Boeing has begun ‘change incorporation’ work on customer 787s ahead of final certification and delivery of the delayed twinjet.
Flying in to Boeing’s Global Services & Support (GSS) site in San Antonio, Texas, on March 4, Aircraft#23 (for Japan Air Lines) is the first 787 which will undergo change incorporation work there, which will include installing electronic and mechanical equipment, completing software upgrades, testing functional systems, and removing and reworking wiring or equipment that needs to be updated to conform with type certification standards.
After completing flight test activities, refurbishment of three of the six 787 test aircraft will also take place in San Antonio.In all six 787s are slated to complete change incorporation and refurbishment work in San Antonio through to 2013, but Boeing has left open the possibility of accommodating more 787s on the production line as flight testing is completed.
Boeing will hire 450 temporary employees to join the currently 1500 strong workforce at San Antonio while change incorporation is completed.
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