If you follow this blog on a regular basis, you know we’ve been tracking the progress on our first 787-9. I’m happy to report that final assembly of that airplane is now officially underway inside our Everett factory as we started joining large sections.
This side view shows the longer fuselage sections of the 787-9 in Everett. I saw the center section being prepared during a recent trip to South Carolina.
In what may be the coolest picture I’ve shared in a while, the first 787-9’s vertical stabilizer is sporting the new Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery, a refreshed look that started with the 747-8 and evolved with the 737 MAX.
Love the new look!
Our partners delivered the first 787-9 sections on or ahead of schedule—and major assembly is already taking place on the other flight test airplanes. By the way, we’ll build the first three 787-9s on our Temporary Surge Line in Everett for smoother integration of into the production system— while continuing to ramp up production across the 787 program.
Head-on view of the first 787-9.
First flight of the 787-9 is scheduled for the second half of 2013, with first delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand set for early 2014.