Boeing starts building longer 787 model From:AFP June 03, 2013 8:15AM BOEING has announced it has started building its 787-9, a longer version of its 787 Dreamliner, looking to leave the jet's problems behind. "The newest member of the 787 family began taking shape on schedule May 30 in Everett, Washington, when Boeing started joining large sections of the super-efficient jet," the aircraft giant said in a statement yesterday. The 787-9 can carry 250 to 290 passengers - 40 more than the 787-8, which started operating in September 2011 - across an additional 555km while using 20 per cent less fuel than planes of the same size. It should be making a first flight within months, and an initial delivery in early 2014 to Air New Zealand. "From the start, the entire 787-9 team has focused relentlessly on execution so that we fulfill the commitments to our customers," said Mark Jenks, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes' 787 program.