Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner.
Celebrations to mark the milestone begin on September 26 at Boeing’s widebody final-assembly line in Everett, Washington with a delivery ceremony followed by the delivery flight of the first customer Boeing 787 on September 27.
The September 25 delivery-contract signing comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.
“Now that the airplane is ready to deliver, the entire team is ready to celebrate,” says Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We look forward to honoring our launch customer ANA before they fly their first Dreamliner home to Japan.”
Celebrations for Boeing employees begin on September 26 at 6 a.m. (Pacific time) outside the 787 factory in Everett with the static display of ZA002, one of the flight–test aircraft painted in ANA’s livery. ANA and Boeing executives, employees, partners and government officials gather at 9 a.m. for the delivery ceremony in the same location.
Aircraft number 24, painted in ANA’s special livery, will join the display during the ceremony. Flyaway of the aircraft to Tokyo is scheduled for the morning of September 27 at 6:35 a.m. PST from Paine Field.
“ANA has been a tremendous partner from day one,” says Fancher. “Through the hard work and challenges, the Boeing team never lost focus on the commitments to our valued customer. We know ANA’s customers will love this airplane.”
The Boeing 787 is an all-new aircraft and Boeing says the 787 is the first mid-size aircraft capable of flying ultra-long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines combine to make the 787 more fuel-efficient and provide lower operating costs.
Boeing says passengers will notice cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and a lower cabin altitude and that these factors will combine to help passengers feel more refreshed after flying on the 787. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins and LED lighting.