Mr. Scott Fancher, the vice president and general manager of Boeing 787 Dreamliner program, has reaffirmed that by the end of June, the company’s 787 Dreamliner will be set for its first flight. Fuel testing for the plane is scheduled to begin in the coming few days, as the company continue analyzing data from various other recently held tests on the plane. The plane, whose recent test results have been positive, has received 886 orders from 57 clients.
It is projected that if the remaining tests go as per plan, the company should begin delivering the planes to its customers in the first quarter of 2010. The aircraft lags behind by two years as it was planned to fly in summer 2007. The delay is attributed to the 2 month mechanic strike and production problems.
Reporters on Thursday were allowed an exceptional glimpse of the aircraft’s production plant. Reporters saw 8 aircrafts, which were all incompletely assembled. The company announced that 2 of the 8 were for ground tests only, and the other 6 will be among the planes that Boeing will fly for a period of 8 months for 3500 hours, in order for the company to get certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration.
Parts of the aircraft are shipped from all over the world, while most of its structure is manufactured in Italy and Japan, and then flown in pieces to be joined in South Carolina, and then flown to Everett for the ultimate assembly. The centre, which is staffed 24 hours each day for six days a week ensure there is a regular connection between US, Japan and Italy.
The test flights are currently located in Boeing’s paint hangar. Mechanics on Thursday did the final adjustment and last minute checks to ensure the plane is ready for its first flight.