This week we started a series of proving runs for our first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with a flight from Houston (IAH) to Newark (EWR). As the first U.S. carrier to fly the 787, we’re undertaking the proving runs to seek final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly the Dreamliner in regular operations.
After Newark, our pilots will fly the 787 out of Houston to Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). We’ll take the Dreamliner on its first international flight to Amsterdam (AMS), and we’ll follow this flight with a trip to Tokyo (NRT).
We are required by the FAA to log significantly more flying time than we would for a typical new airplane, since no other U.S. airline has a Dreamliner in service. We’ll fly the 787 for about 100 hours during 12 proving runs to give the FAA the ability to gauge our response to unique situations, such as diverting a test flight and simulating a mechanical malfunction, among other activities. The FAA will also evaluate our technicians and ground crews while the 787 is at the various airports.
Take a look at our dedicated 787 Dreamliner page
, where you'll find videos, a photo gallery, an infographic and a timeline. If you find yourself at one of the airports listed above, take a look out the window. You just may see our 787 land, taxi and take off as it makes its way from location to location.