EVERETT, Wash. - Boeing Co.'s new 787 jetliner is finally
taking to the skies, more than two years later than the company
Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville lifted off at about
10:30 a.m. PST from Everett's Paine Field on a four-hour flight
over Washington state to perform a variety of basic tests and
systems checks before landing at Seattle's Boeing Field.
The 787 program has been plagued by ill-fitting parts and other
problems. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007 with
deliveries the following year, but Boeing has been forced to push
that back five times. It now plans to make the first delivery to
Japan's All Nippon Airways late next year.