC):

Looks great! We are looking forward to seeing more 787s flying over Charleston!

Daniel K (Sydney, Australia):

Hi Randy,

Glad to hear that the -9 schedule is running smoothly.

Can't wait to fly in a 787 and sure the -9 will be even more popular than the -8 in the long run.

Tim (Baltimore Maryland):

Randy ? this will be the most economical plane ever, until the 787-10 is built.
To bad a new wing for the 737 with carbon fiber could be developed at a cheaper cost than the legacy design, now that would be a real game changer.

Chris (England):

I love the Boeing 787 very much, the -9 will be an awesome edition of the 787.

Id look forward to Boeing building the -10. Airbus are losing witj their A350 already and it aint even flying yet.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

A lot of notes have been taken down for the 787-8 to be a flying robust reality, which is why this aircraft, the -9, is so exciting -- all the best!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

I cant wait to see the 787-9 roll out and make its first flight, the new 787 is great for competitive roots as a slightly smaller and more fuel efficient replacement for the 777-200ER.

Andrew (Missouyla, MT USA):

Congrats on the great news, you had me cheering at Santana. A slight comparison observation no one should ever misconstrue. The 737-800 Max will be > than awesome. The 787-9 will be >>> than awesome.

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