The first of six Boeing 787 Dreamliner test aircraft this week passed 1,000 hours of flight in the testing program, Boeing said today.
The aircraft, which first flew 16 months ago was returning to Seattle’s Boeing Field from Canada where it had participated in crosswind testing when it passed the 1,000-hour milestone, the company said.
Boeing said Dreamliners equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent engines have accomplished 90 percent of the testing needed for certification. Other Dreamliners are powered by General Electric engines. Testing of the GE-equipped planes is not as close to completion because those planes flew later than the Rolls-Royce-engined aircraft.
The first production Dreamliner is due for delivery to launch customer All Nippon Airways in the third quarter of this year. That’s more than three years behind the date Boeing initially promised.
Parts shortages, production and design problems, an inflight fire and labor issues have delayed the Dreamliner’s commercial debut.