In the past one week there has been an increase in 787 flight test activity mostly out of Everett but some activity out of Charleston as well. In the period from July 31 to August 7 inclusive, Boeing has conducted the first flights of 7 production 787s (B-1 flights). There were a number of follow on Boeing and customer flights on several other 787s including ferrying 787s to be painted in Ft. Worth.
Of interest, it appears that Boeing is preparing several airframes for delivery to Chinese and Indian carriers. Of the 30 787s that is finished with assembly activities, 14 are for Air India, China Southern and Hainan. It looks like Boeing can possibly deliver as many as three 787s each to Hainan and China Southern and at least 1 (probably 2) to Air India. One aircraft for Air India, ZA242 (LN 90, VT-ANN) has already flown at least 4 customer flights in addition to 5 Boeing test flights).
Boeing Charleston has been also very slow to deliver their 787s. There are currently 7 airframes on the flightline there plus one more in Ft. Worth being painted but the last delivery from Charleston occurred over a month ago on July 4th. It doesn't help that most of the 787s (6 out of 8) are waiting to be delivered to the aforementioned problem child airlines (China Southern, Hainan, and Air India).
Boeing does seem to be on track to deliver a significant number of 787s this month if they continue this pace and their customers are ready to accept them into their fleets. The lack of any significant media attention over the past 1 to 2 weeks has probably calmed nerves and lessened anxiety amongst customers. I'm still standing by my previous guidance of 1 to 13 this month but their is certainly a better probability now (compared to a week ago) that this number could be exceeded. Boeing should undertake several more first flights in the days ahead (3 more) where these airplanes should be ready to deliver by the end of the month. If I count in the Chinese carriers. the number could be as high as 17 to 19.
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