Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which during its seven-times delayed development program has seemed more of a nightmare than a dream, became a joyful reality on August 26 when the new widebody received initial type certification.
Boeing’s announcement of the 787 Dreamliner’s type certification came with hesitant responses about further schedules or dates from both the company’s CEO of commercial airplanes and the head of the 787 program.
Against the backdrop of its ZA001 aircraft, Boeing plans to celebrate today the long-delayed award of type certification from the FAA of the 787 Dreamliner. The award ceremony will take place on the flight line at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., site of Boeing’s wide body manufacturing plant. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt is among planned speakers.
Japanese carrier ANA is preparing for the first-ever passenger flight by the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on October 26, when it will operate a special charter service from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Hong Kong.
The Boeing 747-8F Freighter gained FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification last Friday, paving the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month. “Over the last several years, this team has overcome challenge after challenge,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
United Continental Holdings announced that the first of its 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order entered the final assembly phase at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash., yesterday. United expects to become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the Dreamliner in “early 2012.”
Boeing confirmed today that it completed all flight tests required for type certification of the Rolls-Royce-powered 787-8 Dreamliner this past weekend. ZA102, the ninth 787 built by Boeing, performed the final flight on Saturday, August 13. Chief pilot Mike Carriker returned ZA102 to its home base at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 1:58 p.m.
Boeing expected the 787 Dreamliner to complete its type certification testing over the weekend, pending final analysis of function and reliability data collected during some 335 hours of flying with the seventh airplane to participate in the program, ZA102. All told, the program clocked more than 4,800 hours during some 1,700 flights since ZA001 took to the air for the first time on Dec. 15, 2009.
Boeing finished the flight-test program for certification of the new 747-8 Freighter yesterday, the company announced this afternoon. Flight test airplane RC522 completed testing of the flight management computer (FMC) and RC523 concluded function and reliability testing. Both GE GEnx-2B-powered airplanes landed at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., following their final test flights.
Boeing completed extended twin-engine operations (Etops) testing on the 787 Dreamliner on Sunday, company vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth revealed today on his blog, Randy’s Journal. The team reached the milestone during a test flight of Dreamliner ZA102, the ninth 787 built and the same airplane that flew the longest flight for the type to date at just over 18 hours.