ANA (All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) has decided to change 15 of its current orders for the Boeing 787-8 aircraft to the 787-9 model. ANA currently has a total of 55 orders for the Dreamliner.
The 787-9 aircraft is an extended body version of the 787-8 model, appropriate for short, mid-haul and long-haul international routes. The model will also meet the increasing need for 400 seat-capacity aircraft for domestic routes, and will further improve the flexibility of our fleet and network planning. Furthermore, like the 787-8 model, it is a highly fuel efficient aircraft which will enable ANA to reduce operating costs and carbon dioxide emission.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. The first 787-881 to appear in launch customer ANA’s colors is test aircraft ZA002 registered as N787EX (msn 34488). The airliner arrives at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after a test flight.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charles) is conducting remote testing of its 787 test aircraft. Four of the five Boeing 787 flight test airplanes are conducting remote test operations this week. ZA005 continues testing from its base of operations in Seattle.
ZA001, the first 787, is taking a break from operations out of Edwards Air Force Base in California for a week’s worth of testing in Roswell, NM. This is ZA001′s second visit to Roswell. Last month the airplane conducted wet-runway testing there. Testing in the days ahead will include rejected-takeoff conditions. ZA001 has been on remote deployment to Edwards Air Force Base for several weeks, with a focus on takeoff- and landing-performance conditions.
The second 787 is conducting high-latitude and cold-weather testing at Keflavik Airport in Iceland.
The hot weather in Yuma, AZ, with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), has provided the necessary conditions for another set of tests happening on ZA003. Its deployment is expected to last about another week.
ZA004 has spent an extended time operating out of Victorville, CA, conducting flight loads survey testing. This testing measures external pressure distributions throughout the flight envelope. ZA004 is set to do testing in Glasgow, MT, after it wraps up its California testing.
Artificial ice shapes have been affixed to the leading edges of the wings and horizontal and vertical stabilizer of the fifth 787 to complete another group of tests required for certification. Ice-shape testing verifies the airplane’s performance in the presence of ice. Natural ice testing has already occurred.
The 787 flight test fleet has conducted more than 1,650 hours of flying over more than 540 flights.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. One of the test aircraft, the fourth (ZA004), Boeing 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) taxies past the camera at wet Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
Boeing 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) PAE (final taxi test, first 787 to fly) (Nick Dean), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) may take over more of the work of suppliers for the 787 Dreamliner according to published report by Tulsa World.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The first to fly, 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) makes it final taxi test at Everett (Paine Field).
ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) and Honeywell have signed a 10-year maintenance agreement for support of its equipment on ANA’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Honeywell will provide spares, logistics and repair services for its equipment on board the aircraft. Honeywell has flight control electronics, navigation radios, crew information systems and interior and exterior lighting.
ANA is expected to receive its first 787-800 in December 2010 or January 2011.
In other news ,ANA is seeking international investment from other partner airlines and investment funds to help set up a new LCC which will be launched in early 2011 according to the Nikkei Business Daily.
ANA is expected to take a 30-50 percent stake in the new LCC. The ANA name will not be used for the new airline.
On the financial side, ANA reported a fiscal first quarter net loss of slightly over $60 million.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Test aircraft Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) “ZA002″ arrives back at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) painted in full ANA colors.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) PAE (Nick Dean), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has stated delivery of its new 787 aircraft to ANA (All Nippon Airways) could be delayed into early 2011. Boeing is still hoping it can deliver the new type to ANA by year’s end.
Read the full report in the WSJ:
In other news, Boeing has chosen North Charleston, SC, as the location for its new 787 Dreamliner interiors fabrication facility. Boeing will purchase land from Stone Mountain Industrial Park Inc. BRPH will design the facility, and Pattillo Construction will provide construction services. Employees at the facility will manufacture and assemble airplane interior parts.
The new fabrication factory will be 10 miles (16 km) from Boeing’s 787 final assembly and delivery site in North Charleston (CHS). The close proximity of the two facilities will help improve the efficiency of the final assembly and delivery process in South Carolina. Charleston International Airport (CHS) will become the second 787 assembly plant in 2011 behind Everett (Paine Field) (PAE).
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) is pictured at Everett (Paine Field) in ANA colors.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) will inspect its test fleet of 787 Dreamliners for any faulty workmanship issues involving the horizontal stabilizers.
Read the full report from Reuters:
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Test aircraft 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) taxies at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) 787 Dreamliner flight test fleet passed 1,000 hours of testing yesterday (June 17). The program estimates that the testing program is about 40 percent through the test conditions required to certify the first version of the all-new jetliner.
