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The Boeing 787, Japan Airlines ZA178 Production Flight Test Progress Summary

The Japan Airlines ZA178 Production Flight Test Summary includes all flights completed up to and including those the day af delivery, September 4th, 2012. The first production test flight occurred August 16th, 2012.

Flights Completed on ZA178: 8; Hours Flown: 8.5 hours; First Flight to Delivery: 21 days

Maximum Altitude Achieved: 39,100 feet; Maximum Mach Number: .92

Production Flight Test Program Duration: 15 days; Days Flown: 5; Flights Flown: 8

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 September 24th 2012, the sixth Japan Airlines Boeing 787 was delivered. The last ZA178 production test flight was completed on September 18th, 2012. Forty five airplanes were ordered, 25 787-8s and 20 787-9s. The information presented below is an unofficial summary of the two week ZA178 production flight test program. The information presented here is from publicly available data and is presented only for informative purposes. Additional information and data for other test aircraft will be presented once it becomes available.

Japan Airlines 787 ZA178 Flight Test Progress