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The Boeing 787, Ethiopian Airlines ZA261 Production Flight Test Summary

The Ethiopian Airlines ZA261 Production Flight Test Summary includes all flights completed up to and including those up to the day af delivery, November 30th, 2012. The last production test flight occurred November 11th, 2012.

Flights Completed on ZA261: 11; Hours Flown: 10.32 hours

Maximum Altitude Achieved: 41,000 feet; Maximum Mach Number: .93

Production Flight Test Duration: 20; Days Flown: 8 Flights Flown: 11; Days From First Flight to Delivery: 30

Note: Flights completed includes landings to a full stop. Touch and go's, take off and landing performance flight with multiple landings are not reflected in the data here. The number of missions can be lower than the reported number of flights. A flight mission can include any number of landings. Gaps in tracking data exist, lowering the flight hours presented when compared to the actual flight time. Mach Number is based on a standard temperature day and is different from the flight data. Since the data presented here is from public sources, FAA Radar Tracking Data, data gaps are normal occurances and do not reflect on the flight test program. Radar tracking data is only available when a flight plan has been filed and it is active. If a flight plan has been canceled in flight, the tracking ends and data is no longer available.

On October 22nd 2012, the fourth Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 took to the air for it's first production flight. Airplane number ZA261 initiated a four week pre-delivery production flight test program. Five airplanes, ZA260 through ZA264 were ordered. ZA261 was the fourth 787 delivered. The information presented below is an unofficial summary of the ZA261 production flight test program. The information presented here is from publicly available data and is presented only for informative purposes.

Ethiopian Airlines 787 ZA261 Flight Test Progress