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United Airlines to host a live webcast of first Boeing 787 Dreamliner roll out

United Airlines (Chicago) tomorrow (July 31) will host a live webcast of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft rolling out of the paint hangar at Boeing’s Everett, Washington, facility. The webcast will stream live at unitedhub.com at 5:30 a.m. (0530) PDT (1230 GMT).

The live stream will provide viewers with a look at the airline’s customized livery that is exclusive to the Dreamliner fleet, featuring a gold line that wraps the fuselage and swoops from nose to tail. The swoop is inspired by the trademark swoop painted on each of Boeing’s aircraft and is being adopted for the United 787 in a tribute to the two companies’ long history of working together. United will take delivery of its first 787 in late September 2012.

To watch the live stream, visit unitedhub.com.

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  • ​We’re getting closer to the delivery of our first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and today we’re giving you a sneak peek at an artist’s renderings of our specially designed livery.

    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a revolutionary aircraft, and we’re excited to reveal details of our plans to make it our own. The process, known as induction, gives the 787 the look and feel of United. 

    Dreamliner delivery details

    We’re scheduled to take delivery of our first 787 in September and begin scheduled service in the Fall. The cabin has been installed and is configured as follows:
    • 36 seats in United BusinessFirst®
    • 72 seats in United Economy Plus®
    • 111 seats in United Economy®

    United 787 Dreamliner seat map

    United Boeing 787 livery

    United Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner livery renderingOur 787 fleet will be painted with the globe livery but will get its own unique twist: the gold line along both sides of the fuselage will feature a special swoop from nose to tail. Our design is inspired by Boeing’s trademarked swoop, and pays tribute to our long history of working together.

    Design and features

    The palette of colors in the cabin stays true to our current brand color scheme, so that you’ll experience the familiar United look and feel once you’re inside the plane. You’ll enjoy a number of travel-enhancing features when you fly including improved lighting, bigger windows with electronic dimmer buttons, more spacious overhead bins, lower cabin altitude (which can alleviate altitude-related symptoms such as headaches and fatigue) and enhanced ventilation systems.
    Innovative technology makes the 787 more environmentally friendly, economical and efficient to fly. Advances include the use of composite materials, less fuel consumption and a reduction in noise during takeoff and landing. These enhancements make it possible for our customers to fly to new destinations, such as the recently-announced Denver-to-Tokyo service starting in Spring 2013.

    Preparation

    United Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner livery rendering
    To get ready for the delivery of the first United 787, we’ve installed a simulator at our Houston training facility and trained more than 5,600 pilots, flight attendants and mechanics in 787 systems and operations so far.
    In addition to the ongoing training on the 787, we’re preparing our Houston maintenance facility as a place to store more than 600 spare parts for the 787.
    Following delivery, the 787 will undergo proving runs: flights that incorporate tests and training as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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United Airlines to introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a customized livery

United Airlines (Chicago) is scheduled to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in late September 2012. The aircraft cabin is being installed on the first aircraft, and will be configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy. Cabin color selections use a palette of blue and grey and are consistent with other modern United aircraft. According to the airline, “customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.” The 787’s inflight entertainment system features an all-new design that offers more intuitive browsing and more filtering options, giving customers the option of searching for programs by language.

The airline’s 787 fleet will feature a customized livery that is exclusive to the fleet: the gold line that wraps the fuselage will swoop from nose to tail. The swoop is inspired by the trademark swoop painted on each of Boeing’s aircraft and is being adopted for the United 787 in a tribute to the two companies’ long history of working together.

United has been the launch customer for more than a dozen Boeing aircraft models, and was the first airline to operate the 767 and 777 aircraft. This tradition continues with United being the North America launch customer of the 787.

In preparation for delivery of the first United Dreamliner, United installed a full-flight simulator at its Houston hub and is training pilots on operation of the aircraft. Flight attendants and mechanics have trained in 787 systems and operations, with additional training scheduled to continue through the remainder of the year. In addition, United is preparing to provide 787 maintenance support from its Houston base, and the airline is warehousing more than 1,180 different spare parts for easy and rapid access by its technicians.

The 787 will take United customers into the new generation of flying in an economical, efficient and environmentally friendly way. Primarily built with composite materials, the 787 has 30 percent more range and uses approximately 20 percent less fuel than similarly-sized aircraft, while reducing emissions and noise during takeoffs and landings. Because of these advantages, the 787 will open up new nonstop destinations that customers would not be able to otherwise reach on United, such as the recently-announced Denver-to-Tokyo service that starts next spring.

Following delivery of the first aircraft in September, the company will conduct a variety of tests and training, including completing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conformity checks and proving runs. The company will then enter the 787 into scheduled service in the fall.

United is planning to place five Boeing 787s into service in 2012, and has firm orders for a total of 50 new Dreamliners, with deliveries scheduled through 2019.

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Boeing rolls out the first 787 assembled at Charleston, South Carolina

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (April 27) as planned rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner at the North Charleston plant located at Charleston International Airport (CHS). The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner rolled out of final assembly to great fanfare from the crowd of nearly 7,000 Boeing employees and invited guests. The festival-like atmosphere, featuring aerial displays, music and entertainment, was a fitting celebration to commemorate assembly completion of the first 787.

The airplane’s rollout marks the first time that a Boeing commercial airplane has been produced in the Southeastern United States.

