There may be truth in advertising after all. Boeing’s Dreamliner might just turn out to perform like a dream.
The Boeing 787 completed its 1,000th flight yesterday. The flight test program includes seven airplanes that have flown almost 3,000 hours and more than one million miles.
According to Capt. Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 Boeing Test and Evaluation program, the airplane is performing consistently well during test flights.
“We’re really eager to get this airplane through its flight testing so our customers can see for themselves this airplane’s excellent performance,” he said.
The Dreamliner started out as a bit of a nightmare, plagued by delays in design and production. Boeing encountered issues with outsourcing. Despite its rough takeoff, the Dreamliner seems to be encountering less turbulence this year.
“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.”
While late to the gate, the Dreamliner may still win the race against Airbus.