Ok so last post I figured that Boeing will not deliver more than 4 787s in March. Well I'm having a crow dinner as Boeing has delivered 5 this month and looks to possibly deliver 4 to 5 more before the end of the month.
Last week Boeing did deliver three 787s to customers (one for Japan Airlines, one for Qatar, and one for United Airlines). Now it's looking like Boeing can deliver one to Qatar this week as well as two for ILFC (for Norwegian and Aeromexico), Royal Brunei and possibly Kenya Airways. The later is to fly to Nairobi around April 4th but it may deliver a few days before that and fly away on April 3rd.
It does appear that Boeing flight activities are picking up, possibly to verify any wing fixes on the aircraft that needed them. I do believe that the airplanes are still going to the EMC to finish off travel work but also to conduct the wing inspections and implement the fix if needed.
Meanwhile the ramp in Everett continues to get crowded while the Charleston ramp is starting to see an easing of congestion. Of the 5 787s delivered this month, 3 were Charleston built 787 and 2 were built in Everett. One aircraft that was built in Everett, ZA230 (LN 25, VT-ANA) for Air India was delivered at Charleston even though it was built in Everett.
Boeing did deliver LN 152, on the 787s that was within the batch with suspected wing issues. It appears that this aircraft was cleared of the issues after the inspection and was subsequently delivered to Japan Airlines.
In terms of production, It appears that Boeing is continuing on rolling out 10 787s per month. LN 190 should be the last 787 to enter final assembly this month. Lastly, I do anticipate that ZB197 (LN 146, JA830A) should make its first flight sometime in April and join the 787-9 test flight fleet. This will be a production standard aircraft with little to no flight test wiring/equipment.
As far as April 787 deliveries goes...it's too soon to tell. We would need to see more B-1 flights and there hasn't been one of those since March 10th...2 weeks ago.
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