The First Boeing 787
Dreamliner To Enter Into Service In September
By Shane Nolan
August 8, 2011 - The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner that
will enter into service with launch customer ANA rolled
out of the paint hangar Saturday. The airplane bears a
special livery signifying the core element's of ANA's
service brand – innovation, uniqueness and the
inspiration of Japan.
"Our teams are making outstanding progress in completing
the first airplane to be delivered and achieving
certification of the 787," said Scott Fancher, vice
president and general manager of the 787 program.
"We are inspired by the airline's enthusiasm for this airplane and look forward to the day when we make our first delivery to ANA." ANA's first 787 features a short-haul international interior design with business- and economy-class cabins.
passengers will be the first to experience the 787 Dreamliner's
comfortable interior environment," said Mitsuo Morimoto, ANA
senior executive vice president and member of the board of
directors. "Combined with ANA's superior levels of service,
passengers will enjoy a spacious interior, larger windows,
comfortable seats and touch-panel in-flight entertainment
the most innovative technologies aboard the 787 aren't visible,
but will help passengers have a more pleasant and comfortable
flight. Passengers will arrive at their destinations feeling
more refreshed with the airplane's cleaner cabin air, lower
cabin altitude and higher humidity.
plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in September. ANA will
operate its first 787 revenue flight as a charter international
flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an
all-new airplane featuring a host of technologies that provide
exceptional value to airlines and unparalleled levels of comfort
to passengers. It is the first mid-size airplane capable of
flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new,
non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.
Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines combine to make the 787 more fuel efficient and provide lower operating costs. Passengers will appreciate the cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and lower cabin altitude that combine to help them feel more refreshed after flying on the 787. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins and reliable LED lighting.
originally planned for a first flight by the end of August 2007 and
premiered the first 787 at a rollout ceremony on July 8, 2007, which
matches the aircraft's designation in the US-style month-day-year format
(7/8/07). However, the aircraft's major systems had not been installed
at that time, and many parts were attached with temporary non-aerospace
fasteners requiring their later replacement with flight fasteners.
to shorten the production process, 787 subcontractors initially had
difficulty completing the extra work, because they could not procure the
needed parts, perform the subassembly on schedule, or both, leaving
remaining assembly work for Boeing to complete as "traveled work".
On September 5,
Boeing announced a three-month delay, blaming a shortage of fasteners as
well as incomplete software. On October 10, 2007, a second three-month
delay to the first flight and a six-month delay to first deliveries was
announced due to problems with the foreign and domestic supply chain,
including an ongoing fastener shortage, the lack of documentation from
overseas suppliers, and continuing delays with the flight guidance
Less than a week
later, Mike Bair, the 787 program manager was replaced. On January 16,
2008, Boeing announced a third three-month delay to the first flight of
the 787, citing insufficient progress on "traveled work". On March 28,
2008, in an effort to gain more control over the supply chain, Boeing
announced that it planned to buy Vought Aircraft Industries' interest in
Global Aeronautica; the company later agreed to also purchase Vought's
North Charleston, S.C. factory.
On April 9, 2008,
Boeing officially announced a fourth delay, shifting the maiden flight
to the fourth quarter of 2008, and delaying initial deliveries by around
15 months to the third quarter of 2009. The 787-9 variant was postponed
to 2012 and the 787-3 variant was to follow with no firm delivery date.
On November 4,
2008, the company announced a fifth delay due to incorrect fastener
installation and the Boeing machinists strike, stating that the first
test flight would not occur in the fourth quarter of 2008. After
assessing the 787 program schedule with its suppliers, Boeing confirmed
on December 11, 2008 that the first flight would be delayed until the
second quarter of 2009.
On June 15, 2009,
during the Paris Air Show, Boeing said that the 787 would make its first
flight within two weeks. However, on June 23, 2009, Boeing announced
that the first flight is postponed "due to a need to reinforce an area
within the side-of-body section of the aircraft".
Boeing provided an
updated 787 schedule on August 27, 2009, with the first flight planned
to occur by the end of 2009 and deliveries to begin at the end of 2010.
The company expects to write off US$2.5 billion because it considers the
first three Dreamliners built unsellable and suitable only for flight
on July 15, 2010, that the first delivery to launch customer All Nippon
Airways could slip into 2011, and on August 27, 2010 it confirmed that
the first delivery would be delayed until early 2011. Boeing and
Rolls-Royce state a lack of Trent 1000 engines as the cause, following
shutdown of Rolls-Royce's test facility after a blowout in a Trent 1000
during ground testing on August 2.
In August 2010, it was announced that Boeing was facing a US$1 billion compensation claim from Air India due to the delays for the 27 Dreamliners it has on order. Within months, in early November 2010, it was reported that some early 787 deliveries may be delayed, in one case some three months, to allow for rework to address issues found during flight testing. In January 2011, Boeing announced that the first 787 delivery was rescheduled to the third quarter of 2011 due to software and electrical updates following the in-flight fire in November 2010.
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