The second Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has completed its delivery flight, touching down at Melbourne Airport late on Sunday evening.
The aircraft, registered VH-ZNB, departed Paine Field, Everett at 3:24pm local time on Saturday, touching down 15 hours and 24 minutes later at Melbourne at 10:46pm Sunday (after crossing the International Dateline midday through its journey), flight tracking website Flightradar 24 shows.
VH-ZNB had completed its first flight on November 30. It joins in the Qantas fleet 787-9 VH-ZNA, which arrived in Sydney at the end of its delivery flight on October 20.
The delivery of the airline’s second 787 will allow Qantas to begin international flights with the type between Melbourne and Los Angeles later this month. Since November 1 Qantas has been operating VH-ZNA on domestic services, allowing its crews to gain experience in operating the type.
With the delivery of its third and fourth 787s Qantas will then begin Melbourne-Perth-London flights from March 2018.