There is a lot of prep work for Boeing to prepare the first 787 Dreamliner to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA). This video takes you behind the scenes, highlighting some of the tasks completed before ANA took their own final inspection of aircraft ZA101 – JA801A.
“Our inspection is very important. We have to receive the high-quality airplane for our customers,” says Nobutaka Tazawa, chief airplane inspector for ANA of Japan, the launch customer for the 787.
ANA concluded a thorough inspection, including checking the windscreen wipers, that lasted ten hours. It appears that everything is ready to go for the official delivery on Monday morning. This is going to be one amazing event and I can’t wait to share it.
As All Nippon Airways (ANA) gets closer and closer to taking delivery of their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, we are getting more information on how the airline plans to use their brand new aircraft.
Today, ANA announced that their first regularly scheduled flight using the 787 will start November 1, 2011 between Haneda and Okayama and also between Haneda and Hiroshima.
The first international route will be between Haneda and Beijing, scheduled to start in December of this year. Then, starting in January 2012, ANA will use the 787 on its first long-haul international route between Haneda and Frankfurt.
ANA's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Paine Field.
Previously ANA has already announced that they will operate a special charter flight using the 787 between Narita and Hong Kong on October 26. After the special charter flight, ANA will fly “excursion flights,” giving invited guests the opportunity to preview the 787 Dreamliner on October 28th and 29th (win tickets on a flight).
The delivery rumormill of when Boeing will hand over the first 787 to ANA has started. Most of the dates I am hearing are centered around September 24th, but of course we will not know for sure until we get a bit closer. You better believe I will be keeping you updated.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one step closer to starting normal operations around the world — that is a good thing. Saturday, August 13th marked the final flight needed to certify the 787 Dreamliner with Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines using the ninth test aircraft, ZA102. Certification testing will continue for 787s with GE engines. The nine test aircraft have flown just over 1,700 flights and more than 4,800 flight hours to perform more than 25,000 tests.
Test pilots have taken the aircraft to its limits and beyond to make sure the 787 is able to handle any possible future situation. “I’m used to landing the airplane 100,000 pounds overweight,” said Captain Mike Carriker , chief pilot for the 787 via Boeing’s website. “I’m used to flying it with the overspeed warning going on for hours on end or flying the airplane with an engine turned off.”
It is expected that ANA will take delivery of their first 787 (ZA101) sometime next month and then start flying the aircraft in Japan starting in October (and you can win tickets on one of the flights). Even though ZA101 is being prepared for delivery, to date it still has not flown. Boeing is not saying exactly when it will first fly, but I have been told that they will give notice, allowing fans the opportunity to catch a glimpse.
United Airlines first Boeing 787 inside the Boeing Factory in Everett, WA. Photo from United.
Yesterday, United Airlines also announced its first 787 (the 45th Dreamliner) started it final assembly phase of construction. United will be the first North American airline to receive a Dreamliner, currently schedule in early 2012. In a press release they announced that, “the first United 787 will be configured with 36 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, 63 extra-legroom seats in Economy Plus and 120 seats in Economy.”
Both United and Continental Airlines had 25 of the aircraft ordered, meaning the new United will receive 50 aircraft. The airline previously announced that they will operate their first flight from Houston to Auckland and aim publicize the 787′s precise schedule later this year.
“We are proud to be the first North American airline to receive the 787, which will be a game changer for the new United and the industry,” said United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smisek. “The 787 will be a very comfortable, customer pleasing aircraft, and with its range, fuel efficiency and superb operating economics, the 787 will allow us to enter new long-haul markets and also replace older, less-efficient widebody aircraft.”
On August 6th, Boeing unveiled the first Boeing 787 Dreamilner to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA). Invited guests and media were able to tour the interior of the aircraft and see what the future holds. This is my interior tour video with shots of the economy layout, the cockpit, some exterior shots and the new windows.
One of the first things passengers will notice, when boarding the 787, are the windows. The 787′s new composite body allowed Boeing to make the windows larger, allowing much more natural light into the cabin. Passengers will also notice a lack of sunshades, they have been replaced with a button where one can choose different levels of tinting. This means, even on the darkest tint, people can sleep or watch their in-flight entertainment, all while being able to see outside. The cabin crew have the ability to lighten or darken all the windows at the same time, which will reduce turn around time and eliminate having to ask passengers to raise or lower their shades (see photo of cabin in dim mode).
According to Jon Ostrower, Boeing has completed certification testing for the Dreamliner on August 13th. At this point, Boeing has not yet confirmed it, but an announcement is expected later today. Boeing has stated that they hope to complete FAA certification before the end of August to deliver the first aircraft (ZA101) to ANA in September. To date, seven 787 test planes have completed more than 4800 hours of flight testing.
No curtains needed. This is a Boeing paint hangar located at Paine Field and where the first ANA 787 Dreamliner was painted.
Since the outside and the inside of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is so amazing, I wanted to divide the photo posts into two. Earlier, I posted the interior tour of ANA’s first Boeing 787 and now it is time to take a look at the outside. Media was invited by Boeing and ANA to experience the roll out of this historic aircraft. It might not have been the first 787 to fly (this is airplane #8, called ZA101), but it will be the first Dreamliner to carry passengers.
The 787 (JA801A) was slowly backed out of the paint hangar, bringing the new livery out into the sun for the first time.
ANA announced a special 787 livery that would go on their first two Dreamliners during the Paris Airshow. They showed off nice looking computer renderings, but of course it is hard to get a full feel of a new livery without seeing it in person (or seeing photos). Media folks were lined up waiting to watch the paint hangar doors open. With the sound of bells, the door slowly opened up, showing off the 787′s new paint scheme. I know on previous comments some of you have been skeptical of this special livery. It is a bit different, but I can tell you that it looks more amazing in person and I really like it.
The 787 got towed right over the media. Right on. Notice the birds flying overhead.
As the 787 Dreamliner was being towed into place I was doing video and social media (I had a great friend, Nick Smith, helping me out with photos) and I wasn’t realizing how close the plane was getting to us. I was sitting on the ground and the right engine passed with-in a few feet as the wing went over head. Even the non-aviation geek media couldn’t help but say how awesome that was. The lighting for photos wasn’t the best, but this is the standard way the tug pulls aircraft out of the paint hangar and Boeing didn’t want to risk changing how things are done with the first 787 to be delivered.
It is cool to think all the people that this Dreamliner will fly during its lifespan.
ANA’s first two 787 Dreamliners will have this livery and the other 53 they have on order will sport their standard livery. I was told these liveries will last the life of the paint, which is expected to be about five to six years before it will need to be re-painted. Unfortunately there was no update from Boeing or ANA on when this aircraft will officially be handed over to the airline. At this point, it is expected it should be delivered sometime in September and about a month after that ANA will put the aircraft into service.
Even the non aviation geeks will tell this is the 787.