Test flights for the long-awaited Boeing Dreamliner are expected to be completed this weekend as the aircraft inches ever closer to service.
Jim Albaugh, chief commercial officer at the aviation giant, confirmed the plane was on track to be delivered to launch customer – All Nippon Airways – in September.
Following initial deliveries, production of the new 787 will increase later this year, Albaugh added.
Boeing is now approximately three years behind schedule in delivering the first 787, largely because of snags in the unusually complex global supply chain.
ANA recently unveiled a celebratory livery for its first 787 at a ceremony in the United States.
The airline previously confirmed it will operate its first revenue flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as a charter international flight from Tokyo, Narita to Hong Kong.