Taken in February 2011 inside the Boeing Factory, this 777-300ER is the 24th 777 for Qatar.
So how long does it take Boeing to build a 777? That was a question emailed to me by reader Ron Thomas and I realized I did not know. I posed the question to Boeing on how long it takes for a 777 to be built and out of the factory, how long it takes to be painted and then how much longer before actually being delivered to a customer. I decided to share the answers.
Of course depending on the paint job and possible issues, these numbers can change, but this is based on the average build for a 777:
From first part to out of the Boeing factory in Everett: 49 days
Time in the paint booth: 4 additional days
Flights and testing: About 30 additional days
Total from first part to delivery: About 83 days — less than three months.
That truly is beyond impressive and if you have ever taken a tour of the Boeing factory, you know that they make it look so easy.
United's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is pulled out of the factory. Image from Boeing. Click for Larger.
Wednesday night, Boeing pulled out United Airline’s first 787 Dreamliner from the factory and off the final assembly line. The first 787 Dreamliner has already been delivered to the launch customer, ANA, but United will be the first North American airline to take delivery of the new aircraft. From United’s press release: “While in final assembly, the aircraft moved through four factory positions, including the final aircraft body join, landing gear installation, weight-on-wheels testing and installation of interior components and systems. Over the next several months, the aircraft will move to the next phase of completion, which includes final cabin configuration, installation of engines and painting.”
United's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner gets pulled in front of the factory located in Everett, WA. Photo by Boeing. Click for larger.
United will configure their first 787 with 36 seats in BusinessFirst, 63 seats in Economy Plus and 120 seats in Economy. There was some speculation if United might be offering a special livery, but I doubt it. When I was on the factory floor recently, the tail was definitely a solid blue, which matches United’s current “new” livery. With United recently switching their brand over from the tulip to the globe, it wouldn’t really make sense for them to also introduce a special livery. Normally I am all for any livery that spices things up, but at this stage it would just cause brand confusion.
Nose show of United Airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner outside the factory at Paine Field. Photo by Boeing. Click for larger.
Although the exact date of delivery is unknown, United told AirlineReporter.com that they expect to get their first 787 during the, “second half of 2012.” It will be the first of 50 that the airline has on order.
United's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
It is always a special treat to get inside the Boeing Factory. Even more so, when one is able to bring a camera. During the standard Boeing Factory tour, guests are not allowed to take any photos. Even during special media events where Boeing has allowed cameras, they have not allowed journalists the opportunity to be on the 787 factory floor. During ANA’s delivery event, media was invited to take a tour of the 787 Dreamliner line, on the factory floor and I wanted to share some of the photos.
An Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the factory floor.
United's first Dreamliner from the factory floor.
A completed nose section of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the factory floor.
Ethiopian, United and Air India Boeing 787s.
APU on the back of the Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Check out the 777 stairs that have been modified for 787 use.
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and some from ANA’s 787 delivery ceremony
This Boeing 787 will be celebrated today around the world.
Today is the day of the official Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivery ceremony. Be sure to catch it live via Boeing’s website and Twitter. The ceremony is only supposed to last until about 9:30am PDT, so do not miss it. The aircraft will be leaving Paine Field tomorrow morning at about 7am PDT. There will be no media on board the first flight, just ANA employees, but media will be present at the lift off (including myself).
The 787 delivery will be completed outside Boeing’s factory and let’s hope for good weather. Right now, the forecast is rain (I know, surprising right?), but either way, this event is happening.
As announced yesterday, the aircraft is already officially ANA’s. This event will celebrate this historic delivery and I am told there might be some “pulling” of the heart strings.