Boeing brought its newest passenger jet, the 787 Dreamliner, to the Colorado Springs Airport on Tuesday for flight testing for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration later this year.
The testing program began in December and is expected to lead to the delivery of the first 787 in the fourth quarter to ANA, also know as All Nippon Airways. Boeing has four 787s in testing and has completed 236 test flights at 10 other U.S. airports. Colorado Springs Airport officials said last month that Boeing also is planning on testing its 747-8 freighter here later this year, but no firm schedule has been established.
The aircraft, painted in ANA’s colors, was at the airport for more than five hours doing a series of “touch-and-go” maneuvers, which Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter said was an important part of the flight test program.
Boeing on Tuesday announced it will fix a design flaw in the tail section of the 787, and it still expects to start delivering the plane by the end of this year. Spokeswoman Yvonne Leach told the Associated Press that testing showed that the outer skin of the plane and the bracket-like piece of metal that holds it near the tail could separate slightly. She said Boeing will change the way the device is made, and that should fix the problem.—Contact the writer at 636-0234.