EVERETT, Wash. (
said its long-delayed Dreamliner could take to the skies as early as Tuesday.
Boeing said the Dreamliner's first flight will take place after final flight readiness reviews, documentation from the Federal Aviation Administration and taxi testing.
The flight also is subject to weather conditions, Boeing said in a press release late Thursday.
Boeing said it completed a successful review of a static test conducted Nov. 30 to validate certain side-of-body modifications to the jetliner.
Boeing's Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said the company also completed final gauntlet testing on the first airplane. Testing lasted just two days because only improvements made earlier this year during previous testing had to be examined.
"We are very pleased with the results of this final functional testing. With the successful completion of static testing and this functional testing, our focus now moves to first flight," Fancher said.
The Dreamliner has suffered from
, putting it more than two-and-a-half years behind schedule.
-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.
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