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Boeing completes first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has completed the first 787-9 Dreamliner, a stretch version of its 787-8, the company said.

The plane rolled out of Boeing’s Everett, Wash., factory  to the flight line on Monday. And teams are preparing the plane for first flight later this summer.

Spirit AeroSystems builds the nose section of both versions.

The 787-9 is 20 feet longer than the 787-8, carries 40 more passengers and flies an additional 300 nautical miles.

The second and third planes are in final assembly and the program is on track, the company said.

First delivery to Air New Zealand, the launch customer for the 787-9, is scheduled for mid-2014.