The Boeing 787-9 stretched Dreamliner will replace the planes currently assigned to several international cities from Houston. The 787-9 will take over routes to Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam and Santiago de Chile.
Boeing plans to showcase its 787-9 and P-8A Poseidon at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. Boeing will also display a 787-8 Dreamliner at the air show. Ray Conner, president and CEO of the commercial airplanes unit, will look at "current industry and market conditions and provide an update on Boeing commercial airplane products and services, development programs and product investments," Boeing said.
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said the carrier is meeting with both Boeing and Airbus over a potential order of up to 50 widebody aircraft. "We're hopeful that the 787-9, with all the lessons learned on the -8, is going to be a really viable airplane," he said Tuesday during a speech to the Aero Club of Washington.
The Federal Aviation Administration set a deadline of December 31 for Boeing related to the ram air turbine on its 787-9s. Boeing is still scheduled to deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand by the end of June.
Boeing's 787-9 is about to undergo fuel systems and engine testing, key steps following the plane's roll out last week in Everett, Wash. The company expects the plane to take its first flight in September and will deliver the first 787-9 to Air New Zealand next year.