Boeing started out the day by delivering 2 787s, one to ILFC for Aeromexico (ZA561) and one to Thomson (ZA320)). The 787 for Air India (ZA242) which I reported as delivered yesterday will actually be delivered on Monday August 19 and flown to India on August 20th. To date Boeing has delivered (not counting the Air India jet) 76 with 3 coming this month so far.
there were quite few test runs today with two aircraft performing both Boeing and customer test flights on the same day. This indicates that Boeing is trying to fast track the aircraft for delivery later this month (perhaps next week). ZA577 (for ILFC/Norwegian), ZA122 (ANA) and ZA383 (China Southern) all flew today with the later two doing customer flights. ZA452 (British Airways) was to conduct a re-run of its aborted B-1 flight but the pilots apparently could not start one of the engines...not good.
ZA452 G-ZBJC flite delayed unable to start one engine
— Paine Airport (@mattcawby) August 16, 2013
I guess they'll try again tomorrow. Boeing is aiming for a significant number of deliveries, it seems, from Everett. Here are the delivereis that I think will be made over the next 2 weeks:
Japan Airlines : ZA186
ANA: ZA121, ZA122
China Southern: ZA383
Air India: ZA242
British Airways: ZA452
It is possible, if Charleston is able to, to have a couple more deliveries:
Qatar Airways: ZA467
Totally, Boeing has the ability to deliver 12 total this month but some of this depends on what shows up during the customer flights and if Charleston will able to start to deliver aircraft. Through all the 787 activity of the past few weeks, very little has come out of Charleston. Indeed, of the 9 787s that are complete (including one that is in Ft. Worth being painted) none of these airplanes have had a customer flight in preparation for delivery. The silence from Charleston has been deafening but it may not be entirely there fault. They are saddled with 6 787s that are to be delivered to three problem child airlines (Air India, China Southern and Hainan Airlines). The coming week should reveal more in terms of activity at Charleston.
Lastly, I've updated the tables with the most current information that I have available including the load dates for ZA321 (September 3) and ZB021 (August 21). Interestingly, Boeing is increasing he number of days between airframes in 40-26. The time between loading ZA216 for Jetstar and ZA650 is 12 days. The number of days between ZA650 and ZA321 is 15 days (including one day for the US Labor Day holiday). I suspect when Boeing get the inventory down at Everett and Charleston we should see a return to the days where Boeing was loading a 787 every 5.5 days at Everett. Don't even ask me about Charleston.
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