23 August 2011
23 August 2011
Boeing has completed all flight tests required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner.
Boeing says that the 787-8 Dreamliner is bringing unprecedented levels of fuel economy, maintenance cost improvements, and environmental sensitivity to the marketplace through the use of new technologies including composites.
""We are very pleased with the performance of the airplane during the Function & Reliability and Extended Operations testing over the last month,"" said Scott Fancher, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 program. ""The Dreamliner continues to demonstrate that we will indeed deliver a truly revolutionary airplane that will be a game changer in the marketplace.""
The final flight occurred onboard ZA102, the ninth 787 to be built. Captain Mike Carriker, Chief Pilot for the 787 program, brought ZA102 back to Everett following a 90 minute flight that originated in Billings, Montana. During the flight, the 14-person crew completed simulations of a dispatch with a failed generator and failed fuel flow indication.
""When ZA102 returned to Paine Field, it brought back with it the hopes and dreams of the many thousands of men and women of Boeing and our global partners who have worked so long for this day,"" Fancher said. ""Their hard work and commitment to this amazing airplane has been a true inspiration. We look forward to making our first delivery to our good friends at ANA in September.""