Boeing announced yesterday that it has completed the firm configuration of the 787-9, which it aims to begin delivering in late 2013.|
"The airplane's structural, propulsion and systems architectures are defined and not changing," VP-787-9 Development Mark Jenks said.
The significance of the firm configuration is that it will allow the manufacturer and its suppliers to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the -9, Boeing said. "As detailed designs are completed and released, production can begin," it added.
"We have a disciplined process in place to ensure we have completed all of the requirements for the development stage of the program," VP and GM-787 Program Scott Fancher said.
The 787-9 will seat 250-290 passengers, 16% more than the 787-8, and will have a range of 8,000-8,500 nm. At 206 ft., it will be 20 ft. longer than the 787-8, with 1,000 cu. ft. more cargo volume. Both Dreamliners feature wingspans of 197 ft., a height of 56 ft. and a cruise speed of Mach 0.85.