The engine will be the baseline engine for the 787-9 when it enters service with Air New Zealand in mid-2014, and also will power 787-8s from around June 2014 onwards.
The first test aircraft will be based at Boeing Field for the majority of the upcoming test and certification campaign, which will be completed in the second quarter of 2014.
ZB001 is the 126th 787 to roll off the Boeing’s Everett and Charleston, S.C, production lines, and will be joined in the test program by the second and third 787-9s, ZB002 and ZB021. The second test aircraft has been completed and the third is in final assembly.
Two 787-9s with completed interiors will also join the latter stages of the program to assist with function and reliability pre-entry-into-service tests.
[Editor’s note: this article is updated to reflect the completion of the first flight]