Boeing 787 Dreamliner flies after 2-year delay (video)
Boeing 787, Boeing’s new jetliner, took it’s inaugural flight Tuesday in Everett, Washington after 2 years of delay.
The first Boeing 787 flight was supposed to be in 2007 but the program has been plagued by ill-fitting parts and other problems.
The new Boeing aircraft took off smoothly at Everett’s Paine Field at around 10:30 a.m. PST. The 4-hour flight was piloted by Michael Carriker and Randall Neville, who perform a series of tests and system checks before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a mid-sized, wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner with maximum seating capacity between 290 and 330 passengers, depending on variant. Boeing states that the 787s are more more fuel-efficient, using 20 percent less fuel than any other airplanes of their size. It will be the first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction.
VIDEO: Boeing 787 First Flight