Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trent 1000 TEN flies on 787 as Boeing deliveries now stand at 495

For the first time a Rolls Royce Trent 1000 TEN (thrust, efficiency and new technology) flew on a 787 that it is meant to power.  The 4th 787-8 flight test aircraft ZA004 (LN 004, N7874) flew with the engine for the first time today.  The newest member of the Trent 1000 family is to make up for performance shortfalls in the earlier Trent 1000 engines and is meant to power all three 787 variants with a thrust of up to 78,000 lbs.  According to Rolls Royce, the Trent 1000 TEN "offers proven new technology; its features include a new compressor system scaled from the Trent XWB engine program and a new turbine design to allow extra thrust. Unique to the TEN is a modulated air system which optimizes the secondary air flow within the engine using a valve system with no moving parts, a robust system that delivers performance benefits. External systems have also been improved and re-designed."

The engine should be certified for use on the 787-10 before the types first flight early next year.  Speaking of the 787-10, While parts for the first aircraft are in position 0 in Charleston, it won't start final assembly in position 1 until Dec. 13th, next Tuesday.  Other parts are en-route to Charleston, namely the section 41 forward fuselage.

Lastly, there was a flurry of 787 deliveries yesterday as Boeing delivered 4 787-9s to customers including British Airways, Hainan Airlines, Aeromexico and Xiamen Airlines which picked up it's 1st of 6 787-9 on order.  Boeing has delivered 6 787s this month so far, 132 this year and 495 since program deliveries began.  ZA674 (LN 513, N793AV) for Avianca is to be delivered on Dec. 20th and will be the 500th 787 delivered to a customer.  This will also be the last delivery in 2016 for Boeing which should end the year with 137 787 deliveries - 35 787-8 and 102 787-9s will have been delivered.  Of the remaining 5 787s to be delivered, 3 have had their customer flight and the other 2 will have their C-1 flights next Tuesday, Dec. 13th.  I expect Boeing to shut down for the holidays around Dec. 23rd.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Boeing Delivers 9 787s in November, Eyeing 500th delivery by Dec. 20th


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Number
Testing Complete3
To be assembled in Everett147
To be assembled in Charleston106
Parts Arriving6
Undergoing final assembly10
Storage0
Storage/Change Incorporation and Re-Work0
Change Incorporation and Re-Work3
Pre-Flight Prep7
Production Testing6
Non Customer Flight Tests1
Ready for Delivery6
Donation3
Delivered489
TOTAL787

Boeing delivered 9 787s during November, raising their running yearly total to 126 787s for 2016 and to 489 aircraft since program deliveries began in September 2011.  The most notable delivery was a leased 787-9 that is being operated by Air France.  It's there first 787 and they are scheduled to receive 4 to 5 more 787s during the next year.







Production continued at 12/month though a drilling mistake almost scrapped a 787-9 being built for Xiamen Airlines, it turns out that Boeing is able to make repairs but the airplane will be delivered a little late.

Boeing rolled out 12 787s (4 -8s and 8 -9s) while starting final assembly on 12 more (2 -8s and 10 -9s).  this includes the first 787-9 for Korean Air.  During November 787 production efficiency ratio was a little high at 1.33 owing to the low number of 787 deliveries made during the month.  The efficiency ratio for Everett was 1.17 and at Charleston it was higher at 1.67.  Only 3 Charleston built airframes were delivered in November.

Looking forward to December Boeing is planning to deliver 11 787s and finish 2016 with the 500th delivery which at this moment appears to be a 787-8 for Avianca.  This aircraft is ZA674 (LN 513, N793AV).  It will be the last delivery in 2016 and the 500th 787 delivery overall on December 20th.

Other notable deliveries is Xiamen Airlines first 787-9 and Royal Air Maroc's final 787-8 that they have on order.  Boeing will deliver 4 87-8s and 7 787-9s.

Of course the big news is the first 787-10 will start final assembly around Dec. 5th.  Today, the main fuselage and rear fuselage was moved into 88-30 into position 0 were it will be prep for final assembly.  The forward fuselage, section 41 has not arrived from Wichita as of yet but should arrive soon.  Final assembly will be begin when the main fuselage and the wings are in the wing/body join position 1.

First 787-10 entering Final Assembly Position 0 in building 88-30.  Boeing Photo.
Over the next 3 weeks Boeing will send production 787-8 and 787-9 to Everett for final assembly instead of splitting production between Charleston and Everett.  This is to ensure smooth continuous 787 production in case there are issue that come up with testing and assembly of the first 787-10 that may interfere with 787 production.  ZC001 (LN 528) will start final assembly around Dec. 5th and the next 787 to enter the Charleston final assembly building will be loaded into position 1 around Dec. 19th.  I anticipate that the aircraft will not roll out until the second half of January, 2017.  I anticipate first flight to take place by late February 2017.

Lastly, it appears that Aeroflot's order for the 787 is now going to be transferred to Russian leasing firm Avia Capital Services. The lessor will start taking delivery of an initial 7 aircraft in 2019 with deliveries running through 2022. Aeroflot had 22 787s (18 -8s and 4 -9s) on order. Aeroflot is sticking with the A350 order as well as maintaining their 777s.

787 Full Production Table