Wednesday, 16 Dec, 2009 Technology

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Carries Out First Test Flight


Recently Boeing Co managed to carry out the first test flight of its fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner. It is worth mentioning that Boeing 787 is rather lightweight, made using 35 tons of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. The plane is expected to help reduce the costs supported by airlines by millions of dollars.

Today, December 16th, 2009, the company sent its new plane on a test flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The flight, which started at 10AM local time, lasted four hours and pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville made everything possible so the Boeing 787 would accomplish the mission successfully.

There will be more test flights, with the company aiming to check six of its new planes during the next nine months. If all tests are successful, the company will receive the Federal Aviation Administration certification.

Previously the company faced certain problems with Boeing 787, mainly linked with new materials applied and assembling fuselage and wing structures brought from Japan, Italy and elsewhere in the United States, reports DailyMail. While Boeing attempted to solve the problems, one of its main competitors, Airbus, continued attracting buyers with its A350 plane. According to some analysts, Boeing has already invested about $10 billion in its new project. The company estimates that its first Boeing 787 will be delivered to All Nippon Airways by late 2010.

Some specialists consider that Boeing will still face a number of problems on its way to certification, but still, a lot of them, including transport analysts Howard Wheeldon, lowered their level of skepticism after the recent successful test flight. They say that Boeing 787 could revolutionize the aviation industry, mainly due to the new technology used onboard the plane.

Posted by Maxriter

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