Boeing delivered the 787th example of its 787 widebody twin airliner last week.
The milestone aircraft, a 787-9, will be operated by China Southern Airlines and was handed over at Boeing’s Everett, Washington delivery centre to leasing company AerCap, the world’s largest lessor and Boeing’s biggest 787 customers,on December 13.
“Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to our amazing Boeing team who build the world’s most capable and reliable airplanes,” said Kevin McAllister, president & chief executive officer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“This delivery also reflects the special capabilities of the 787 Dreamliner. The growing fleet continues to deliver unmatched efficiency, open new routes, and provide an exceptional passenger experience.”
The first 787 customer delivery, to Japan’s ANA, took place in September 2011. Since then the aircraft has carried nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights, according to Boeing.
First flight of the first 787 development aircraft took place on December 15 2009.
VIDEO – The first of 787. First flight of the Boeing 787, on December 15 2009, from Boeing’s YouTube channel.
That airframe, known as ZA001, is now on display as the centrepiece of the ‘Flight of Dreams’ display at Nagoya, Japan’s Chubu Centrair Airport.
2018年10月12日、FLIGHT OF DREAMS オープンしました！
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— FLIGHT OF DREAMS (@flightofdreams_) October 12, 2018
Some 35 per cent of the 787’s airframe is manufactured in Japan, much of which in the greater Nagoya area. In addition, Japan’s two major airlines, ANA and Japan Air Lines, between them operate more than 100 787s.
“This airplane is a great symbol of Boeing’s unique relationship with Japan, Boeing’s deepest source of partnership in the world,” said Boeing Japan president Brett Gerry said at the official opening of the Flight of Dreams display in October.
ZA001 had flown to Centrair Airport in July 2015. It is one of three 787 development aircraft Boeing has donated to museums, with Boeing gifting ZA002 to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona and ZA003 to Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
— FLIGHT OF DREAMS (@flightofdreams_) October 20, 2018