Sunday, February 18, 2018

787 February 2018 Mid Month Report

Boeing is well on track to deliver around 10 to 12 787s in February.  Thsu far, Boeing has delivered 8 787-9s to customers including the last 2 787-9s on United Airlines' order of 25.  United now has the 14 787-10 left on their large 787 order left to be delivered. Air Canada also had its 25th 787-9 delivered (out of an order for 29) during the last couple of weeks.  Thus far Boeing has delivered 16 787s (all -9s).

One thing to note is that Xiamen Airlines apparently did not take delivery of its 5th 787-9 and is still at Charleston which engine covers still on but parked at the delivery center.  Their 6th and last 787-9 is still on Charleston flightline awaiting its first flight.  Hopefully I'll have a little more information as to the delivery delay and when it should finally deliver.

Boeing is also readying the first 787-10 for delivery around March 14th.  ZC004 (LN 656, 9V-SCA) has taken several flight tests, presumably to test not just the aircraft but the customer furnished equipment that Singapore has wanted installed in their -10s.  I expect that there will be a few filight tests since this is the 1st 787-10 being delivered and this is Singapore's first  direct 787 delivery (not counting Scoot, of course).

Production is moving at the typical pace with 7 Dreamliners rolled out and another 6 which have started final assembly.  Over the next few months we should see more 787-10s rolling out of Charleston all destined for Singapore followed by a short pause and then the GE powered -10s for Etihad and United should start to follow.  Speaking of the production of the -10, Boeing got approval from the FAA on the -10 production at Charleston in the form of the 787-10 production certificate.   This means that the production system and the support for production has met all FAA requirements.  All three 787-10 flight test aircraft are now at Charleston and I'm presuming that they will now undergo change incorporation and re-work at Charleston over the next 6 to 9 months in preparation for delivery to Singapore and United.

In the meantime, continue to browse through the 787 production spreadsheets for more information:

787 Spreadsheets


Tugboat532 said...

I have a question about the 787-10 fabrication in Charleston. It is my understanding that Charleston was chosen to fabricate the -10 because the Dreamlifter could not deliver the -10 fuselage to Everett as it was too long. That said- how is Charleston receiving the -10 fuselages from Italy, by sea? Or is the -10 fuselage going to be built at Charleston?

Fred Ransome said...

Is the Charleston assembly line having a production issue? Normally there is a line advancement of aircraft to a new position in a little less than once per week. But there has been no line movement for roughly two weeks now.

Uresh said...

787-10 is built only in Charleston and all major assemblies are flown in

Uresh said...

I’m waiting to get updated production information. No production issues at Charleston

GeorgefromSCO said...

I thought the aft fuselage sections for all 787's are built in Charleston and not flown in.
The mid section from Italy and the Charleston built aft sections are also joined together in Charleston or all 787's. For the 10 - the combined mid and aft sections are too long to fit in the Dreamlifter.

Uresh said...

No forward fuselage built in Wichita, and other sections built in Japan and Italy

Uresh said...

Aft fuselage is built in Charleston

m3m371 said...

When do you update your production excel sheets?

Uresh said...

Whenever I get new information which is usually everyday