23-Sep-2010 11:01 AM

Boeing's final test B787 faces delays

Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach stated the last of the B787 test aircraft has been delayed by “typical build and flight-test challenges”, adding that other test planes have been made a priority over the last B787 as it is only being used to certify its General Electric Co engines and is not required for regulatory clearance for the first model, which is powered by Rolls-Royce Group Plc engines. Mr Leach added that Boeing is “working hard and is very close” to the latest goal of a flight this month. GE stated engines on the sixth B787 have been installed. Meanwhile, Ms Leach added that Boeing plans to use its ninth-constructed B787 for some certification tests. 

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