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Boeing 787-9 comes to Lubbock a second time

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made its second appearance at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport on Sunday to continue testing.

The Dreamliner flew from Washington State to the Hub City arriving at 1:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. It first came to Lubbock earlier this month on April 4th.

The airport's Executive Director Kelly Campbell said that Boeing was testing the plane's landings and take-offs in high crosswinds. They contacted LPSIA on Wednesday, letting them know that conditions would be favorable to test.

Campbell said Boeing chose to come to Lubbock because of the low traffic of planes flying in and out and because the wind direction is optimal.

Boeing said the plane is 'super-efficient' and comes equipped with 'new passenger pleasing features that bring the economics of large jet transports to the middle of the market, using 20 percent less fuel than any other planes of their size.'

It stands 56 feet tall, 206 feet long and has a wing span of 197 feet. As many as 280 passengers can fly in the 787-9, which has a range of less than 10,000 miles.

The National Weather Service in Lubbock tweeted a photo of the plane landing and wrote: 

"Welcome back @Boeing / @BoeingAirplanes 787 Dreamliner. Hope the dust/high winds helps w/ your tests! #lubwx."

Another person tweeted, "You know the wind is bad here when a Boeing 787 comes to test the plane in the high winds! #Notoncebuttwice #crazywind"

Campbell said she isn't sure if the company will conduct future tests/ in Lubbock.

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