Boeing announced that it had selected North Charleston, S.C., as the location for the second 787 final assembly line on October 28, 2009, and broke ground on the site in November of that year. The South Carolina final assembly facility was completed in June 2011, and production began later that same month.

The airplane next goes to the flight line, where it will go through systems checks and engine runs in advance of taxi testing and first flight. The airplane remains on schedule for delivery to Air India in mid-2012.

Boeing South Carolina also has responsibility for fabrication, integration and assembly of the 787’s midbody and aft body fuselage sections. Once complete, the fuselage sections are either delivered to the South Carolina Final Assembly facility, or transported via the Dreamlifter to Final Assembly in Everett, Washington.

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Boeing and ANA celebrate the delivery of 787-881 JA808A using a biofuel

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) made aviation history yesterday (April 16) as the new 787-881 Dreamliner JA808A (msn 34490) flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels on its delivery flight.

The delivery flight between Boeing’s Delivery Center in Everett, Washington and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is also the first ever trans-Pacific biofuel flight.

JA808A flew with biofuel made mainly from used cooking oil and emitted an estimated 30 percent less CO2 emissions when compared to today’s similarly-sized airplanes. Of the reduction in greenhouse gasses, about 10 percent can be attributed to the use of biofuel and approximately 20 percent to the technology and efficiency advancements offered by the Dreamliner.

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Now in service, sister ship JA805A departs from Frankfurt.

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Transaero Airlines signs its contract for four Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has signed a firm order for four 787-8 Dreamliners. The signing ceremony for the order, valued at $744 million at list prices, made history by being held onboard the 787 during a demonstration flight for Transaero’s executives, employees and special guests.

Captain Evgeny Nikitin, Commander of Transaero’s 767/777 flying unit, was co-piloting the 787 during the entire flight from takeoff to landing as the signing ceremony took place.

Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, nonstop routes preferred by the traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. More than 850 787s are on order by 59 customers, a testament to the airplane’s unique capabilities. Russia played an important role in creating this revolutionary airplane. Engineers from the Moscow Boeing Design Center participated in designing a number of key sections of the 787. Russian manufacturer VSMPO-AVISMA supplies titanium parts for the 787 Dreamliner.

Copyright Photo: Boeing. From left: Alexander Krinichansky, Transaero Airlines executive director; Alexander Pleshakov, Transaero Airlines chairman of the board; Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Serdar Gurz, director international Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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Japan Airlines to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 tomorrow

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25, 2012, and the aircraft will be flown from Everett to Tokyo (Narita) by JAL pilots on the following day.

JAL’s first commercial 787 flight will also be the first ever nonstop flight to connect Boston with Asia when JAL uses it to launch the new service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston on April 22, 2012. JAL will later this year, also use this super-efficient aircraft to start yet another first nonstop service between a US city and Asia with the launch of direct flights between Tokyo (Narita) and San Diego. The 787 is scheduled to be deployed on routes between Tokyo and Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore as soon as subsequent aircraft are delivered and all necessary preparations are completed.

The first JAL 787 will depart from PAE  at 1600 (4 pm) local time on March 26 and arrive at Tokyo (Narita) at 1830 (6:30 pm) on March 27.

JAL’s 787 Dreamliner is configured in two classes with 42 seats in business and 144 seats in economy. The airline will fit its newest Executive Class JAL SHELL FLAT NEO seats that are 5 cm (2 inches) wider (than the seats now fitted on JAL’s Boeing 777s), in a 2-2-2 configuration so that customers are either seated by the window or along the aisle. Lavatories in Executive Class also feature a special warm-water Toto Washlet*1 jointly developed by companies Toto, JAMCO and Boeing. The 144 Economy Class seats have 2 cm (0.8 inches) wider space than current seats and arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

According to the airline, some of the highlights of the revolutionary aircraft are:

・30% larger windows than a Boeing 767 allow for more light into the cabin and a greater view of the outside even for passengers seated in the middle sections.

・Electronically dimmable windows allow customers to adjust the amount of light entering the cabin, and it replaces conventional shades that either completely shut out or let in external light.

・Taking advantage of the kaleidoscope of colors afforded by the new LED lights, JAL’s original onboard lighting design creates a soothing in-flight atmosphere that would evoke a sense of the four seasons in Japan, such as pink hues of cherry blossoms in spring. The lighting is also used to create a more conducive environment at the right timing for a sound slumber and a refreshed wakening, as well as to make in-flight meals more appetizing.

・Higher ceilings and lower cabin pressure are subtle enhancements that make a noticeable difference to customer comfort, especially on long-haul flights. The ceiling of the 787 Dreamliner is approximately 14 cm (5.5 inches) higher than a Boeing 767 aircraft (comparing the height of the economy class section) while the maximum cabin altitude is also lower at 1,800 meters which reduces passenger fatigue.

・A brand new type of in-flight entertainment will be introduced onboard JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, called SKY MANGA which reflects a distinctive part of the Japanese culture. There will be more than 30 titles of Japanese comics available in electronic versions on JAL’s in-flight entertainment system initially, with expansion to English versions planned for the near future.

For more information on JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, visit: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/787/.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.


Boeing announces fifth segment of the 787 Dream Tour

Boeing (Chicago) this month will begin the fifth segment of the 787 Dream Tour, a worldwide tour featuring the Dreamliner. This leg of the tour will include five cities across South America, Central Asia, Russia and Europe.

