Friday, May 23, 2014

787 Production Update - May 2014

Boeing is progressing well to deliver 10 787s this month.  Today (May 23rd), Boeing delivered Air India's 14th Dreamliner, moving them more than half way to completing the carriers 27 aircraft order.  This is also probably one of the last early build airplanes that will be delivered for a few months (ZA232, LN 28, VT-ANC). They have delivered 5 787s thus far in May.

Rumor has it that Boeing will be looking to deliver anywhere from 2 to 4 more early build 787s including one to Korean Air.  Late last year, Korean Air placed an order for a single 787-8, which is unusual as they have an order for 10 787-9.  This order was for a single early build 787-8.  Why they bought only one is still a mystery given their extensive route network.  It is entirely possible that this aircraft will be solely used on Korean's domestic network.

For the rest of month, Boeing should be able to deliver 5 more this month. I had previously mentioned that ANA should get one delivered this month but now it will be delivered in June. This will also include the first 787-9 delivered to Air New Zealand on June 30th.

Boeing should deliver to Air India, Ethiopian, British Airways, Norwegian (ILFC), and Hainan.  Next month should see the same number of deliveries as this month.  It appears that Boeing will be looking to try to deliver more than the 110 787s that they have stated in their guidance.the number could be closer 120 but it will all depend on production execution.  Additionally 12 of these aircraft should be 787-9.

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Current 787 Production List

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787 Monthly Delivery Tracking

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787-9 Flight Test Hours

Current 787 Operators

Projected 2014 787 Deliveries



 






21 comments:

Piotrek_ said...

It looks like LN146 ZB197 JA830A is now undergoing re-work after completing test flights.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sabian404/14261897455/

" Russell Hill I believe it was the B789 they've been using for test flights. N1792B."

davidjay said...

I see the new status on LN6.

Frankly, I am surprised that more early-build and terrible-teen aircraft haven't been repurposed for BBJ and executive applications. What's a few thousand pounds of empty weight when you can fill the tanks and fill the cabin of an executive aircraft? What's a percent or two of fuel burn for an executive aircraft that flies a few hundred hours a year?

TravelingMan said...

It is heartening that no accidents with the Dreamliner batteries have occurred since the two that led to last year's fleet grounding. Nonetheless the batteries are still under scrutiny:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/28/ntsb-doesn-t-think-the-boeing-787-dreamliner-is-safe-enough-to-fly.html

TurtleLuv said...

Why are lines 195 and 197 at the EMC? I thought line 193 was the last with the wing issue that would need post roll out work.

1coolguy1 said...

B flights are typically down to under 5 now with some at just 2.
Anyone know how many B flights there are for 737's? 777's?

John Simms said...

At this time is there any measureable data out there with regard to dispatch rates of Everett vs. Charleston planes in service?

Uresh said...

I don't have that data. You can try to cross reference the data that I have with any known dispatch of particular aircraft by registration or serial number though I don't know where you can get dispatch rates for particular aircraft.

John Simms said...

Thanks. I was just having a thought that it would be something Boeing would be tracking that you might have access to. I appreciate your reply.

Randy Austin said...

Over the years probably 2.5+/- for 777 and 3.5+/- on 737.

TravelingMan said...

I would imagine Boeing is watching with interest the development of the Dual Carbon Battery technology. I know Tesla motors is. If it proves true, it very well could solve their issues with the Dreamliner.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1092056_dual-carbon-battery-same-energy-density-safer-longer-life-than-lithium-ion-says-power-japan-plus

TurtleLuv said...

It doesn't look like VT-ANC ended up delivering yet. It looks like only 7 deliveries for May.

1coolguy1 said...

Randy - Thank you on your reply.
Anyone know why, after 13 flights, Hainan hasn't yet delivered?

Uresh said...

It's been doing certification test flights.

grahamj said...

787-9 ZK-NZE is flying. But your spreadsheet shows production testing. Is this one going straight to delivery (once the type approval comes in), or is something else going on?

Uresh said...

Delivery at the end ofthis month at the earliest. It's going through production testing.

Piotrek_ said...

Uresh, any idea why they restarted re-work on LN22 before LN5? Maybe new customer from current orders like Korean Air?

1coolguy1 said...

Interesting numbers:
19 in pre-flight
5 in ready for delivery
6 in testing
30 total. So the deliveries in June and July may easily pass the 10 per month / 20 total figure Boeing is trying to hit.
I also note there were 12 planes loaded in April and 11 in May, so they may be at 11 or 12 deliveries monthly by the year end.
With the above figures, it appears they are very much getting their production issues squared away and the bottle neck may be the ability of the test flight crews to keep up!
Of course within a few months it appears they will need fewer test flights per plane, so with a 3-4 average by year end, it really appear as though 12 per month is definitely achievable.
What is the official word on where they want to be, delivery-wise, in December?

1coolguy1 said...

Thanks Uresh

Basil said...

It looks good that the Total days to construct the 787 is coming down on regular basis. Whats the "aim" for total build time?

Vaibhav Andleigh said...

Somebody a few weeks back was asking what exactly TUI Travel was and what they were doing with their 15 787's (6 delivered).... this article explains their intentions pretty well:

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140605/PC05/140609591/1010/dutch-carrier-arke-adds-boeing-787-dreamliner-to-its-fleet

Geoff said...

Boeing needs a FAA waiver on the 787-9 to get it airborne.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-seeks-faa-waivers-to-deliver-first-787-9-in-june-400273/