Boeing has begun the so-called power-on process for the 787 in Everett, Wash., the company confirmed today. The milestone marks the start of a procedure under which engineers power different sections of the airplane over a series of days, expected to culminate in full power-on by the end of this month.
“We have started the process for power on and are pleased about that,” said a Boeing spokesperson. “[It] gives us real confidence we will achieve it by the end of the month.”
Scheduled now to fly for the first time by November, the first Boeing 787 leads a group of six prototypes scheduled to participate in flight testing. Final assembly on the third flight-test airplane began in early May, days after prototype number one moved from the final assembly facility to the structural test rig. In all, Boeing plans to engage eight airframes in the certification program, including a static-test airframe (aircraft No. 2) and a fatigue-test airframe (aircraft No. 4) now undergoing systems installation.
Delivery schedules now call for the first production airplane to go to Japan’s All Nippon Airways, some 15 months later than originally planned.