So you know how I said that I thought Boeing can deliver 10 to 12 787s last month...boy I didn't even come close. Instead they delivered an anemic 5 aircraft last month despite all the activity with many of the aircraft that are still parked in Everett and Charleston. Boeing has maintained that they will deliver more than 60 787s this year an though the expectations was for a number closer to 68 tor 69 Boeing will still claim that they will have hit their target if all they deliver is 61 in 2013. They would have met their guidance though I think it would have been a disappointment.
That said, I still do believe they can deliver 64 airplanes this year. Thus far, Boeing has delivered 56 aircraft including 2 in December. They have the potential to deliver 8 more aircraft even though they can deliver just 5 more and meet their guidance.
Lately Boeing has been running a few test flights on two frames built in Charleston: ZA386 (LN 104, B-2737) for China Southern Airlines and ZA187 (LN 125, JA833J) for Japan Airlines. I believe that these are final customer flights meant to wring out any further squawks that customer reps have found. These airplanes should deliver soon but along with those I do expect further deliveries to Hainan, QANTAS (Jetstar) and the first 787 business jet to the UAE Presidential Flight.
Here's my list of expected 787 deliveries in December:
China Southern - 2 aircraft - ZA386 and ZA381
Hainan Airlines - 2 aircraft - ZA432 and ZA435
Japan Airlines - 1 aircraft - ZA187
QANTAS (Jetstar) - 2 aircraft - ZA216 and ZA217
UAE Presidential Flight (leased from ILFC) - 1 aircraft - ZA560
787-9 seems to be making fairly good progress and the flight test program is slowly coming up on three full months of flight testing. It is expected that the flight test/certification program will continue for another 3 to 4 months and first delivery to Air New Zealand should occur around July 2014. The first production 787-9 (ZB197) was rolled out of 40-26 on November 20th and placed inside the Everett Modification Center (EMC). This aircraft will deliver to ANA probably later in the summer. The second production aircraft and the first to deliver to the launch customer is ZB003 is still a couple months away from starting final assembly but both these airplanes will be used for F & R (functionality and reliability) testing as well as other FAA mandated tests which needs to be completed on a production standard aircraft. The three flight test aircraft will be refurbished with 2 going to Air New Zealand and the 3rd (GE-powered) 787-9 flight test aircraft is rumored to be going to Japan Airlines.
Lastly, two 787 that were most recently rolled out the final assembly building in Everett were taken not to the flightline but to the EMC. There was confusion related to this and many speculated that it is due to some "issues" that the 787 might be experiencing though nothing has come up that would warrant that kind of speculation. The two aircraft are ZA586 which is another ILFC leased business jet and ZB197, the aforementioned 787-9 for ANA that will be used for testing. First ZA586 is probably there to get some specialized work down related to its cabin installation after delivery. Nothing unusual there. ZB197 is not needed for another couple months and will probably have some minimal flight test equipment installed. Either way I don't think it's a sign of anything amiss in the 787 program.
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