Report: Boeing Dreamliner to fly soon

Dec. 4, 2009 at 6:31 PM

CHICAGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. plane maker Boeing's long-delayed new Dreamliner 787 will fly twice by year's end, The Seattle Times reports.

The newspaper reported Friday a source, described only as a person close to the program, said the first flight is targeted for Dec. 18. and a second plane is to be flown 10 days later. Boeing has not announced a set date for the maiden flight, a company spokesman said in an e-mail Saturday.

The Dreamliner's delivery dates have been pushed back for more than two years, costing money and eroding confidence in the company.

Boeing advanced its flight schedule after a successful test of the aircraft's wing last week, the Times said.

On Tuesday, test pilots revved up the Rolls-Royce engines, sending a huge clouds of white smoke in the air.

A Rolls Royce spokesman said the smoke was expected, as oil used to protect the engines while they were not running burned away.

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