It's looking like Boeing is setting to fly the first Charleston built 787 this Friday. Randy Neville, a Boeing 787 test pilot fresh from the 787 World Tour flew ZA003 from St. Louis today then left for Charleston in order to take ZA237 (LN46) on its first flight scheduled for May 18th. Randy was on ZA001 when it went up on its first flight on Dec. 15, 2009. Now he's tasked with taking this very special 787 into the South Carolina skies. This airplane should deliver in mid to late June.
Currently Boeing is conducting tests on ZA506 (LN47) which is destined for ANA. However current information is that this airplane and ZA507 (LN48) will not deliver this month and is more likely to deliver in June. This means that only ZA233 (LN29, VT-AND) will deliver this month to Air India.
Meanwhile Boeing had its Investors Day conference today. There was no new information out of today's conference though it seems that Boeing is now studying a 787 production rate greater than 10. They're still planning for a rate increase this fall to 5/month.