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'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.
Northwest Airlines has secured financing for 18 Boeing 787s and will start flying the planes on international routes in October 2008. Northwest says it will be the first North American carrier to fly the plane.