Wednesday, May 22, 2013

China to issue 787 airworthiness certificate early next week

UPDATE: CAAC, the Chinese aviation regulator has approved the 787 for use by the country's airlines today (5/23/13). China Southern shortly followed by Hainan should be taking delivery next week. Pilots from both carriers should be conducting customer test flights within the next few days, perhaps as early as today.

Thanks to our blog readers CX880 and Weijie Deng, a firmer picture now has emerged regarding the start of 787 deliveries to Chinese carriers. A team from China Southern Airlines is in Seattle to conduct customer flight(s) and to complete paperwork needed for delivery and payments. China's aviation regulators are expected to give its approval for its carriers to operate the 787 on May 27th and China Southern is expected to formally take delivery on May 28th. I expect China Southern to take delivery of 8 787s this year.  The first one to be delivered will be ZA380 (LN 34, B-2725).

Hainan can also take delivery of up to 2 787s this month from Boeing's Charleston facility. Both ZA431 (LN 76, B-2722) and ZA433 (LN 81, B-2723) are painted and have completed Boeing test flights and await us timer inspection and test flights. It is unclear if Hainan will take both this month or one but it does appear at the least that the deliveries will be closely spaced to one another. I expect Hainan to take delivery of 6 787s this year.

12 comments:

Ron said...

Boring? I think you mean Boeing.

Uresh said...

Damn auto correct

Rob said...

Uresh, congratulations!!!! 4,000,000 page views. Thats alot of people check this blog out over the years. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Uresh said...

Thanks! I didn't even notice!

Andrew Boydston said...

I notice, like my morning coffee fix. Thanks Uresh for making usall smarter with your blog.

Weijie Deng said...

Newest update - according to the Weibo micro blog update of Marc Allen, President of Boeing China, CAAC has approved the VTC airworthiness certificate of the 787.

CX880 said...

This justcame from the President of Boeing-China's Weibo (Chinese local version of Facebook) :- "CAAC has approved the Validation of Type Certification (VTC) for the 787 Dreamliner. That means the 787 will be here to China soon. very soon. Sweet landings ahead." However the question remains that CZ still has not done any C-flights and they are to take delivery of ZA380 on Tue?

Uresh said...

Correct, no customer flights yet for either China Southern or Hainan.

Fedupjohn said...

Uresh,

Any indication of which line# the battery modifications will be no longer be travel work on the FAL?

John

WASHBI JOHNSON said...

HU probably will take delivery around June 20th according to their people

WASHBI JOHNSON said...

Hainan probably will take delivery around June 20th according to Hainan Staff

Andrew Munsell said...

ANA's fleet has completed their battery modifications:
https://secure.ana-g.com/anacom/cgi-bin/787/pdf/repair_e.pdf

And no issues so far:
https://secure.ana-g.com/anacom/cgi-bin/787/pdf/service_e.pdf

-Andrew