A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has completed a test flight from Seattle to Auckland and is scheduled to undergo hot weather testing in Alice Springs this week.
Eturbonews.com reports that the long-haul flight to Auckland was taken by the second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, ZB002.
As the ABC reports, a fall in temperature in Alice Springs this week may delay the scheduled heat testing of the aircraft. Temperatures in the red centre are not forecast to pass 34° C until later in the week and the testing requires temperature of over 38° C.
Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler told the ABC, "We do not know how long the airplane will be there specifically because of weather conditions.
"Ideally, we would take about a week to do the testing but ... we will need to get certain temperatures and we need to make sure that the testing goes as planned within those temperature parameters."
Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline has scheduled a launch flight for October 15 from Auckland to Perth in Western Australia.
The 787-9 will join Boeing’s efficient 787 family. It features a fuselage which is 6 metres longer than the 787-8 and can carry 40 more passengers that that aircraft.
In addition, it can travel 300 nautical miles (555 km) than the 787-8. It uses 20 percent less fuel and has 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft.
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