Boeing 787 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE) engines
(aircraft ZA005) has completed its first test flight.
GE executives and Boeing employees were on hand
to welcome Captains Mike Bryan and Mike Carriker to Boeing Field
in Seattle following completion of the 3-hour and 48-minute flight
over the state of Washington.
"We're pleased to introduce the fifth Dreamliner
to the flight-test fleet and to start flight testing with GE
engines," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager
of the 787 program for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "It's taken
the collective resources and dedication of our teams to get to
this day. There's just nothing like a first flight to validate
that it has been worth the sacrifices we have all seen our teams
make in the past several years."
ZA005 will be used to test the General Electric
engine package and demonstrate that the changes made with the new
engine do not change the airplane's handling characteristics.
The sixth, and final, 787 to join the flight
test program is expected to fly before the end of July. Delivery
of the first 787 is planned for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Fifty-six customers have ordered 860 787s since the program was
launched in April 2004.
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