Boeing’s larger 787-9 Dreamliner makes first flight

Aircraft that took flight on Tuesday is a larger version of the company's original B787-8.

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Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft took to the skies on Tuesday in a maiden test flight, a larger version of the company’s original 787-8 jetliner.

The B787-9 lifted off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington state at 11:02 am local time (1802 GMT).

The plane is the second member of the Dreamliner family of mid-size, long-haul aircraft, designed to use 20 per cent less fuel than other airplanes of their size.

Compared with the 787-8, the 787-9 has a range that is about 600 kilometers (373 miles) longer, at a maximum of 15,750 kilometers (9,787 miles).