On August 19, our first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off from Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, Washington, for its first test flight.
Boeing pilots flew our 787 around the Seattle area for more than three hours as part of planned tests of the aircraft’s controls and systems. During the test flight, crew members checked the functionality of the 787’s onboard systems at high and medium altitudes. They also checked backup and critical safety elements, including cabin pressurization, avionics, navigation and communications systems.
The August 19 flight is part of a series of work that Boeing performs after each 787 comes out of the paint hangar and before the planes are delivered to airlines. The work also includes fueling, systems tests, engine runs and taxi tests.
As the North American launch customer, we plan to take delivery of our first 787 in late September. We have firm orders for a total of 50 Dreamliners.
Watch the video that recaps our 787 First Look event earlier this month.