Sunday, March 1, 2015

787 Month End Review - February 2015

The 787 program ended the second month of 2015 in strong fashion as Boeing delivered 12 787's to customers.

February makes to first time this year where deliveries exceeded the number of 787s rolled out of Boeing's assembly halls in North Charleston and Everett.

The 787 efficiency ratio (as measured by taking the 787 deliveries divided by 787 rollout) was 0.83.  This number was driven by Everett delivering 9 787's (including 1 787 built in Everett but delivered from Charleston) while rolling out 7 from both the main line and the surge line. Everett had an efficiency of 0.78 while North Charleston delivered 3 aircraft and rolled out 3.

Boeing has now delivered 247 787s since program deliveries started in September, 2011. Thus far in 2015 Boeing has delivered 19 including 6 787-9 and 13 787-8.  What is more interesting is that Boeing has delivered almost 50% of the contracted 787-8 firm orders through this month.

As I mentioned in previous posts, Boeing is looking to try and deliver more than 135 787s this year but they would need to deliver at a rate of 11.5 787s per month.  January was not a good month for deliveries and they were on target in February which means they would have to attempt to deliver around 15 to 16 jets in March.  This is a pretty tall order but if that is a goal then Boeing needs to increase the tempo of pre-delivery ground and flight testing.

787 Full Production Table
787 Build Location By Operator 
787 Build Location By Customer


Christopher Kemp said...

Hi Uresh. Any thoughts as to what ZA819 is doing in Victorville? IFE install?

Rene Rosales said...

It seems to me that the key race now for Boeing is to swing the delivery rate / backlog back in its favor (i.e. below the A350 backlog or get close enough to it with the currently-higher delivery tempo (than the A350’s) that 787 delivery slots are available sooner than A350 slots, opening the doors for more big sales and helping ultimately decide market share. Can Boeing reach that point again before both airframers get through the majority of their backlogs? I don’t want to see Boeing lose another opportunity like the Delta order if possible. And furthermore, how does a company like Boeing strike a balance in achieving this goal without going to overcapacity? ( like what happened in the 1990’s and what people are fearing is about to happen again.)

Vab Andleigh said...

Here's an interesting article talking about some improvements Boeing is making to the existing B777-300ER for 2016, some of which are based on technologies developed for 787, further improving the bang-for-the-buck on the $25B investment in 787

E.g., fuselage crown, flap faring, elevator trim bias, LED lighting, 787-style entrway, exterior window flushness, electronic window shades