The final phase of flight testing of the long delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner has started this week.
The US manufacturer is running ‘function and reliability’ and extended operations (ETOPS) demonstrations on the new generation aircraft which has been delayed by more than two years. Boeing hopes to deliver the first 787 to launch customer All Nippon Airways as early as August, officials said.
F&R testing simulates various normal and non-normal operations for the 787 in a realistic flight environment, according to Boeing.
Extended operations testing validates the twin-jet aircraft’s ability to safely divert, including flying with one engine shut down far from the nearest airport. ETOPS certification is needed for long routes over oceans and polar regions.
Vice president and 787 programme general manager Scott Fancher said: “We are ready for this final phase of flight testing.
“The team has created a solid plan for accomplishing the hours and test points required for F&R and ETOPS testing in support of delivery to our customer ANA in the August to September time period.”
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