Boeing 787-9

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

General Information

Manufacturer: Boeing

Role: Wide-body twin-engine jet airliner

First flight: September 17, 2013

Primary airlines: All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines 

Passenger seating: 262-290

Models: 787-7, 787-8


  • General Electric GEnx -1B or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 high-bypass turbo engines
  • Glass cockpit
  • Increased thrust and improved fuel efficiency
  • Chevron-toothed exhaust duct covers

Fun Facts

  • The 787 Boeing Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts, which have been supplied from all over the world. In comparison, the 737 had only 400 thousand parts.
  • On August 9, 2014, the first commercial flight of the 787-9 was on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Sydney.
  • An empty 787 weighs close to 259,301 lbs. (117,617 kilograms) which is the equivalent of about 29 elephants!
  • The Dreamliner is Boeing’s most eco-friendly airliner. It was designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the 767 and incorporates primarily composite materials in the airframe construction. 
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) was the first and is the largest 787 operator.

Type Rating

Pilots must earn their type rating in the Boeing 787-9 to be qualified to fly this aircraft. In most cases, the airline you fly for will get you type-rated.

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