Follow the progress of 787 flight test at http://787flighttest.com.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Boeing 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) passes the camera at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County). It will be eventually delivered to ANA.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) PAE, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) expects to take delivery of the first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner in November. The new type will first enter revenue service on domestic routes in Japan followed by the first international service in March 2011.
Read the full report in Bloomberg/Businessweek:
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The first Dreamliner to receive an airline livery is this 787-881 registered N787EX (msn 34488) in ANA’ colors at Everett (Paine Field).
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has sent the second Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner, ZA002 (N787EX, msn 34488 in ANA’s colors), to Victorville, CA for testing. The new airliner landed at 10:53 a.m. local time yesterday (March 9) at VCV. VCV is the former George Air Force Base. This marks the beginning of the first flight-test operations outside of Washington state for the program.
The airplane will be stationed at Victorville for approximately three weeks. The crew will conduct ground effects testing among other activities.
A crew of more than 150 employees will be stationed at Victorville while the airplane is there. These include the flight test engineers and support personnel required to prepare the airplane for each day’s flights and to monitor performance and test equipment.
During ground effects testing, the pilots fly the airplane very close to the runway to gather data regarding the aerodynamic effects and performance of the airplane during the takeoff and landing phases of flight. Quantifying this performance is part of the certification requirements for all new airplanes.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. The latest 787-881 test aircraft is N7874 (msn 40693) pictured at Seattle (King County-Boeing Field) on February 24, 2010.
Continental Airlines, United Airlines and ANA (All Nippon Airways) yesterday (December 23) filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity to enable the three carriers to create a more efficient and comprehensive trans-Pacific network.
The trans-Pacific joint venture – the first of its kind between the U.S. and Asia – also would enable United, ANA and Continental to compete more effectively with other global alliances, each of which has a significant presence in Tokyo.
Upon DOT approval of the companies’ immunity application, United, ANA and Continental will be able to jointly manage trans-Pacific activities including scheduling, pricing and sales, offering customers a greater selection of routings and a wider range of fare and service options.
Here is the full press release:
Related to this, ANA’s future Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) developed some landing gear and brake problems on its previously-reported first flight according to this Seattle Times article:
Originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (December 22) completed the first flight of the second 787 Dreamliner, designated ZA002 (but actually the pictured 787-881 N787EX, msn 34488). The all-new airplane, which features the 1983 livery of the Dreamliner’s launch customer, ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan, took off from Paine Field in Everett, completed a two-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Boeing stated “We are delighted that the second Dreamliner is in the livery of our launch customer, ANA,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We are honored by the airline’s support and look forward to delivering ANA the first production airplane next year.”
Captain Randy Neville was at the controls for the flight, with Chief Pilot Mike Carriker operating as co-pilot. Neville and Carriker took the airplane to an altitude of 13,000 feet (3,962 m) and an airspeed of 200 knots, or about 230 miles (370 km) per hour. The airplane took off at 9:09 a.m. PST and landed at 11:10 a.m. PST.
This is the second of six 787s being used in the airplane’s flight-test program. Each of the airplanes will be used for a specific set of tests, with this airplane focusing on systems performance. Like its predecessor, ZA001, the airplane is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
In other news, Boeing announced yesterday (December 22) it is taking full control of Global Aeronautica, the midfuselage plant in North Charleston, SC, by buying out its Italian supplier Alenia. In July, Boeing took over the Vought facility at North Charleston (CHS). CHS will be location of the second Dreamliner assembly plant.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.
Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) new 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) took to the air for the first time today (December 15) at Everett (Paine Field) (PAE) at 10:27 a.m. (1027) local time (PST) on runway 34L. The new jetliner landed at Boeing Field-King County (BFI) at 1:33 p.m. (1333) local time.
News link with a video:
Here is the official Boeing press release:
Boeing 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) PAE (final taxi test), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (December 12) completed high-speed taxi tests on the first 787 Dreamliner (787-881 N787BA, msn 40690). This is the last in a series of functional tests planned in preparation for first flight. According to the Boeing press release, ”Our pilots told me the airplane performed beautifully,” said Mike Delaney, vice president and chief project engineer for the 787. “We’re going through and analyzing the data to ensure we’re ready for first flight. From evaluations we’ve done so far, everything looks good.”
During the testing, the airplane reached a top speed of approximately 130 knots (150 mph, 240 kph), and the pilots lifted the nose gear from the pavement. Video highlights of the taxi testing will be available by the end of the day Monday at http://www.boeing.com and http://www.newairplane.com.
Taxi test is the last testing planned before first flight which could come on Tuesday, December 15, if the Seattle area weather permits.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.
Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) yesterday (May 3) rolled out the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (N787BA, designated ZA001) to the Everett flight line. Fuel testing will begin in the next few days at PAE. The new type is due to fly for the first time later this quarter.