Tuesday, May 4, 2010

787 Happenings

Boeing and the FAA continues on the certification flight test path with the test flight fleet accumulating just under 575 flight hours. Interestingly, flights that occurred yesterday were not posted on Flightaware for some reason and flight notifications are not being sent from Flightaware for any 787 flight.

Next week one 787 is going to fly to Colorado Springs Airport for more flight testing around May 11th. I surmise that this trip to Colorado might be for high altitude flight testing. ZA001 should return to flight test today or tomorrow and ZA002 will be flying towards the end of this week. ZA005 is still scheduled to make its first flight towards the end of May while ZA006 will follow by mid June.

Lastly, I have been keeping track of the 787 production and I found out that 4 of 5 787s for LN 26 to LN 30 will be going to Air India. LN 25 (ZA230), LN 26 (ZA231), and LN 28 (ZA232) to LN 30 (ZA234) will be for Air India. LN 27 (ZA178) will be a Japan Airlines bird. I expect that these airplanes will be in final assembly this fall.

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skywalker said...
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Uresh said...

See above...

skywalker said...

Thanks!

johnv777 said...

Uresh -
Although I don't recall exact dates, it seems that the 3 A/C that are undergoing SOBs have been in that process for a long time, and the 2 A/C in reassembly post SOB have also been in that status for a long time ( maybe 2 months ?) Do you have data on how long the SOBs take, and how long the reassembly post SOB should take.
Thank you

JohnV

Macius said...

What about LOT? When they are going to get their first 787? They were launch clients too... right?

Uresh said...

In terms of LOT they are to start receiving them in 2012. Just because they were one of the first ones to order the airplane does not necessarily mean they'll be one of the first to receive it. It all depends on when they wanted to receive them per the contract they signed with Boeing.

As far as the 3 airplanes undergoing the SoB mods. It takes about 3 months from start to finish. I know that the thre I have listed there are still in the same locations though I'll check to see what they're status is.

Uresh said...

For what it is worth. ZA100 and ZA 101 (LN 7 and LN 8) will be inside the ATS hangar until late June after which they will be relocated to the flightline for some ground testing.