Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Boeing Rolls Out First Production 787-10 for Singapore Airlines

ZC003 for Singapore Airlines.  Boeing Image

ZC003 Rolling out of the Charleston Final assembly Line. Boeing Image
Boeing has rolled out the 1st production 787-10 destined for Singapore Airlines sometime in the second Quarter of 2018.

The aircraft, ZC003 (LN 622, 9V-SCB) will undergo painting followed by extensive ground testing for the remainder of the year. According to sources it will then be placed into storage until March where it will then undergo flight tests starting approximately in mid March.  It will continue testing activities into April and there appears to be a tentative delivery time frame of mid to late April 2018.

Oddly this aircraft may not be the first 787-10 delivered to Singapore but the second one.  ZC004 (LN 656) is tentatively scheduled to be delivered in March but that may change.  This aircraft is not due to start final assembly until late November/early December.  I'm pretty certain ZC003 will join the flight test program late in the 1st quarter of 2018 thus this is the reason why it would be delivered after ZC004.

Here's Boeing's press release on the roll out of ZC003, the only thing of note is that Boeing states that the 19 additional 787-10 that has been ordered by Singapore is still a letter of intent though the final order was signed months ago and is now a done deal and even listed on Boeing's Order and Delivery web site (listed as unidentified).  Why they're doing that I do not know.

Boeing Rolls Out Singapore Airlines' First 787-10 Dreamliner

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has rolled out the first 787-10 Dreamliner built for Singapore Airlines at its Final Assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. 
The airplane will now undergo the painting of the airline's livery and begin its system checks, fueling, and engine runs. Singapore Airlines is due to take delivery of its first 787-10 in the first half of 2018 and will be operated on the airline's medium-haul routes. 
Singapore Airlines is the launch customer of the 787-10 and currently has 30 airplanes on firm order. The airline also signed a letter of intent in February to purchase 19 additional 787-10s. 
 "Boeing is excited to have finished final assembly of the first 787-10 Dreamliner for Singapore Airlines," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "With its unprecedented efficiency, greater capacity and the Dreamliner's known preferred passenger experience, the 787-10 will be an important part of the airline's future fleet." 
As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family's preferred passenger experience and long range with 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace. 
The 787 Dreamliner family offers a modern, optimized and efficient airplane family in every market segment. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 190 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 18 billion pounds of fuel.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

EgyptAir to buy 6 x 787-9s

Word from different sources is that EgyptAir and Boeing have come to an agreement for the Middle Eastern carrier to buy 6 787-9s.  The official order announcement could be made this week.  In addition the carrier is buying the A320NEO from Airbus thus splitting their fleet renewal order between the major manufacturers.  It is unknown whether this order is firm or an MoU.

The order by EgyptAir continues a string of wins for the 787 program of late after getting the node from Malaysia Air (8 x 787-9) and Turkish Airlines (40 x 787-9).  If these orders are finalized prior to year end then Boeing would have booked 132 net orders for the 787 assuming no other orders or cancellations.  I'm still waiting for Garuda Indonesia's 787-9 order to be finalized.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Boeing Delivers 11 787 - 787 Month End Report for September 2017

Testing Complete3
To be assembled in Everett147
To be assembled in Charleston113
Parts Arriving6
Undergoing final assembly8
Storage/Change Incorporation and Re-Work0
Change Incorporation and Re-Work0
Pre-Flight Prep10
Production Testing4
Non Customer Flight Tests4
Ready for Delivery4

Boeing delivered 11 787 in the month of September including the 600th 787 (a 787-8 for British Airways).  Of these 11, 10 were 787-9 and 1 was a 787-8.  For the quarter, Boeing delivered 35 787s (29 787-9s and 6 787-8s).  For the year Boeing has reached 100 deliveries (78 787-9s and 22 787-8s).  Program deliveries to date are 600 787s total (346 787-8s and 254 787-9s).  What is also notable is that the 600th delivery took place 6 years and 1 day after the first 787 was delivered to ANA (September 25th, 2011) an average of roughly 100 deliveries per year.

The most notable delivery occurred on Sept. 26th when Boeing delivered Dreamliner #600 to British Airways.  This aircraft is a 787-8 ZA458 (LN 609, G-ZBJI).  The other notable delivery was Thai Airways first 787-9 being leased from AerCap. This aircraft is ZB219 (LN 602, HS-TWA).

Boeing also slowed down production during September.  I had written about this earlier this month noting that 787 production slowed in Everett and I speculated that there might be some issue at Everett.  I have since discovered that 767 and 777 production also slowed thus it appears that this was a pre-planned slow down (1 of 2 with the second one coming in the last two weeks of December).

Some notable airplanes that were rolled out this past month.  Ethiopian's first 787-9 (being leased from AerCap) was rolled out.  Another one was the first production 787-10 for Singapore Airlines.  This aircraft 9V-SCB (LN 622, ZC003) will probably conduct some functionality and reliability testing in support of Boeing test flight program and I would suspect that these test activities will begin late in the 4th quarter.  I am now expecting that Boeing should be able to deliver the first 787-10 during the later part of 1st quarter 2018.  Boeing used two production 787-9 in support of 787-9 flight test and certification activities (1 RR powered and 1 GE powered).  I expect that Boeing will do the same thing with the -10 program (again 1 RR powered and 1 GE powered).

Speaking of the 787-10.  Boeing has thus far completed (by my count) 233 test flights and accumulated just over 692 flight test hours through September 30th. I do expect that test flight should continue through to mid February with FAA certification coming in early March.  I estimate that Boeing is about 70% done with 787-10 flight testing.

Boeing had rolled out 10 787s in September and start final assembly on 10 aircraft during the month.  2 Everett built 787s started and finished final assembly in the month September.

You can examine the current status of 787 production that I have listed on my updated 787 tables through Google sheets.  Click the link below: