Boeing is approaching something of a milestone on its 787 program, with aircraft number 787 reaching final assembly.
The pending completion of the 787th 787, reported to be in production for China Southern Airlines, comes a little over seven years since All Nippon Airways became the 787 launch customer in September 2011.
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Jetstar became Australia’s first 787 operator when it received the first of 11 General Electric-powered 787-8s in 2013.
Air New Zealand took delivery of its first 787-9 in 2014. It currently has 13 of the type, with one more on order. Its 787-9s are powered by Rolls-Royce engines.
And Qantas welcomed its first 787-9 in October 2017. Like its low-cost carrier subsidiary Jetstar, Qantas’s Dreamliners also have GE engines.
Qantas currently has six 787-9s, with two more to arrive by the end of 2018. There are also a further six of the type due for delivery by the end of 2020.
The aircraft are used to fly to London, the United States and Hong Kong.
Most recently, China-based Juneyao Airlines has become the newest operator of the 787, having received its first 787-9 on October 19.
Welcome to the #Dreamliner family, Juneyao! The 787’s fuel efficiency, long range, and passenger-pleasing features will power Juneyao’s international expansion, connecting Shanghai with SE Asia, Japan, Korea. #Boeinghttps://t.co/IrBAFlqBNk pic.twitter.com/RJVzKP7NTh
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) October 19, 2018
Total 787 orders are approaching 1,400, with the Boeing website showing 656 total unfilled orders for the aircraft, which is available in three variants – the original 787-8, the larger 787-9 and the 787-10 double-stretch.
VIDEO: A look at Boeing’s 787-9 flying display routine for the 2016 Farnborough Airshow from the Boeing YouTube channel.