The March and April schedule includes the following stops:

  • March 26-31: Santiago, Chile to visit LAN Airlines and be on display at the FIDAE Air Show.
  • April 1-2: Shannon, Ireland for a scheduled day of maintenance activities.
  • April 2-3: Baku, Azerbaijan to visit Azerbaijan Airlines.
  • April 3-6: Moscow, Russia to visit airline customers, suppliers and employees from the Boeing Design Center.
  • April 6-11: Istanbul, Turkey to visit customers and suppliers.
  • April 11-13: Madrid, Spain to visit Air Europa, suppliers and Boeing employees.

The Dream Tour airplane is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops will be announced approximately one month in advance. At many of the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

For updates on the 787 Dream Tour, including videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, visit www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris.

Boeing receives FAA certification for 787 Dreamliner with GE engines

Boeing (Chicago) received yesterday (March 20) an amended type certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 787-8 Dreamliner equipped with General Electric GEnx engines.

The amended type certificate from the FAA formally recognizes that the 787 with GE engines has demonstrated compliance with rigorous federal regulations. The achievement caps off the most robust flight and ground test program ever conducted in the company’s history.

Initial type certification of the 787 with Rolls-Royce engines took place in August 2011. Each new combination of an airframe type and engine requires additional certification to validate the integrity of the design.

60 customers around the world have ordered more than 870 Dreamliners.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Boeing’s ZA003 arrives in Mexico City

Boeing’s (Chicago) 787 Dreamliner landed for the first time in Mexico City yesterday as part of its World Tour. Over the next day-and-a-half, Aeromexico executives, employees, and special invited guests will get a chance to tour and experience much of the airplane’s cutting-edge technological advancements.

AeroMexico was the first carrier in Latin America to commit to the Dreamliner when it announced it would lease three 787s from ILFC in June 2006 and then the first carrier in the region to order the airplane with a firm order for two Dreamliners in August of that same year.

This is the airplane’s first visit to Mexico City – the world’s third largest metropolitan area. Sitting higher than 7,300 ft (2,225 meters), Mexico City has always played an integral part in Boeing’s flight test programs for high altitude testing.

The airplane, ZA003, was originally used for flight testing but has been elegantly refurbished to showcase the standard capabilities and features of the 787 including an interior that highlights the many passenger-preferred features of the airplane.

In other news, Boeing has completed all flight tests expected to be required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx engines. This marks the end of all certification flight testing associated with the baseline model of the 787. Testing on engine and airframe improvements will continue as needed, as it does for all airplane programs.

Ground testing to complete certification requirements has also concluded.

The final flight concluded late last month with the landing of the 35th 787 built.
Flight testing is one of many elements reviewed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration before it certifies a new airplane type. Certification of the 787 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines was completed in August 2011. Each new combination of airframe type and engine requires additional certification.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner kicks off fourth leg of the Dream Tour in Toronto

Boeing’s (Chicago) 787 Dreamliner touched down at Toronto Pearson International Airport today to kick off the fourth leg of the 787 Dream Tour – a worldwide tour featuring the Dreamliner. This leg of the tour includes eight cities across North America.

The Dream Tour airplane is in Toronto to celebrate Air Canada’s 75th Anniversary. During the two-day stop, Air Canada executives, employees and other guests will have a chance to view the airplane, including the interior. The airplane will also be open to employees of local Boeing 787 partner Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Those employees provide the Dreamliner’s landing gear structure and electric brakes.

The airplane, ZA003, was originally used for flight testing but has been elegantly refurbished to showcase the capabilities and features of the 787 including an interior that highlights the many passenger-preferred amenities of the airplane.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Bottom Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) (aka “ZA003) arrives at an overcast Toronto (Pearson).

Boeing announces the next segment of 787 Dream Tour

Boeing (Chicago) will conduct the fourth segment of the 787 Dream Tour beginning on March 1. Stops will include visits to cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In addition, the Dream Tour airplane, the pictured “ZA003″, will be featured at the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, Chile, in late March to kick off the fifth segment of the tour.

The March schedule includes the following stops:

March 1-4: Toronto, Canada, to visit Air Canada and local suppliers.
March 4: Boston, Mass., in support of Japan Airlines, which has announced that it will offer 787 service on the Tokyo-Boston route.
March 5-7: Newark, N.J., to visit United Airlines and its local stakeholders.
March 8-9: Mexico City, Mexico, to visit Aero Mexico.
March 10-12: Phoenix, Ariz., to visit Honeywell, other suppliers and Boeing employees.
March 13: San Diego, Calif., to visit Goodrich and other suppliers.
March 14-15: Long Beach, Calif., to visit leasing companies, Boeing employees and suppliers.
March 15-17: Salt Lake City, Utah, to visit Boeing employees and suppliers.

The Dream Tour airplane is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features, including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops will be announced approximately one month in advance. At many of the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

For updates on the 787 Dream Tour, including videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, visit http://www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Boeing 787 N1015B is flying an unique flight pattern now over the western states

Boeing (Chicago) test aircraft 787-8 Dreamliner N1015B (msn 36276) operating as flight BOE236 is currently on a 19-hour test flight over the northern and western states and is about to complete a giant 787 flight pattern complete with the Boeing logo!

