Sunday, October 3, 2010

787s move around Paine and ZA006 first flight on 10/4

Boeing repositioned a few 787s around Paine Field this past weekend with two RAM and one JAL 787 moved to a new parking site known as Kilo North. There are still a couple of 787s stored in front of Boeing main assembly building as well including a JAL 787 and one for LAN. Of the 10 787s built for ANA three are in the Hangar being readied for delivery ZA100, ZA101 ad ZA102) while 6 more are out on the flightline and one more on the flightline tent getting its side of body modifications done.
Matt Cawby got some great photographic documentation on these moves that occured yesterday:

Matt Cawby's Oct. 2 Blog Post

There should be a line move tomorrow where the 11th 787 for ANA (ZA116) and the 28th 787 (ZA232) will be moved into position on the final assembly line at Everett. Boeing is resuming final assembly after a pause to allow suppliers to catch up and to put the supply chain in a position to meet the production ramp up that is to occur around this time. Boeing hopes to be putting out a little less than 3 787s a month starting with ZA232.

Even more important is tomorrow, the final test 787, ZA006, will have its first flight. No flight time has been mentioned but in the past Boeing has flown the 787 on its first flight at around 10AM PST (1PM EST). The aircraft will be flown to Boeing Field where it will conduct a few days of ground tests before resuming flight testing. I hope to have more on ZA006s first flight tomorrow.

3 comments:

dannyboy said...

Why has the same 13 hour 25 minute flight on October 22nd by plane 004 been posted twice?

dannyboy said...

Why has the same 13 hour 25 minute flight on October 22nd by plane 004 been posted twice?

Uresh said...

Boeing may have accidently counted twice. I'm waiting for clarification.