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American takes its first Dreamliner up for a test flight

American crews took the Fort Worth-based carrier’s first Dreamliner up for a test flight at Boeing’s facility in Washington on Thursday.
American crews took the Fort Worth-based carrier’s first Dreamliner up for a test flight at Boeing’s facility in Washington on Thursday. Courtesy of American Airlines

American Airlines took its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner out for a little test flight on Thursday evening.

The company sent flight attendants, a test piilot and engineers to Boeing’s manufacturing facility in Washington to check out the new airccraft.

“This is something that will be written into our company’s history. It’s certainly a milestone and I’m very proud to be part of it. When I’m 70, I’ll be telling my grandchildren about this,” American’s test pilot David Hensley said in an internal newsletter on Thursday.

American expects to receive its first Dreamliner in a few weeks and expects to start flying the aircraft on domestic flights later this spring. It will then place the 787 on international routes this summer.

Here is the full update American posted in its Arrivals newsletter..

“This afternoon, American flight attendants, engineers and a test pilot arrived at Boeing for a long-awaited look at the first 787, and took her for a customer acceptance flight high above Washington state. Earlier this week, VP of global marketing, Fernand Fernandez, and some of the Onboard Products team got to preview the cabin interior with a focus on the new Business Class seats and other cabin amenities. Meanwhile, our Aircraft Delivery Team has officially started the aircraft acceptance process which involves very detailed inspections of the aircraft that include not only the new interior but the entire aircraft. Since this is a first-of-its-kind delivery, the inspection process is a bit more involved. Just like a final walk through before you close on a new house, they’ll make requests of Boeing and our interior vendors to put the finishing touches on everything from the new Business Class seats to the overhead bins, lavatories and tray tables. We want this plane to be perfect when it starts revenue flights later this spring.”

 
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