Boeing Sees First 787 Test Flight From Mid-November
Boeing said Wednesday the first test flight of its new 787 Dreamliner would likely be in the range of mid-November to mid-December, about three months later than originally planned.
The company is still struggling with unfinished work on parts of the plane already shipped to Boeing's Everett, Washington, plant, and is working to get the flight software operating, said Scott Carson, Chief Executive of Boeing's commercial plane unit, on a conference call Wednesday.
Boeing has never pinned down an exact date for the first test flight, saying the plane will fly when it is ready but did originally set August as a broad target, later moving that to late September.
The company still says it will deliver the first plane on schedule in May next year.