Qantas will soon receive its first Dreamliner: Boeing has completed the assembly and painting of the first 787-9 intended for the Australian carrier.
The aircraft is the 615th 787 out of the production lines of the American aircraft manufacturer. The device performed its rollout on September 20, featuring the new livery of Qantas. 250 liters of paint were applied in 4 days for the livery. Different tests on the systems and the engines are planned before the first flight, which should not be delayed anymore. Actually, the first test flight was announced for this week. The flight to Australia is scheduled for mid-October.
The first international flight of the new Dreamliner will be flown between Melbourne and Los Angeles and is scheduled for December.
Qantas chose a tri-class configuration to carry 236 passengers, including 42 in Business, 28 in Premium Economy and 166 in Economy. "Our Dreamliner will be traveling the longest routes in the world, so we have focused on making every cabin the most comfortable in its class," said Alan Joyce, the company's CEO. At this stage, the cabin arrangements and seat installation of the first aircraft are largely completed.
The first international flight will be flown between Melbourne and Los Angeles and is scheduled for December. Prior to this, the aircraft will operate domestic flights to familiarize the crew to the aircraft.
The Oneworld member company has ordered eight 787-9 in 2015. It has options for 15 additional aircraft and purchase rights for another 30. The first four Dreamliners will be based in Melbourne, the next four in Brisbane.