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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N1015B is pictured departing from Boeing Field yesterday afternoon on its epic flight. N1015B is destined for Air India as VT-ANH.

Boeing: 787 inspections will not cause a significant delay

Boeing (Chicago) according to Bloomberg have stated “inspections of 787 Dreamliners for signs of delamination on the fuselage won’t cause a significant impact to the production schedule”

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Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris.

Can Boeing maintain its projected 10 787s per month with this new problem?

Boeing (Chicago) has aggressively laid out plans to produce 10 787 Dreamliners per month. However a new report by Reuters of an “incorrect shimming” problem may affect those plans.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Coming to Bangkok, Singapore for third segment of Dream Tour

Boeing (Chicago) will begin the third segment of the 787 Dream Tour next month with two stops in Asia. The all-new Dreamliner will visit Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.

The February schedule includes the following stops:

Feb. 9-11: Bangkok, Thailand to visit Thai Airways International.
Feb. 11-18: Singapore to visit Singapore Airlines and to be on display at the Singapore Airshow.

The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops will be announced approximately one month in advance. At the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

For updates on the 787 Dream Tour, including videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, visit http://www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Boeing announces Second Segment of 787 Dream Tour

Boeing (Chicago) this month will begin the second segment of the 787 Dream Tour, with four stops planned in the U.S. and Ireland.

The January schedule includes the following stops:

Jan. 20-23: Wichita, Kan., to visit partner Spirit AeroSystems and Boeing employees.

Jan. 23-25: Rockford, Ill., to visit partner Hamilton Sundstrand.

Jan. 25-27: Dublin, Ireland, to visit airline customers, leasing companies, financiers and other stakeholders.

Jan. 27-30: Huntsville, Ala., to visit Boeing employees.

The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features, including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops, which are planned through April, will be announced approximately one month in advance. At many of the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

For updates on the 787 Dream Tour, including videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, visit http://www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Boeing starts construction of the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner

Boeing (Chicago) reached a new milestone with the construction of the first 787 Dreamliner at its new North Charleston, SC second-line plant. The company announced its first South Carolina-built 787 put weight on wheels for the first time on December 18.

The airplane moved on its landing gear, via tug, to the next production position where electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems installation and testing will continue over the next several weeks. Installation of the airplane’s engines and interior will begin soon.

Boeing South Carolina remains on schedule for its first 787 Dreamliner delivery in the first half of 2012.

Air India will take delivery of this first SC-produced 787.

Made from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. More than 800 787s are on order by more than 50 airlines, a testament to the airplane’s unique capabilities.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner touches down in Africa

Boeing’s (Chicago) 787 Dreamliner touched down in Ethiopia ‘s capital today (December 11) to kick off the Africa portion of Boeing’s 787 Dream Tour – a six-month worldwide tour featuring the Dreamliner. This is the first time the Dreamliner has visited the African continent.

The Dream Tour airplane will be in Addis Ababa , the capital of Ethiopia and home to Ethiopian Airlines, December 11-14 before it travels to Nairobi, Kenya. During the four-day stop, Ethiopian Airlines executives and employees, government officials and other guests will have a chance to view the airplane, including the interior.

The airplane, ZA003, was originally used for flight testing but has been elegantly refurbished to showcase the standard capabilities and features of the 787 including an interior that highlights the many passenger-preferred features of the airplane.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner sets speed and distance records

Boeing (Chicago) has established two world records with the 787 Dreamliner, setting new marks for both speed and distance for the airplane’s weight class.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is the first airplane to provide both long distance capabilities with mid-size capacity (210-250 passengers in a three-class seating), allowing airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. The airplane is 20 percent more fuel efficient than similarly sized airplanes.

The sixth 787-8 registered as N787ZA (msn 40695), designated as ZA006, powered by General Electric GEnx engines, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 11:02 a.m. on Dec. 6 and set the distance record for its class (440,000-550,000 lbs.) with a 10,710 nmi (19,835 km) flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with credit for 10,337 nmi (19,144 km). This record had previously been held by the Airbus A330 based on a 9,127 nmi (16,903 km) flight in 2002.

Following an approximately two-hour stop for refueling in Dhaka , the airplane returned to Seattle on a 9,734 nmi (18,027 km) flight. The airplane landed at 5:29 a.m. on December 8, setting a new record for speed around the world (eastbound) with a total trip time of 42 hours and 27 minutes. There was no previous around-the-world speed record for this weight class.

The 787 carried six pilots, an observer for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and operations and other Boeing employees – 13 people in total.

Flight routing on the first segment of the journey took the airplane from Seattle across the U.S. to Nantucket. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the airplane entered European air space at Santiago, Spain, and proceeded down the Mediterranean, across Egypt to Luxor, across the Middle East and over India to Bangladesh. On the second segment, the Dreamliner flew over Singapore , the Philippines and Guam before entering U.S. airspace over Honolulu and returning to Seattle.

Boeing holds world records for longest distance flights in five weight classes with records set by the KC-135, 767-200ER (extended range), 777-200 and 777-200LR (longer range). The 777-200 also holds the speed record for its weight class.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

 

Boeing launches its 787 Dreamliner tour in China

Boeing (Chicago) introduced the 787 Dreamliner to China today.

The airplane will be in China December 4 through 11, with stops in Beijing, Guangzhou and Haikou , “where Chinese customers, partners, government officials and media will experience the revolutionary technology and passenger innovation firsthand” according to Boeing.

