While the 787 has had many milestones, the one today is something we’ve all been waiting for. With Captain Heather Ross at the controls, 787 Line Number 86 for LOT Polish Airlines completed the final certification test for our new battery system with a 1 hour and 49 minute flight out of Paine Field.
Line Number 86 takes off today for the final certification test of our new battery system.
The crew tells us the certification demonstration plan was straightforward and the flight was uneventful. The purpose of the test was to demonstrate that the new battery system performs as we intended during normal and non-normal flight conditions.
We’ll now begin the process of turning in all the final certification materials to the FAA. If the FAA needs additional information, we stand ready to deliver it.
I want to once again thank our customers for their support during this process—as well as every member of the Boeing team for their tireless work to reach this very important point. Captain Ross perhaps said it best after today’s flight: “It feels great knowing that we are one step closer to helping our customers get their airplanes back in service.”
You can check out video of today’s takeoff below.