The FAA granted Boeing the amended type certificate for the GE powered version of the 787-9 clearing the way for deliveries to begin later next week with the first aircraft going to United Airlines. That delivery should occur in the middle to late next week.
Boeing is slowly ramping up 787-9 production this year and is on track to deliver 10 to 12 this year though I'm in favor of the higher number. The airplanes that are coming off the production line still have to go through some change incorporation at the EMC but I believe this should start to tail off by the middle of the fourth quarter (November). 2015 might prove to be a big year for deliveries of the larger 787 model. I believe that Boeing can deliver around 50 to 55 787-9 which would be almost 50% of their 2015 deliveries. If they are able to accomplish that coupled with a successful drive to reduce production and assembly costs, then the 787-9 can be extremely profitable for Boeing in 2015.
It could also help if Boeing can convert more customers from the 787-8 to either the 787-9 and/or the 787-10. Already some airlines are getting out the 787-8 like Air Berlin which still has to confirm their conversion from the -8 to the -9. This can only help the overall profitability of the 787 program in the long run. Yesterday, Boeing showed a cancellation of 5 787s from it's weekly order report. Speculation immediately fell on Lion Air/Batik as the source as they have been talking about converting that order into 10 737s. There was also an unidentified order for 10 737s posted along with the cancellation thus Lion Air does seem to be the logical choice.
Thus far in August, Boeing has delivered 8 787s but I do expect 5 more to be delivered in the next 9 days. I'll give a fuller report at the end of the month along with a preview of September's deliveries around Labor Day.
787 Full Production Table