Well, it has been photographed on a roll a few times before now, but not outdoors, which is where the first Boeing 787-9 derivative is now exposed to what has been a very unseasonally dry, warm and sunny summer so far as the Pacific Northwest is concerned.
This is the Boeing statement:
Boeing has completed the first 787-9 Dreamliner. The second member of the super-efficient 787 family rolled out of the Everett, Wash., factory today to the flight line, where teams are preparing it to fly later this summer.
At 20 feet (6 m) longer than the 787-8, the 787-9 will extend the 787 family in both capacity and range, carrying 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km). The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8 such as its exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes — and passenger-pleasing features.
With the second and third airplanes in final assembly, Boeing and the 787-9 are on track. First delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand is set for mid-2014.
Word is that the first flight of the first Jetstar 787-8, the original and smallest version of the Dreamliner, will take place on 10 September. If this is so it should make its delivery flight to Australia late in September or early in October.
The only official Boeing photo of the 787-9 sunbaking as of this hour is shown below. It will be repainted in Air New Zealand livery after a series of ceertification flights as a derivative of the exhaustively flight tested original 787-8 model.