A Quiet Debut for a Bigger Dreamliner

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With little fanfare over the weekend, Boeing announced the birth of its newest 787 Dreamliner, the stretched-out version dubbed the 787-9. The new aircraft is 20 feet longer than the original 787-8 and can carry an additional 40 passengers up to 8,200 nautical miles, 300 more than its predecessor. The plane’s first test flight is scheduled for later this year, and Air New Zealand is set to get the first 787-9 in the middle of next year.

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