Boeing completes test flight for second Dreamliner

Boeing said this week it had completed a test flight for its second 787 Dreamliner a week after the first flight for delay-plagued aircraft that is a key to the aerospace giant's future.

The all-new plane, painted with the logo of the Dreamliner's launch customer, All Nippon Airways of Japan, took off from Paine Field in Everett, completed a two-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle, the company said.

"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."

This was the second of six 787s being used in the airplane's flight-test program. Each of the planes will be used for a specific set of tests, with this airplane focusing on systems performance.

The mid-size, twin-aisle Dreamliner is Boeing's first new model in more than a decade. The company has based its revolutionary design on lightweight composite materials instead of aluminum to improve fuel efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.

Boeing sees the 787 as the future for the industry, as well as for its commercial strategy.

Boeing said separately it had acquired Alenia North America's half of Global Aeronautica, a South Carolina fuselage subassembly facility for the Dreamliner, and is now the sole owner of that entity.

Alenia North America is a subsidiary of Italy's Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company.

Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that "integration of the site will increase productivity for the 787 program and allow us to maintain our long-term competitiveness."