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Carson: 787 schedule reaffirmed, all aircraft equipment cleared for first flight

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787-ZA001-rollout-nose_560.jpgBoeing reaffirmed its 787 schedule today, saying that the company has "cleared all equipment for first flight" as it prepares for its maiden flight in the 2nd quarter.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson called Airplane One "essentially factory complete."

Carson added that Airplane One, which has been delayed by fastener problems and design changes, is currently undergoing integrated hardware and software testing at the company's Everett, WA factory.

Carson cited several visible "mini-milestones" to look for in the weeks to come, including a trip to the paint shop and commencement of gauntlet tests to verify and validate systems integration, as well as flight line ground and ship power testing to ensure the aircraft's self-sufficiency.

Carson was speaking at a JP Morgan Conference and said that "job one" for his company is flying, certifying and delivering on the 787 and 747-8 programs for customers.

The first 787-8, ship seven, is scheduled to enter service in the 1st quarter of 2010 with Japan's All Nippon Airways. 

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