Boeing shows off capabilities of new 787-9

Boeing shows off capabilities of new 787-9

Jul 13, 2016

By Michael Cruickshank, The Manufacturer

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has this week shown off the aerobatic capabilities of its recently released 787-9 jet.

This large passenger jet is one the most high-tech passenger aircraft in the world, and Boeing is keen to show off its prowess.

Throughout a newly-released video, the 787-9 is filmed conducting a number of aerobatic moves which push the aircraft above and beyond its standard operating conditions.

One of the more spectacular of these manoeuvres is a near-vertical take off, more reminiscent of a military fighter plane, than a commercial wide-body craft.

In addition, the aircraft is seen conducting a touch-and-go landing, a critical ability in an emergency situation.

Finally, Boeing also demonstrated the 787-9’s ability to conduct high-banking turns that show ‘wing flex’.

The aircraft in the video was flown by 3 Boeing test pilots: Capt. Van Chaney, Capt. John Misuradze, and Capt. Randy Neville.

The flights themselves were conducted on an ANA (All Nippon Airlines) 787-9, the first launch customer for the aircraft series.

Following the video, the same aircraft will be flown between July 11 and 13 at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough in the UK.

787 development continues

This primary purpose of this video was for Boeing to show off the latest model of its 787 jet which is currently in production.

While earlier 787 designs already made use of carbon fiber construction, larger windows, and lower-altitude pressurization, the 787-9 features a number of significant changes.

These include a longer and stronger fuselage able to typically seat around 280 people, and an increased flying range of 14,140 km on a full tank of fuel.

Right now over one hundred 787-9 aircraft have been delivered by Boeing, with the company claiming to have received so-far 571 orders by 38 customers worldwide for these planes.

The continuing advancement of this aircraft and its strong sales figures, show that Boeing has seen success in pushing past some of the teething problems associated with the 787, most of which were linked to faulty batteries.

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