United Airlines’ First 787 Dreamliner Completes First Production Flight
Boeing pilots completed the inagural production flight of United Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner in the airspace over the Seattle, Washington area. The aircraft took off from Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, Washington, and circled the Seattle area for over three hours, during which time the aircraft’s controls and systems were tested at both high and medium altitudes. Backup and safety elements, including cabin pressurization, avionics, navigation, and communications systems were also monitored during the flight.
The production flight is part of a series of procedures that Boeing performs on each 787 prior to delivery to airlines.
United Airlines has ordered 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, to be delivered through 2022.