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Boeing has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9's international debut and longest flight since the test program began.

The company says the second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, ZB002 flew direct from Seattle's Boeing Field to Auckland International Airport, departing January 3 at 9:55 a.m. local time and landing some 13 hours, 49 minutes later.

The airplane is scheduled to continue on to Alice Springs, Australia, for testing in hot weather.

Boeing is on track to deliver the 787-9 to Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Twenty-six customers have ordered 402 787-9s, accounting for 39 percent of all 787 orders.

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