The airplane, ZA003, was originally used for flight testing but has been elegantly refurbished to showcase the standard capabilities and features of the 787.

Copyright Photo: Boeing. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registered as N787BX (msn 40692) and referred to by Boeing as “ZA003″ arrived today (December 4) at the Beijing Capital International Airport, making its debut in mainland China, one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation and travel markets. It also marks the start of a six-month worldwide Dream Tour with the all-new jet.

Boeing announces a world 787 “Dream Tour”

A new look for ZA003, originally uploaded by The Boeing Company.

Boeing (Chicago) will begin a six-month “Dream Tour” with a 787 Dreamliner. According to Boeing, “customers and partners around the world will experience the revolutionary technology and passenger innovation offered on the first new airplane of the 21st century.”

The December schedule for the 787 Dream Tour includes six stops in Asia , Africa and the Middle East :

December 4-11 : China with stops in Beijing , Guangzhou and Haikou to visit customers, partners, and government officials including representatives from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) and Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co. (CAC).

December 11-16 : Africa with stops in Addis Ababba, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya to visit Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways.

December 16-19 : Middle East stop in Doha to visit Qatar Airways.
Specific dates for the subsequent segments of the tour will be announced about one month prior to the events. Additional tour stops are being planned for January through April 2012 and will be detailed in future announcements.
Many of the stops will include opportunities for local media to tour the airplane and talk with Boeing executives and pilots.

Aviation enthusiasts can follow the progress of the 787 tour at www.newairplane.com. Videos, photos and reports from the tour stops as well as an inside look at the airplane, will be featured beginning with the first stop next week.

The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, (N787EX) has been retrofitted with special interior features designed to highlight the unique cabin features and performance capabilities of the Dreamliner. The flight test equipment on board ZA003, the third 787 to be built, has been removed and a stunning new interior has been installed (see above). The airplane also has received a refreshed Boeing livery.

Visitors will be greeted by the spacious signature 787 entryway sky light and gathering area. The LED lighting, standard on all 787s, will be demonstrated throughout the tour airplane. Visitors will experience the dynamic affect of this new technology to make meal time more enjoyable, sooth passengers during restful periods and gently wake them following a long flight.

Visitors also will find a luxurious business-class cabin with a dozen lay-flat seats, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section. A large open space between the two economy class sections allows Boeing to spotlight the features of the 787 with displays and demonstrations. The exterior of the airplane has been repainted in the standard Boeing livery.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Boeing hands over the first 787 Dreamliner to ANA

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA (All Nippon Airweays) (Tokyo) yesterday (September 25) as planned signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner. Celebrations to mark this historic milestone begin today in Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the airplane on Tuesday. The signing comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.

Celebrations for Boeing employees begin Monday at 6 a.m. (0600) (Pacific time) outside the 787 factory in Everett with the static display of ZA002, one of the flight test airplanes painted in ANA’s livery. ANA and Boeing executives, employees, partners and government officials will gather at 9 a.m. (0900) for the delivery ceremony in the same location. The pictured “Airplane 24″, painted in ANA’s special livery, will join the display during the ceremony. Flyaway of the airplane to Tokyo is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 6:35 a.m. (0635) from Paine Field.

A live webcast of Monday’s delivery events and Tuesday’s flyaway can be seen at www.newairplane.com. Video highlights of those events also will be posted to the website.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional details.

ANA, Boeing set date for first 787 Dreamliner delivery

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) announced on August 26 they will celebrate the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner on September 26 in Everett (Paine Field). The actual contractual delivery occurs on September 25. Events throughout the day on September 26 will commemorate delivery of this game changing airplane to its launch customer.

ANA’s first Dreamliner will arrive in Tokyo on September 28, following a September 27 departure from Everett (Paine Field) and will be greeted by ANA employees, media and Japanese partners.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner receives FAA, EASA certification

Boeing (Chicago) 0n August 26 received certification for the all-new 787 Dreamliner from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) during a ceremony at the company’s Everett, Washington, facility.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt presented the U.S. Type Certificate, which verifies that the 787 has been tested and found to be in compliance with all federal regulations, to 787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker and 787 Vice President and Chief Project Engineer Mike Sinnett, both of whom have worked on the program since the day it began.

Babbitt presented the amended Production Certificate 700 to John Cornish, vice president of 787 Final Assembly & Delivery, and Barb O’Dell, vice president of Quality for the 787 program. The Production Certificate adds the 787 to the list of Boeing Commercial Airplane production systems that have been found to be compliant with all federal regulations.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Boeing completes 787 flight testing for Rolls-Royce aircraft

Boeing (Chicago) completed all flight tests required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines on July 13, 2011. The final flight occurred on July 13 onboard the pictured N1006F (ZA102), the ninth 787 to be built. Captain Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 program, brought ZA102 back to its home base at Paine Field in Everett at 1:58 p.m. (1358) (Pacific time) following a 90 minute flight that originated in Billings, Montana. During the flight, the 14-person crew completed simulations of a dispatch with a failed generator and failed fuel flow indication.

Video highlights of 787 flight testing can be found at: http://youtu.be/9yRmwGMNuDo.

Flight testing continues for 787s with GE engines and for Boeing test points not related to certification.

