Boeing is manufacturing and distributing airplanes stronger than ever. On Monday, the company contractually delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand, the official launch customer for the new model of planes. The 787-9 is the second version of Dreamliner’s created, making New Zealand the first airline to acquire the model.
Over 26 customers have ordered this model of the new Dreamliner, which can carry up to 280 passengers and is 20 feet longer than the previous model. One key feature that this aircraft improves on is the friction-reducing “laminar flow” technology, which improves the airflow smoothly over curved surfaces of the aircraft. Another important improvement is that it has a longer flying range, around 450 more miles than the 787-8. This improvement is vital due to the increasing need for long-range flights.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner documented Boeing’s progress with Air New Zealand at the Trade Development Alliance’s Annual Dinner last week. He briefly stated, “Boeing is proud to have contractually delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand. We look forward to celebrating the milestone with our customer soon.” Boeing’s high tech technology and development has been not only appreciated in the Greater Seattle area, but also internationally by creating more sustainable, faster airplanes that are available to customers all over the world.