Dreamliner's Latest Estimated Takeoff: June

Troubled aircraft finally reaching last test stages
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 11:27 AM CDT
Workers cluster around a Boeing 787 at Boeing's airplane assembly plant in Everett, Wash., Jan. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After years of delays, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner may finally be finished. After a full on-the-ground simulation, one will leave the factory this week to take a place on the runway for a real test flight in June, the Seattle Times reports. Boeing lost 32 jet orders due to delays and the economic crisis, but still has 866. It expects more cancellations, but CEO Jim McNerney said reductions should be “modest.”