Monday, January 17, 2011

Breaking: Boeing 787 resumes FAA Certification Flight Tests Today

Boeing announced a resumption of 787 certification flight test today in an email statement. Today Boeing had 4 787s flying (ZA001, ZA002, ZA004, and ZA005. The other two will be flying within the next one week:

787 Resumes Certification Flight Testing

Boeing has resumed certification flight testing of the 787 Dreamliner today. There are currently four airplanes back to flight status: ZA001, ZA002, ZA004 and ZA005. The others - ZA003 and ZA006 - are expected to be flying again within the next week or so.

Boeing is widely expected to announce the delivery schedule. With tonight's announcement of the resumption of certification test flights, I believe Boeing will announce the new delivery schedule sometime this week (Tuesday-Wednesday). Later this week I'm also expecting that ZA102 (LN 9) will take flight. This is the first production 787 to fly though the flight hours this airplane accumulates will not be counted towards certification flight testing (nonetheless I will try to keep track of the flights this particular airplane conducts).

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