New Aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Makes Debut in Video

By Jim Liao
Jim Liao
Jim Liao
July 7, 2016 Updated: July 7, 2016

Boeing’s test pilots have released a demonstration video of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner performing a stunt.

The maneuvers were practice for the 2016 Farnborough Airshow, which starts in England next week. Pilots were operating a All Nippon Airways 787-9 Dreamliner.

They will showcase the airplane’s performance and capabilities, including “high-banking turns that show wing flex,” and “side-to-side movements to demonstrate roll authority and handling characteristics,” according to Boeing in a press release.

Released Thursday, the video shows Boeing test pilots Capt. Randy Neville, Capt. Van Chaney, and Capt. John Misuradze putting the 787 through its paces around Moses Lake, Washington.

The highlight of the latest demonstration is the jet’s near vertical take off—something more suited to high-performance fighter jets—as well as a touch-and-go landing.

Similar maneuvers were pulled off in videos from Boeing last year and 2015.

The 2016 Farnborough International Airshow starts July 11 and runs until July 17.

The 787-9 variant of the Dreamliner is 20 feet longer and can fly 450 nautical miles. The plane costs around $264 million per unit.

The 787-9 is also able to carry more passengers and cargo at “20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace,” the press release states.

The airplane is scheduled to deliver later this month. American Airlines also announced today that their new 787-9 will make its debut on Nov. 4.

Jim Liao
Jim Liao