Given we're at month end I think there is a little bit more clarity to the delivery schedule for the rest of this month. So far in October Boeing has delivered 6 787 including 4 from Charleston. Boeing, I believe, can deliver another 6 to 8 aircraft as follows:
ZA175 (LN 20, JA821J) to Japan Airlines
ZA235 (LN 32, VT-ANG) to Air India
ZA381 (LN 36, B-2726) to China Southern Airlines
ZA434 (LN 85, B-2730) to Hainan Airlines
ZA386 (LN 104, B-2737) to China Southern Airlines
ZA562 (LN 122, N964AM) to ILFC/Aeromexico*
ZA563 (LN 127, N965AM) to ILFC/Aeromexico*
ZA446 (LN 130, V8-DLB) to Royal Brunei Airlines
* Dependent on US Govt. shutdown
While it looks good that the US government may reopen as early as tomorrow this could help with the deliveries to US-based buyers like ILFC. ZA562's deliver, it seems, has been delayed as the FAA's registration office in Wichita, KS has remained closed because of the budget debacle.
While Boeing has been pretty aggressive with conducting production flights for the first half of the month, things seems to have quieted down in the last couple of days indicating that Boeing may be making taking some corrective action on the airplanes that they have flown before conducting customer acceptance flights or are preparing for those customer flights which would get underway shortly. Additionally, Boeing is preparing to fly the second 787-9 (ZB002, LN 133, N789FT) within the next week though no date has been given. So far the 787-9 test program has accumulated just under 94 flight test hours.
Looking ahead, it seems that Boeing might be gearing up to increase 787 output per their plan. 10/month by the end of the year is still their goal and they seem to be on the verge of achieving it. Sources have told me that LN 158 will be the first airframe that will be produced at 10/month. This aircraft is slated to be built in Charleston. Boeing appears to be loading a 787 frame into position 1 every 14 to 16 days. Extrapolated this would mean that ZA244 (LN 158, VT-ANP) should load (and Boeing would start producing 10/month) around December 8th. Boeing is quickening the production rate which did slow down due to the 787-9 flight test aircraft assembly.
Lastly, with the government shutdown seemingly coming to an end, I'd like to leave you all with this:
So... the good news is that you're getting the government back, and the bad news is that you're getting THAT government back.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) October 16, 2013
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