Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boeing's statement on 1,000 flight milestone for the 787

Boeing Photo

From Boeing, nothing new versus what I have previously reported:

Boeing Completes 1,000th 787 Flight

EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner made its 1,000th flight yesterday, marking another milestone in the flight test program. There are seven airplanes participating in flight testing. The landing of 787 flight test airplane ZA004, just after 1 p.m. MST at Yuma International Airport, counted as the official 1,000th flight.

The program is near its 3,000th hour of flying and 787s have flown a total of more than one million miles.

"The team is making great progress," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We are getting through the test conditions needed to certify this airplane with nearly 80 percent of the conditions for the first model, with Rolls-Royce engines, already complete. And, we're more than 60 percent of the way through the test conditions for the 787s with General Electric engines."

Capt. Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787, Boeing Test & Evaluation, said the airplane continues to behave well in testing.

"We're really eager to get this airplane through its flight testing so our customers can see for themselves this airplane's excellent performance," said Carriker.


Eric said...

Wasn't the RR engine certification program at the 80% level many weeks ago? Does that mean they have not made very much progress on certification even though they have flown quite a few hours since then?

Uresh said...

At the time I believe they had just under 80% done. Also all test flights are not solely dedicated to FAA certification testing, some testing would be for Boeing purposes.