Boeing rolls out first Dreamliner 787-9

The second member of Boeing's 787 family rolled out of the company's Washington-based assembly plant last week, after clocking up close to a thousand orders.

The twin-engine, twin-aisle 787 Dreamliner is the first major aircraft to make heavy use of composite materials and, according to Boeing, it uses 20% less fuel and has 20% fewer emissions than other planes in its class.

Around 20ft longer than the 787-8, the 787 also boasts higher cabin pressure and humidity, larger windows with electrochromic smart glass and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (567mph, 490knots, 913km/h).

The first plane is expected to make flight tests in the coming weeks as it is prepared for final delivery.

Laura Hopperton

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