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787 Dreamliner landing after final test flight   (Source: Boeing)
787 with GE engines is still in testing

Boeing has been hard at work on its largest and most efficient airliner: the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing has announced that the 787 has completed flight testing for type certification in one of the planned production engine types. This is a major milestone for the aircraft.

The type certification for the aircraft with Rolls-Royce engines has been awarded; that means that the aircraft with those engines can now be delivered to buyers. The 787 Dreamliner is going to bring unprecedented fuel economy, maintenance cost improvements, and environmental sensitivity to the marketplace according to Boeing. Those improvements and savings are coming by way of extensive use of composites, more electrical systems and advanced aerodynamics. 

"We are very pleased with the performance of the airplane during the Function & Reliability and Extended Operations testing over the last month," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "The Dreamliner continues to demonstrate that we will indeed deliver a truly revolutionary airplane that will be a game changer in the marketplace."

Boeing notes that the final test was performed last Saturday on ZA102, the ninth 787 to be constructed. The pilot was Capt. Mike Carriker, the chief pilot for the 787 program. 

"When ZA102 returned to Paine Field, it brought back with it the hopes and dreams of the many thousands of men and women of Boeing and our global partners who have worked so long for this day," Fancher said. "Their hard work and commitment to this amazing airplane has been a true inspiration. We look forward to making our first delivery to our good friends at ANA in September."

Boeing rolled out the first production 787 Dreamliner earlier this month; it will be delivered to ANA next month.

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Wha... What?
By avxo on 8/19/2011 11:46:14 PM , Rating: 3
Boeing has been hard at work on its largest and most efficient airliner: the 787 Dreamliner

Largest? The 777-300ER is physically larger and carries more passengers. I'm not sure what definition of "LARGEST" you have in your dictionary, but I'm sure it's wrong.

Is it THAT hard to fact-check the stuff you put up here?

Also, there were a number of comments on this post earlier (and some broken CSS). Where did they go? Were they deleted? If so, why?

RE: Wha... What?
By abscode on 8/20/11, Rating: 0
RE: Wha... What?
By heffeque on 8/20/2011 9:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, as opposed to the OR conjunction.

RE: Wha... What?
By avxo on 8/20/2011 10:46:41 AM , Rating: 5
So.. you're not aware how the conjunction and works?

You seem to suggest that the meaning actually should be: "the most efficient large plane" or perhaps "the largest efficient plane" or maybe even "the largest but still efficient plane." That's nonsense and frankly, I think you're the one who isn't aware of how the conjunction and works.

To say that the 787 is "the largest and most efficient plane Boeing has made" logically implies that it is both the largest (in absolute terms) plane that Boeing has made AND, separately, the most efficient (again, in absolute terms) plane that Boeing has made.

But thanks for playing...

RE: Wha... What?
By Azsen on 8/21/2011 1:18:30 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Wha... What?
By Graviton on 8/22/2011 8:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
Why must every conversation degenerate into a fight about whose is larger?

Besides, everyone knows the largest, most efficient thing in the air is Chuck Norris's foot as he roundhouse kicks someone.

RE: Wha... What?
By jgutteri on 8/21/2011 7:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe the author thought that the "8" in "787" means it's the biggest in the family!

RE: Wha... What?
By HideOut on 8/22/2011 2:49:53 AM , Rating: 2
And yet the largest 747 would eat it. That statement was just completely wrong basically. :D

RE: Wha... What?
By inperfectdarkness on 8/22/2011 10:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
can we change it to "largest, most efficient airliner yet"? thx.

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