The first Boeing 787-9 widebody aircraft is towed out of the factory in preparation for first flight.
It was loaded into assembly on 05/30, so it only took about one and a half month to complete it. That's not that much longer then the time the 787-8s currently spend on the assembly line.
Which is a big contrast with the first 787-8 prototypes that took a lot longer, only to roll-out with lots of work still needed to be done.
The 787-9 will also spend some time on the flight line before it's 1st flight, but not as long as the 1st -8 prototype.
The first Boeing 787-9 widebody aircraft is towed out of the factory in preparation for first flight Thursday, July 17, 2013.
Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe.
The 787 has been designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the 767 it is to replace. The Dreamliner's distinguishing features include mostly electrical flight systems, a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour. It shares a common type rating with the larger 777 twinjet, allowing qualified pilots to operate both models, due to related design features.