We have just filed a flight plan to conduct a 787 functional check flight today on Line number 86, a Boeing-owned production airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines.
The flight plan (which is always subject to change) can be viewed via FlightAware, which can also be used to track the airplane’s route, location and progress throughout the flight, at this link: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE272
The flight is a normal Boeing production check flight intended to validate that all systems function as designed. During a functional check flight, crews cycle the landing gear and operate all the backup systems, in addition to performing electrical system checks from the flight profile. Across airplane programs, more than 600 functional check flights were completed in 2012.
Following the completion of the functional check flight, we will analyze the data from the flight and prepare for certification ground and flight demonstration in the coming days. The plan is to conduct one certification demonstration flight. That flight, which will take plan on Line 86, will demonstrate that the new battery system performs as intended during flight conditions.
The flight will take off and land at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The flight is currently scheduled to depart at approx. 11:00 am Pacific time, but is subject to change. The flight is expected to be approximately 2 hours in length.
For those media located in the Puget Sound area, Boeing will not be providing access to the airplane or our facilities before or after the flight. The Future of Flight has reserved its rooftop deck for use by media as a viewing location for photos and video of the airplane’s takeoff and landing.
We plan to provide updates and photos via Twitter (@BoeingAirplanes) and will send a brief media statement via e-mail after the flight is completed.