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Boeing plans to finalize 787 testing this weekend

Boeing (Chicago) is planning to finish flight testing for its 787 Dreamliner this weekend according to this report by Reuters.

The first production 787 will be handed over to ANA in September. The long wait is also over.

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This ANA painted Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in Japan to begin stimulated airline service

ANA (All Nippon AIrways) and Boeing today (July 4) began an important validation of their readiness for the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service.

Throughout the coming days, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, will fly a 787 on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. ANA’s mechanics and ground crews also will gain experience with the airplane in a simulated operational environment.

The 787 debuted in Asia yesterday (July 3) with a landing at Haneda Airport in Tokyo at 6:21 a.m. (0621) (local time). More than a thousand media, ANA employees and aviation enthusiasts gathered to witness the 787’s arrival and welcome ANA pilots Captains Masayuki Ishii and Masami Tsukamoto and Boeing pilots Captains Mike Carriker, Heather Ross and Ted Grady.

Sporting ANA’s livery, this 787 flight test airplane designated ZA002 flew nonstop to Tokyo from Seattle.

Throughout the week-long validation, the 787 will experience simulated day-to-day airline operations. maintenance, servicing and flight crew operations will be conducted at five airports in Tokyo, Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

ANA’s first scheduled service with the 787 will be either the Haneda-Okayama or Haneda-Hiroshima route when deliveries begin later this year.

ANA has 55 Dreamliners on order. ANA will deploy the 787 across its route network as an integral part of its strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.

Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in the August to September timeframe.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

Boeing begins final phase of 787 flight testing

Boeing (Chicago) on June 26 started Function & Reliability (F&R) testing and extended operations (ETOPS) demonstrations on the 787 Dreamliner. This is the final phase of flight testing prior to certification of the airplane.

ANA will take the first delivery in the August to September 2011 time period.

F&R testing simulates various normal and non-normal operations for the airplane, in a realistic airline-like flight environment. ETOPS refers to extended operations – for twin jets, flights that are more than 60 minutes away from a suitable landing field. During ETOPS demonstrations the company validates the airplane’s ability to safely divert for a variety of reasons, including long diversions with one engine shut down.

In addition to F&R and ETOPS testing for the 787 with Rolls-Royce engines, Boeing continues certification testing on 787s with General Electric engines and will conduct a separate F&R/ETOPS test program for that version of the airplane. Other activities will continue on the flight test fleet to support Boeing objectives including examining potential technologies for the 787-9 and testing engine improvement packages.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Boeing and ANA to readiness test this Dreamliner in Japan starting on July 4

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) today (May 26) announced how the two companies will work together to help prove the 787 Dreamliner’s readiness to enter service on a commercial basis. Using the second flight test aircraft, known as the pictured ZA002, they will simulate in-service operations across several airports in Japan in a service ready operational validation. The validation is expected to take place the week of July 4. Anticipated city pairs include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

This will be the 787’s maiden appearance in Japan. ANA is the launch customer for the aircraft and has 55 Dreamliners on order. The 787, which will be deployed across the ANA route network, is an integral part of ANA’s strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.

ANA’s maintenance crews also will practice maintenance and servicing of the 787 during the validation. This will include typical ground servicing activities, fit checks of airplane jacks and maintenance hangar stands, towing and refueling the airplane, and other routine maintenance operations. Watch this video to see how Boeing and ANA are planning for the validation.

Similar service ready validations have been conducted with great success on previous Boeing programs, including the 777, 737NG and 757-300.

Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in the August to September timeframe.

Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Please click on the photo for background information.

The IAM takes Boeing to the NLRB over its plans to build the 787 in South Carolina

Boeing (Chicago) is fighting the complaint brought to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the IAM over Boeing’s plans to also produce the 787 Dreamliner in Charleston, SC. Boeing issued the following statement:

“The Boeing Company said it will vigorously contest a complaint brought before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 20 by the leadership of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The complaint challenges Boeing’s 2009 decision to complement its production capacity in Washington state with a new assembly plant in South Carolina and seeks to force Boeing to place its second 787 final assembly line in Puget Sound instead of Charleston.

“This claim is legally frivolous and represents a radical departure from both NLRB and Supreme Court precedent,” said Boeing Executive Vice President and General Counsel J. Michael Luttig. “Boeing has every right under both federal law and its collective bargaining agreement to build additional U.S. production capacity outside of the Puget Sound region.”

Union officials have been pressing the NLRB for more than a year to bring forward the complaint and force Boeing to abandon plans to produce three 787 airplanes per month in the company’s new North Charleston, S.C., factory and build them instead in Puget Sound. With today’s action by the NLRB’s acting general counsel, the board now will begin a formal proceeding to hear the IAM’s allegations.

Boeing also was critical of the timing of the complaint, which comes a full 17 months after the company announced plans to expand its manufacturing capacity in the United States in South Carolina. Construction of the factory is nearly complete and the company has hired more than 1,000 new workers. Final assembly of the first airplane is slated to begin in July.

Boeing has made it clear that none of the production jobs created in South Carolina has come at the expense of jobs in Puget Sound and that not a single union member has been adversely affected. In fact, IAM employment in Puget Sound has increased by approximately 2,000 workers since the decision to expand in South Carolina was made in October 2009.

Prior to that decision, Boeing held extensive discussions with the IAM over the potential placement of the new 787 production capacity in Puget Sound. Those discussions ended with Boeing unable to reach agreement with union leadership on demands that would have hampered the company’s competitiveness in the increasingly competitive global market for large commercial airplanes.

