Thursday, March 2, 2017

March production and delivery schedule for 787

With the 1st two months of the year in the books, Boeing is looking to finish out the 1st quarter in strong fashion.

Delivery wise, Boeing is hoping to deliver 11 787s. Some planned notable deliveries include early build 787-8s to Ethiopian and to a yet to be determine customer who is buying the air frame once bought by Crystal Cruises.  I must stress the deliveries are tentative as we have seen in the past that sometime they just don't occur.  ZD007 (LN 16, ET-ATH) was supposed to be delivered at the end of February and now it is scheduled to be delivered at the end of March.  ZD009 (LN 17) was going to be taken up by Crystal Cruises until they found out it was too small for their use.  They may have found a buyer but it is still unknown who or even if there is a new buyer.

The UAE government will be taking its second 787 and first 787-9 for Presidential/VIP duties in March. Other than that it will be a ho hum affair with deliveries to usual suspects like Saudi Arabian (2), Avianca (1), American (1), JAL (1), Air Canada (1), Virgin Atlantic (1) and Norwegian (1).  Six of the eleven have had their B-1 and one 787-8 (for Avianca) has had it customer flights.  The remaining 5 should have their first flight by March 15th.  Most deliveries (9 of 11) should occur in the second half of the month. Deliveries in March will heavily favor Everett as they should deliver 8 787 while Charleston will deliver 3.  This is due to the introduction of the 787-10 into final assembly thus mandating the need to have some production frames moved to Everett so as not to disrupt assembly of customer aircraft.

Production for the first half of March should see 6 787s start final assembly with another 6 rolling out by mid March.

Lastly, I'm hearing that the 787-10 should make its maiden flight by the end of the month.  March 31st is penciled in for the first flight date but I'll you all know as soon as I can get more clarity on this date.

7 comments:

Andrew Boydston said...

Thank you for the update. Great information anxious to see what Boeing reports this week for O/D February numbers.

miquel440 said...

Did Boeing pick a date for first flight of the 787-10?

Uresh said...

So far I have 3/30/2017, it could change though.

johnv777 said...

Courtesy of "theqantassource.com"

QANTAS today revealed that the registration series for its Boeing 787-9 fleet will be VH-ZN* commencing with VH-ZNA.

Rob D said...

Uresh, any idea who is taking line 17, I thought Crystal had cancelled? Also do you know what Boeing plans to do with line 19?

Uresh said...

As far I know 17 is still going to Crystal and it's up to them to sell it. 19 is supposedly going to Aitlr Tanzania but I haven't seen any confirmation of that this far.

Rob D said...

Thank you