Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Photo by MoonM
Boeing now has delivered a 787 to its third customer, Ethiopian Airlines. ZA262 (LN 49, ET-AOQ) was officially handed over to the airline yesterday and flew away to Washington Dulles International Airport early this morning. This is good news for Boeing as it not only frees up another spot on the flightline but should kick off a large number of deliveries over the next couple of months. It is rumored that Air India is to take the next 787, ZA 236 (LN 35, VT-ANH) on Friday and flyaway on Saturday to New Delhi. Air India is expected to take the three service ready 787s over a two week period starting on Aug. 17. What should follow is a gaggle of deliveries to Qatar Airways, LAN as well as to current operators ANA and JA during the month of August.
Since yesterday more airplanes have actually shown up on the flightline at Everett including China Southern's first 787, ZA382 (LN 43, B-2727) and another for JAL, ZA178 (LN 27, JA824J) both of which are at the fuel dock. The flightline is getting ever more crowded with completed 787s that are ready for pre-flight or are currently in pre-delivery test flights. Boeing continues to work down the accumulated 787 inventory with a couple more 787s entering change incorporation including those for Qatar and ANA.
I do anticipate that by the end of September, Boeing would have delivered a total of 27 - 30 787s since deliveries began almost a year ago. This will include anywhere from 8 to 10 in August and about 7 more in September. This includes deliveries to Air India.
September should see deliveries to Qatar, Air India, ANA, JAL, United and China Southern. The 787 Production and Disposition Table has been updated as of August 15, 2012.