kanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3059 posts, RR: 23 Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6609 times:
One of the premier sources of information, Totally Jacked Up Airplanes, has unsubstantiated information that ZA001 is headed to the Smithsonian, ZA002 to the Tokyo Air museum and ZA003 to Seattle's Museum of Flight.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28529 posts, RR: 84 Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6440 times:
Seems a logical fate for the planes.
The Smithsonian is an appropriate venue as the 787 is a big step in aviation for even if most of her systems have already been in service on other commercial airframes, she did put them together (much like the Boeing 247 did).
And the Museum of Flight needs a 787 because it's a Boeing product and it's a premier museum in it's own right.
And sending ZA002 to Tokyo in launch customer NH's livery is fitting, as well.
frigatebird From Netherlands, joined Jun 2008, 1381 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5799 times:
A bit surprised Boeing doesn't keep one them as test airplane. Or will they use ZA004 (or 005 or 006) for those purposes? They have only 2 Business Jet / VIP Customers for the 787-8.... one of them with GE engines, so I expect ZA005 or 6 to be allocated to that customer.
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3480 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4566 times:
Quoting kaitak744 (Reply 10): The second or third 777 was painted in United colors during testing.
It may have been both--I know for sure the second was. The third may have been in BA colors...I can remember seeing 777 test flights approaching BFI from the east over my house/school as a kid. UA was the first non-Boeing livery I saw, BA the second. I believe CX was the third. The key difference is that I believe all of those frames went to those customers...the first 777 ended up in CX hands as well and was still active until recently (and for all I know, still is).
Kind of surprising that the Smithsonian is interested in a 787 this early and even more surprising that ZA001 is apparently the one they're getting. I would have bet top dollar that it would be the Museum of Flight's specimen.
cat3dual From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4386 times:
Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 12): The key difference is that I believe all of those frames went to those customers...the first 777 ended up in CX hands as well and was still active until recently (and for all I know, still is).
In fact it is. B-HNL is still going strong with Cathay. Although the entire non-ER 777-200 fleet there is up for sale, or was until very recently. No takers though.
tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 81 Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 9): Why was ZA002 painted in NH colors anyway?
It was supposed to go to ANA. Same reason that ZA003 came down the production line with a Northwest rudder.
Quoting seabosdca (Reply 11): By the time Boeing painted the aircraft, it had already been decided to write off the first three frames as R&D.
It was partially painted long before the write-down decision. It was always intended to be painted in ANA livery and go to ANA. When Boeing (not ANA) decided not to send ZA002 to ANA there was no reason to repaint it. For very similar reasons, ZA003 started life in partial Northwest livery. After the Northwest/Delta merger they had to repaint it anyway so they went straight to the Boeing Light livery.
Under the original plan, ZA001 was in Boeing house colours, ZA002 was in full ANA livery, ZA003 was in full Northwest livery.
redrooster3 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 222 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
Quoting 9252fly (Reply 20): What exactly makes these 3 aircraft unattractive to any customer,be it private or commercial?
ZA001 was built, then taken apart many timesso the amount of changes made to its structure and fasteners and the lack of initial documentation made its future as a member of All Nippon''s fleet a non-starter. Plus she was overweight by 21,500 pounds. ZA001 is the most expensive prototype in aviation history, reaching 4 billion USD. ZA002 was as well, put together and separated many times as well. Both ZA001 and 002 were suppose to be delivered to NH, but NH rejected those aircraft's. ZA003 and 004 were going to NWA, but then NWA merged with DL, so that deal was off.
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tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 81 Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
Quoting 9252fly (Reply 20):
What exactly makes these 3 aircraft unattractive to any customer,be it private or commercial?
They're perfectly attractive to customers...Boeing would have to bring them up to type certificate design before delivering them so their configuration oddities now are a moot point to a customer. They'd especially make good business jets, where their relative overweight has much less impact and you wouldn't bother fitting a production interior anyway.
The problem is how much it would cost to bring them up to deliverable configuration...it would cost more than Boeing could ever get on the sale. The problem isn't that the airplane's can't find customers, it's that there's no business case for Boeing to sell them.