Only a week after the historic first flight, another new Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies on December 22, 2009 – already in the livery of the launch customer All Nippon Airways.
The second flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft – that is referred to as ZA002 and powered by the Trent 1000 – took off and landed at the same locations as the first flight test aircraft. Leaving from Paine Field in Everett, it touched down at Boeing Field in Seattle after a 2 hour flight.
Boeing stated “We are delighted that the second Dreamliner is in the livery of our launch customer, ANA,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We are honored by the airline’s support and look forward to delivering ANA the first production airplane next year.”
Captain Randy Neville was at the controls for the flight, with Chief Pilot Mike Carriker operating as co-pilot. They piloted the first flight just a week ago, but have switched seats for the second one. Neville and Carriker took the airplane to an altitude of 13,000 feet (3,962 m) and an airspeed of 200 knots, or about 230 miles (370 km) per hour. The airplane took off at 9:09 a.m. PST and landed at 11:10 a.m. PST.
This is the second of six 787s being used in the airplane’s flight-test program. Each of the airplanes will be used for a specific set of tests, with this airplane focusing on systems performance. Like its predecessor, ZA001, the airplane is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.