The first Boeing 787 flew back in 2009, entering the scene as the expected replacement of the Boeing 747—an aircraft that was steeped in history but was also aging rapidly. Since then, we’ve seen the 787 evolve to accommodate the needs of airlines looking to create longer routes and travelers who are willing to fly insanely long distances non-stop.
The Boeing 787-9 is the next step in super-long distance air travel, and it won’t be the last. Will 20-hour flights become the new normal? Hello, blood clots.
At this year’s Farnborough air show, the Boeing 787-900 made its debut. It can carry 280 passengers, which is nearly 40 more than the 787-800.
The 787-900 needs additional protection against tail strikes, and because of this, a semi levered landing gear enables rotation over the aft wheels like the 777-300ER.