The first Boeing B787 Dreamliner moves from the paint hangar out to the fuel dock at the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, USA.
The first Boeing B787 Dreamliner moves from the paint hangar out to the fuel dock at the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, USA.

Fuel testing – the first in the next phase of checks the aircraft must undergo – will begin in the next few days.

"We are making great progress, and moving ever-closer to first flight," says Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the Boeing B787 Dreamliner programme.

In recent weeks, the B787 (designated ZA001) completed a series of tests including build verification tests, structures and systems integration tests, landing gear swings and factory gauntlet, which is the full simulation of the first flight using the actual aircraft.

All structural tests required on the static airframe prior to first flight also are complete.

Now on the flight line, ZA001 will undergo additional airplane power and systems tests as well as engine runs. After completing final systems checks and high-speed taxi tests, the airplane will be ready for first flight, which is on schedule for later this quarter.

The B787 Dreamliner has orders for 886 aircraft from 57 customers.