Boeing has its newest 787 Dreamliner version ready, the company said earlier this week.
Getting final configuration finished is a major milestone for the company, said Mark Jenks, vice president of 787-9 development. “Firm configuration means the airplane’s structural, propulsion and systems architectures are defined and not changing,” Jenks said.
The new plane is a larger version of the basic 787-8 Dreamliner, which is in the testing and approval stages. The first 787-9 is due to be delivered in 2013.
The 787-9 will seat 250 to 290 passengers, 16 percent more than the 787-8. The plane will be able to fly more than 9,000 miles without refueling.
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The first 787-8 is due for delivery to launch customer All Nippon Airways in December.