First Dreamliner Customer Joins Final Testing
July 7, 2011 – The long-anticipated delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one step closer as the new aircraft made its maiden trans-Pacific flight from Seattle to Tokyo on July 4. After three years of delays, All Nippon Airways is the first of more than 50 customers to receive the new-generation Dreamliner. The Boeing 787 was originally planned to enter service in May 2008, but after repeated delays the Dreamliner is ready for service and is scheduled to make a one-day appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one step closer to delivery as All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Boeing started a series of week-long validation tests in Japan this week. After three years of delays, ANA will be the first of more than 50 customers to receive the new-generation Dreamliner, which is expected to be delivered by September.
The service ready operational validation tests give ANA’s pilots the opportunity to fly the Dreamliner on airline routes in Japan while ground crews and mechanics learn to work with the new aircraft.
“Validating all of our training and preparations for the Dreamliner is critical to help ensure a smoother entry into service for our passengers and crews later this year,” said Shinichiro Ito, ANA president and CEO.
The Boeing 787 was originally planned to enter service in May 2008, but experienced repeated delays. Three years later, the Dreamliner is ready for service and is scheduled to make a one-day appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29. EAA and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny made the announcement on June 15, stating the value of Boeing’s decision.
"This represents two significant firsts - the first time anywhere that aviation enthusiasts can tour the 787 and the first public showcase of the 787 in North America," Poberezny said.
The Dreamliner is made up of 50 percent non-metal composite materials, making it much lighter and 20 percent more fuel efficient, and can fly distances up to 8,200 nautical miles. It is the first mid-size airliner capable of flying jumbo jet ranges, allowing airlines to create new nonstop routes.
After its rollout ceremony in July 2007, the new Dreamliner became the fastest-selling wide-body airliner, and as of May 2011, Boeing has 835 orders by 56 customers. The next 787 to enter service is unknown at the time of this writing.