Boeing sets new test date

The five-times-delayed test flight of Boeing’s 787 will take place by the end of the year.

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Boeing’s 787 aircraft is now scheduled to have a much-delayed test flight by the end of the year and have its first delivery toward the end of 2010.

Boeing originally scheduled the 787’s first test flight for the fall of 2007. But production problems have forced the company to postpone trial flights of the next-generation passenger jet. The first delivery to Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. is now more than two years behind its original schedule…

After so many false starts, airline customers and some Wall Street analysts have become more skeptical of Boeing’s timetable for the 787, built with lightweight carbon composite parts for fuel efficiency.

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