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Boeing donates 787-8 ZA002 (N787EX) to the Pima Air and Space Museum

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has agreed to the permanent display of one of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes at the Pima Air and Space Museum.

This particular 787, test designated as ZA002 and registered as N787EX (msn 40691), is the second Boeing 787-8 to be produced. The airplane flew for the first time on December 22, 2009, joining what would become a six-airplane flight test and certification program for the 787-8. The primary focus of ZA002 was testing systems performance.

Interestingly Boeing registered N787EX with the FAA as a “787-83Q” but later decided to drop all Boeing customer codes in the designation (for the first time) and elected to designate all Dreamliners as 787-8s, 787-9s etc.

Coinciding with the 787 induction, the Pima Air and Space Museum also unveiled its new ‘Women in Flight’ exhibit, commemorating the achievements of female aviators over the past century.

ZA002 is the second of three flight test 787-8s Boeing plans to share with communities and future generations of employees and airplane enthusiasts.

The Pima Air and Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. The museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Although N787EX was painted in full ANA colors it was never delivered to launch customer ANA due to being an early model. Delivery aircraft incorporated changes Boeing made as a result of the testing.

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Reuters: ANA to conduct up to 200 Boeing 787 test flights

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) according to this report by Reuters is planning to conduct from 100 to 200 test roundtrip flights in May after corrections are made to the battery system before the Boeing 787 is returned to revenue service in June.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.  The pictured Boeing 787-8 N787EX (msn 34488) was the first to wear ANA colors.

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ANA adjusts the number of Boeing 787-9 aircraft on order

ANA (All Nippon Airways) has adjusted the number of Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners on order. The four 787-8s that were due to be delivered in fiscal year 2013 and onwards will now be replaced by four 787-9 aircraft. This will give ANA greater flexibility as it expands its international route network.

The total number of Dreamliners on order remains at 55 but now the order will be split at 36 787-8 and 19 787-9 aircraft. ANA has taken delivery of seven 787-8 Dreamliners. The new type has been assigned to domestic routes and also on the Tokyo (Haneda)-Frankfurt route. The carrier plans to launch new 787 service from Tokyo to both Seattle/Tacoma and San Jose, California in the current fiscal year.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa.

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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 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.

ANA and Honeywell sign a new agreement, seeks partners for a new LCC

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.

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.