For the last few days Boeing has been trying to fly two 787s on their first (B-1) flights. The weather in the Pacific Northwest has been an issue but the flight test team caught a break today and were able to send up two planes today along with a third 787 making its C-2 (customer acceptance) flight.
Both ZA511 (LN 63, JA816A) for ANA and ZA382 (LN 43, B-2727) for China Southern made their B-1 flights today as Boeing attempts to deliver them by month end. Additionally ZA264 (LN 75, ET-AOS) made its second customer (C-2) flight today. It is hoped that this airplane should deliver late next week. It is also hoped that Boeing will be able to deliver ZA238 (LN 54, VT-ANJ) to Air India. This airplane also needs to fly customer flights but should be able to do so during the coming week if the schedule delivery is to take place in about 10 days of so. Boeing isn't scheduled to deliver another 787 from Charleston until November so they have time to conduct B-1 on the next 787 built there (ZA239, LN 60, VT-ANK for Air India), I suspect a B-1 flight of this airplane around the end of the month. Another 787 that is expected to be delivered is LAN's 2nd 787. That airplane is scheduled for an Oct. 18th delivery but has made only one test flight. Boeing will need to do a couple more flight as well as LAN customer flights in the next 6 days. This one may actually slide into the following week.