Friday, April 23, 2010

News from around the 787 world

As the weekend approaches I'm finding out that ZA115 (LN 22) will start final assembly on Monday, April 26th. In advance of that ZA150 (LN 17) the first 787 for Royal Air Maroc was pulled out of the paint hangar and is now on the Everett Flightline at spot 102. I'm hoping to get some pictures soon. It will be the first 787 painted in a livery other than ANA.

There will be a line move presumably this weekend with ZA108 (LN 18) going to the paint hangar to be painted in the livery of ANA and thus making room for the airline's next airplane (ZA115).

In flight test news, I'm hearing that ZA002 should return to the air in about one week and ZA001 should be flying in about 2 weeks. ZA004 is doing some ground tests and should fly tonight or tomorrow.

UPDATE!! The Seattle PI has a great picture (with more to come) of the first 787 painted for Royal Air Maroc. Special thanks to Aubrey Cohen and the Seattle PI for the shout out!

Seattle PI: First Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc out in Everett

Matt Cawby has a great picture of the RAM 787 on the ramp at Everett. Click HERE for the pic.

Liz Matzelle posted some wonderful pictures from Paine Field this afternoon Check it out HERE

Current 787 Production and Disposition Tracker

5 comments:

A380 said...

So when is LN 010, 1st for LAN going to get painted?

Peter

Uresh said...

My guess is probably soon after it's fitted with it engines and interior. I'm guessing but I think the decision was made to leave it white until Boeing, ANA and LAN had finalized the agreement to swap delivery positions.

Uresh said...

My guess is probably soon after it's fitted with it engines and interior. I'm guessing but I think the decision was made to leave it white until Boeing, ANA and LAN had finalized the agreement to swap delivery positions.

johnv777 said...

Regarding the painting of LN10 for LAN, would they not want to wait till the SOB Mods are completed ?

Uresh said...

Not necessarily. Boeing can do the SoB mods on already painted aircraft (like LN 7 and LN 8). I suspect that LAN did not want the airplanes painted just yet for unknown reasons.