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Second Boeing 787 Dreamliner Completes Test Flight

  • Wednesday, 23rd December 2009
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The second Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA002, completed its first flight yesterday, just seven days after the very first 787 Dreamliner made its debut test flight.

The all-new plane, which features the livery of the Dreamliner’s launch customer, ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan, took off from Paine Field in Everett, completed a two-hour flight, and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle.

“We are delighted that the second Dreamliner is in the livery of our launch customer, ANA,” said Scott Fancher, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 program. “We are honoured by the airline’s support and look forward to delivering ANA the first production airplane next year.”

Captain Randy Neville was at the controls for the flight, with Chief Pilot Mike Carriker operating as Co-pilot. Neville and Carriker took the plane to an altitude of 13,000 feet (3,962 m) and an airspeed of 200 knots, or about 230 miles (370 km) per hour.

The aircraft took off at 9:09 a.m. PST and landed at 11:10 a.m. PST.

This is the second of six 787s being used in the Dreamliner’s flight-test program. Each of these aeroplanes will be used for a specific set of tests, with this particular aeroplane focusing on systems performance.

“We would like to convey our sincere congratulations to the Boeing team for its achievement of this milestone, and we look forward to the delivery into our fleet next year,” said Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of ANA.

In related news, Boeing has reported the acquisition of Alenia North America’s half of Global Aeronautica, LLC, a South Carolina fuselage subassembly facility for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, and is now the sole owner of that entity.

It is thought that Boeing will integrate the Global Aeronautica facility with the rest of Boeing’s organization in North Charleston, S.C.

“”The Boeing Charleston site is critical to the success of the 787 program,”” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “”Through this acquisition, Boeing benefits by joining together two solid operations – including their talented employees and state-of-the-art facilities – into one Boeing team. Ultimately, we believe integration of the site will increase productivity for the 787 program and allow us to maintain our long-term competitiveness.””

Global Aeronautica’s integration entails the joining of the mid-fuselage sections, the installation and testing of associated elements, and the application of surface finishes to more than 60 percent of the 787’s fuselage. Global Aeronautica sits adjacent to the Boeing Charleston site and shares a 240-acre (97-hectare) campus.

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