Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) first 787-8 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE) engines, the airplane referred to as ZA005 (registered N787FT), completed its first flight at 6:29 p.m. (Pacific time) today, following a 3-hour-and-48-minute flight over the state of Washington.
ZA005 will be used to test the General Electric engine package and demonstrate that the changes made with the new engine do not change the airplane’s handling characteristics.
The sixth, and final, 787 to join the flight test program is expected to fly before the end of July.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. 787-8 Dreamliner N787FT (msn 40694) arrives at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after the first test flight. The new aircraft made a stop at Moses Lake,WA (KMWH) before landing at BFI.