Dreamliner completes tests to become airworthy

Dreamliner completes tests to become airworthy

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is now deemed airworthy with Rolls-Royce engines after completing its type certification tests. The aircraft test included a 90 minute flight where cabin crew and pilots carried out emergency simulations such as a failed generator or 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,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 programme. “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”. Meanwhile the assembly of United Continental’s first Dreamliner commenced today, the first of 50 for the carrier. “We are proud to be the first North American airline to receive the 787, which will be a game changer for the new United and the industry,” said Jeff Smisek , president and CEO of United Airlines. “The 787 will be a very comfortable, customer pleasing aircraft, and with its range, fuel efficiency and superb operating economics, the 787 will allow us to enter new long-haul markets and also replace older, less-efficient widebody aircraft”.

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