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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:56 am

It started!!! So cool can't wait for a year from now when the 787 rolls out of B's paint shop!

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060630/sff023.html?.v=58

[Edited 2006-06-30 20:12:05]
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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:37 am

Interesting comments:

To date, 28 airlines have logged 403 orders and commitments

It was 423 but now it looks like they're not counting (I presume) Primaris' non-order order. Can anyone confirm this?

BTW the 787 is no longer a paper airplane as some members on this forum like to think of the 787.

[Edited 2006-06-30 20:38:32]
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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:48 am


Took this yesterday at BFI, across from the MOF. A composite display of the 787 fuselage tube. Give you an idea of what the 787 will look like.
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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sat Jul 01, 2006 4:05 am

Yeah I think that was one of the eight test sections that was produced.
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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sat Jul 01, 2006 4:24 am

NAGOYA, Japan, June 30, 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and its partner Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) today celebrate the start of major assembly for the first 787 Dreamliner. FHI began to assemble the center wing section at its new factory in Handa, Japan, near Nagoya.

"When I look at this piece of structure coming together I know that we are seeing the future of our industry," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program for Boeing. "We have introduced new materials, new processes, new tools and a new way of working together that is ushering in a new era in commercial aviation."

When it is completed, it will be flown from Japan to Charleston, S.C., where Global Aeronautica will integrate it with other 787 structures before sending it on to Everett, Wash.

Norihisa Matsuo, corporate executive vice president and president of FHI's Aerospace Company, said, "FHI has received extraordinary support from Boeing and other global partners. The start of major assembly is really the result of the effort of the entire team. We are very proud of achieving major assembly start of 787 programs as a milestone as scheduled today."

Scott Strode, vice president of Airplane Development and Production on the 787 program, said, "We at Boeing are so proud to share this day with FHI -- a longtime, valuable partner. You understand our vision and share our commitment to excellence."
 
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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:04 am

The start of the first 787 - and also first for Air New Zealand as launch customer  Smile Great to see!
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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:02 pm

Thanks for the picture Jetjack74. Roll on the B787 and NZs first B789
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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:14 pm

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 5):
The start of the first 787 - and also first for Air New Zealand as launch customer

Air NZ isn't getting the first model (the 787-8). It will be getting the first stretched aircraft, the 787-9, with delivery due in December 2010.

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Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sun Jul 02, 2006 7:03 pm

Great to see the 787 Dreamliner taking shape. These must be the first pic of the "yet to be manufactured" airliner.
 
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:37 pm

The link is not working.
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:02 am

So does this mean that the oversized 747s (747-400LCF) have been built? Or is transportation between factories provided by normal-sized aircraft for the time being?
 
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:57 am

Quoting Web (Reply 10):
So does this mean that the oversized 747s (747-400LCF) have been built? Or is transportation between factories provided by normal-sized aircraft for the time being?

The LCF will be flying in the nest month to 2 months. They won't need it until the 1st quarter of next year when the large pieces of fuselage and wings need to be transported to SC and Everett. Till then they are slowly manufacturing the production partsand putting them together in the local assembly site like Nagoya. They have built all the production facilities and need to install more of the tooling but that's coming on line down the road. There will be a huge change 6 months from now.
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:41 am

Great tp see this milestone achieved. Cant wait to fly on one!
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:51 am

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 1):
BTW the 787 is no longer a paper airplane as some members on this forum like to think of the 787.

Now all some can wish for is that it becomes a huge paper weight, instead.
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:57 am

See also: 787 In Progress - Pics (by Sq212 Jun 27 2006 in Civil Aviation), a lot of excellent articles and picture galleries linked throughout this thread.
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:11 pm

Curious..

When will this first aircraft be ready for flying? I assume (since it's the first one) that it will take several months, but is it possible that it will be complete before the year is done?
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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:53 pm

Quoting BA777-236 (Reply 15):
When will this first aircraft be ready for flying? I assume (since it's the first one) that it will take several months, but is it possible that it will be complete before the year is done?

First flight is slated for August of 2007, according to most articles, such as http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/275465_japan27.html

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RE: Major Assembly Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

Fri Jul 07, 2006 3:07 pm

Quoting BA777-236 (Reply 15):
When will this first aircraft be ready for flying? I assume (since it's the first one) that it will take several months, but is it possible that it will be complete before the year is done?

Not really. The first large pieces aren't scheduled into Seattle till early next year. I would expect rollout about this time next year, maybe a little earlier.
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