Luttig said Boeing was confident that the claim would be rejected by the federal courts. He also emphasized that the company will begin assembling 787s in South Carolina this summer, as planned. “We fully expect to complete our new state-of-the-art facility in South Carolina in the weeks ahead, and we will be producing 787s – America’s next great export – from our factories in both Puget Sound and South Carolina for decades to come,” he said.”

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Boeing is ready to deliver 787 pilot training around the world

Boeing (Chicago) has achieved multiple qualifications for its worldwide network of 787 training campuses. The qualifications mean Boeing Flight Services has training devices that are ready to be used with an approved training course in locations around the globe.

Full-flight simulators and other flight training devices for commercial pilot training require qualifications from each airline’s home country regulatory agency. Boeing is qualifying its network of 787 training devices with multiple regulators in order to allow airlines the maximum options and regional locations for training their crews.

Boeing operates 787 training campuses in five locations: Seattle, Singapore, Tokyo, London Gatwick and Shanghai. As part of the qualification process, Boeing demonstrated, with the regulators’ concurrence, that the training devices located at the five campuses around the world were similar or identical in the way they operate.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Boeing to paint the Charleston-assembled Dreamliners in Amarillo, Texas

Boeing (Chicago) has selected Leading Edge Aviation Services to paint the 787 Dreamliners assembled at Boeing’s new North Charleston, SC, final assembly and delivery facility.

Leading Edge will perform the work at its Amarillo, Texas facility where other wide-body airplanes are painted. The company, which specializes in commercial and military aircraft painting, will apply final paint and customer livery to all 787 Dreamliners delivered from the Boeing South Carolina facility.

As 787 Dreamliners complete final assembly and prepare for delivery, the airplanes will make the 1,250-mile (2,000-kilometer) flight from North Charleston to Amarillo to be painted. The airplanes will then return to South Carolina for final delivery to customers from around the world.

Production in the new South Carolina 787 Dreamliner facility is on schedule to begin mid-2011, with first delivery scheduled for 2012.

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Boeing 787-881 N7874 (ZA004) completes the 1,000th 787 program test flight

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) announced today that the pictured 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) Dreamliner, designated as ZA004, made the 1,000th 787 flight the previous day, marking another milestone in the flight test program. There are seven airplanes participating in flight testing. The landing of 787 flight test airplane ZA004 (above), just after 1 p.m. MST (1300) at Yuma International Airport, counted as the official 1,000th flight.

Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Please click on the photo for further information on the test program.

Boeing to fly two 787 Dreamliners back to Seattle as the investigation continues

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is going to fly two 787 test Dreamliners (ZA001 – N787BA and ZA005 – N787FT) back to Seattle.

Boeing has not reached any decision on when its 787s will resume testing. The investigation continues.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional details about the investigation.

Boeing suspends flight testing activities for the 787

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (November 10) suspended all 787 Dreamliner flight testing activities pending the outcome of the investigation of the incident involving test aircraft ZA002. Boeing issued the following statement:

“During approach to Laredo, Texas, on November 9, 2010, airplane ZA002 lost primary electrical power as a result of an onboard electrical fire. Backup systems, including the deployment of the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), functioned as expected and allowed the crew to complete a safe landing. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Boeing.

The pilots executed a safe landing and at all times had positive control of the airplane and all of the information necessary to perform that safe landing.

Initial inspection appears to indicate that a power control panel in the aft electronics bay will need to be replaced on ZA002. We are inspecting the power panel and surrounding area near that panel to determine if other repairs will be necessary.

We have retrieved flight data from the airplane and are analyzing it in Seattle. This process will take several days. We are committed to finding the cause quickly but will not rush the technical team in its efforts.

The team was conducting monitoring of the Nitrogen Generation System at the time of the incident but there is no reason to suspect that the monitoring or earlier testing of that system had anything to do with the incident.

Consistent with our internal processes, until we better understand the cause of the incident on ZA002, we have decided to postpone flight test activities on other airplanes. Ground test activities will be conducted until flight test resumes.

Likewise, we cannot determine the impact of this event on the overall program schedule until we have worked our way through the data. Teams have been working through the night and will continue to work until analysis is complete and a path forward is determined.”

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Boeing 787-881 N787EX (ZA002) makes an emergency landing at Laredo with smoke in the cabin

Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) designated test aircraft ZA002 in ANA colors made an emergency landing at Laredo, TX yesterday (November 9).

The Dreamliner was on final approach to the Laredo on a fight from Yuma, AZ, when the crew reported smoke. The aircraft landed safely with 42 people on board. The passengers and crew exited the aircraft via the emergency chutes according to this Reuters report.

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Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi.

Boeing puts its sixth 787 Dreamliner into testing, but returns early

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N787ZA arrives at Boeing Field.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (October 4) added its sixth 787 Dreamliner to the flight test fleet. The airliner made its first flight from Paine Field in Everett, WA. The airplane, 787-8 N787ZA (msn 40695), disgnated as “ZA006″, is the second 787 equipped with General Electric GEnx engines.

Captains Christine Walsh and Bill Roberson were at the controls during the 1 hour and 4 minute flight. The airplane landed at Boeing Field at 12:45 p.m. (1245) (Pacific time).

