Assembly has begun for the first enlarged version of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner.
One of Boeing’s partner companies, Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, reportedly has begun installing door frames in the 787-9 fuselage.
The 787-9 is a larger, longer version of the base model 787-8 Dreamliner. The -9 will carry up to 60 more passengers than the 787-8 in its 20-foot-longer fuselage.
The first of the 787-9s is due to roll out of Boeing’s 787 plant in Everett next year. The first of the production version 787-9s is due to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand in 2014.
Boeing is still studying whether to launch an even larger version of the Dreamliner, the 787-10. That plane would carry more than 300 passengers.