Boeing is conducting an aggressive effort to deliver a large number of 787s this month. Even before mid month Boeing has delivered 5 787s many of these a spillover from September when they were expected to be delivered. Through today, October 11th, 2013, Boeing has delivered 94 Dreamliners and will more than likely deliver it 100th 787 later this month. Right now it's way to early to speculate to whom the 100 delivered 787 will go to as it depends on the progress of production flights.
Undeniably Boeing has been making a big push to deliver as many 787s as possible. Today, alone there were 4 test flights including 2 B-1 flight. A third was scheduled but didn't fly. There are 3 Dreamliners that appear to be ready for delivery including the 6th for China Southern and the 2nd for Aeromexico. One factor that can hinder deliveries, at least to US owners, is the continuing government shutdown. While Boeing has the FAA inspectors back on the job at Charleston, the FAA still does not have its employees back in the office that process the aircraft registration and title transfers. Boeing said that they can be mailed in but there still may be some delays due to the shutdown. Deliveries to ILFC and United can be affected as well as to US based BBJ customers, for one of whom there is an aircraft about to start assembly. Given the progression here's how I see the remainder of October shaking out in terms of 787 deliveries:
China Southern - 2 (1 each from Charleston and Everett)
Japan Airlines - 1 (from Everett)
Hainan Airlines - 1 (from Charleston)
Qatar Airways - 1 (from Charleston)
ILFC/Aeromexico - 2 (from Everett, dependent on government shutdown)
Royal Brunei Airlines - 1 (from Everett)
United Airlines - 1 (from Charleston, dependent on government shutdown)
Other deliveries that may take place this month:
Air India (from Everett)
Japan Airlines (from Charleston)
Deliveries from Charleston have resumed after almost 3 months which is very good news. Between September 30th and Oct. 9th, the Charleston facility delivered 4 787s and can deliver anywhere from 3 to 5 more this month which will help tremendously with the inventory there. What will be interesting to see is whether Boeing can bring down the number of production test flights required for the Charleston built 787s. The aircraft that were delivered recently needed many more flights than the ones built at Everett but this is probably attributable to Charleston still trying to ramp up the learning curve. As time goes on the build quality should improve. Everett wen through the same thing with some of the early delivered 787s.
Lastly the second 787-9 is getting close to making its first flight and joining its sister-ship at Boeing Field for test and certification activities. ZB002 (LN 133, N789FT) was just moved from the fuel dock at Everett to a stall space on the flightline. It should fly by Oct. 24th if it encounters no issues on pre-flight ground testing that should commence shortly. To put the schedule in perspective. It took ZB001 (LN 126, N787EX) 24 days from roll out to first flight. ZB002 rolled out on September 30th and applying the same metric to this aircraft should give a first flight date of around Oct. 24th. I do expect it to fly earlier than that as Boeing has improved knowledge from the ZB001's pre-flight. Again this all assumes that ZB002 doesn't have any issues in the run up to first flight. Another interesting stat is that ZB001 took 86 days in final assembly including painting and installation of test equipment. ZA002 improved that number by 6 days to a total of 80 days in final assembly. Boeing should be able to apply lessons learned from the first aircraft to get the 2nd aircraft up sooner. We'll know by the 24th.
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