In addition to achieving first flight of ZA006, the Boeing test team has completed a number of flight test milestones in recent weeks.

Boeing wrapped up a series of natural and artificial icing tests, meeting all requirements with no changes required. Pilots reported that the airplane continues to handle well even in the presence of ice.

Flight loads survey testing, which demonstrates the pressure distribution on the airplane structure throughout the phases of flight in a variety of configurations, also has been completed. The team conducted this testing on ZA004 primarily at the airport at Victorville, CA. Analysis of this testing continues.

A dramatic series of tests that stress the airplane’s brakes, called maximum brake energy testing, was completed in late September at Edwards Air Force Base, also in California. ZA001 conducted this testing as well as a series of extreme takeoff and landing conditions including minimum takeoff speed testing. Earlier in the month, ZA001 completed wet runway testing at Roswell, NM.

ZA003 flew to Glasgow, MT, to complete community noise testing. All results were within expectations.

As a result of these tests and others, all takeoff performance and handling characteristics testing is complete for the initial version of the 787. Additional testing will be required for 787s equipped with GE engines.

The 787 flight test program has logged more than 1,900 hours over 620 flights and completed more than 65 percent of the flight test conditions for 787s with Rolls-Royce engines.

Equally important to the testing required in the air is the ground testing required to certify a new airplane. Boeing has completed well over 4,000 hours of ground testing on the same airplanes that are in the flight test program.

In addition, fatigue testing has started at a test rig in Everett. Fifteen flights have been simulated. Federal regulations require Boeing to conduct twice as many flight cycles as any airplane in revenue service. Boeing plans to have completed 10,000 flight cycles prior to first delivery.

ANA changes 15 Dreamliner orders to 787-9s

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 conducts remote 787 testing

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 delays the first 787 delivery to ANA to mid first quarter 2011

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) said that it now expects delivery of the first 787 to ANA in the middle of the first quarter 2011.

The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall.

While Boeing works closely with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, flight testing across the test fleet continues as planned.

Boeing said last month that the cumulative impact of a series of issues, including supplier workmanship issues related to the horizontal stabilizer and instrumentation delays, could push first delivery of the 787 a few weeks into 2011. The delay in engine availability has extended that estimate to mid-first quarter 2011.

Meanwhile, due to the new delay, Kenya Airways is threatening to cancel its order for the new airplane.

Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) (test aircraft ZA002) arrives back at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after a test flight.

Boeing may take over more suppliers’ work

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).

Royal Jordanian Airlines orders three additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Royal Jordanian Airlines (Amman) has signed an order for three additional Boeing 787-8s at the Farnborough International Air Show. This order previously was attributed to an unidentified customer.

Royal Jordanian has now committed to 11 787-8s. The Middle East carrier placed its first orders for four 787s in 2007 and also has arranged to lease two airplanes each from CIT Aerospace and International Lease Finance Company (ILFC).

Royal Jordanian was the first airline in the Middle East to order the 787 Dreamliner. It will place the 787 on North American routes initially, including New York, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Farnborough

Copyright Photo: David Apps. N787BX also performed a nice fly-by at FAB before landing showing off its sleek lines.

Copyright Photo: James Mepsted.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) brought its 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) to the Farnborough Air Show today, arriving at 9:08 a.m (0908) local time.

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Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. N787BX is on UK ground at FAB on July 18.

Will the first 787 Dreamliner delivery to ANA be delayed to early 2011?

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.

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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 is bringing 787-8 N787BX (ZA003) to Farnborough

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) will make 787 Dreamliner international debut this month when the doors open on the Farnborough International Airshow outside of London.

The 787 flight-test airplane, ZA003 (N787BX), will touch down at Farnborough the morning of Sunday, July 18 and will remain on static display through mid-day July 20. The airplane will be open for tours on a scheduled basis July 19 and 20. Boeing is using ZA003 to test and certify seats, galleys and associated cabin safety and comfort systems, among other test points.

Boeing’s exhibit at the show will focus on unmanned systems, including the international debut of the recently unveiled Phantom Ray demonstrator, the A160 Hummingbird and the Unmanned Little Bird. The Boeing Unmanned Systems Display will showcase more than a dozen products, including the new Integrator and the ScanEagle Compressed Carriage.

During the show’s daily flying demonstration, Boeing will demonstrate the capabilities of its advanced, combat-proven, multi-role F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter. The company and its customers will display several other systems, including the air show debut of the 737-based Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control platform for the Turkish Air Force. Visitors also will see the C-17 Globemaster III military transport; the F-15E Eagle fighter jet; and the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. In addition, Qatar Airways will display its newest Boeing 777-300 ER July 19-22.

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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) is pictured on the runway at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).

Boeing to inspect its Dreamliners and the horizontal stabilizers

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) will inspect its test fleet of 787 Dreamliners for any faulty workmanship issues involving the horizontal stabilizers.

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Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Test aircraft 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) taxies at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).

Boeing reaches the midpoint of 787 testing, will bring the 787 to Farnborough

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has reached the halfway point of testing for the 787 Dreamliner and is happy with the results. The new type will be on display at the Farnborough Air Show next month.

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The new airliner also did well with a recent lightning strike while on a test flight.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) taxies at Everett (Paine Field) before the first flight.

Boeing completes 1,000 hours of 787 Dreamliner testing

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 to start flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner overseas in March

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:

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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).

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