Archive | August, 2007

Covering the Call

On Wednesday, September 5 Scott Carson and Mike Bair will be providing a comprehensive 787 program update. The conference call will begin at 10am EST. I have been invited, along with other members of the media and industry analysts, to join in on the call. Similar to the July 8th roll out, Flightblogger will the […]

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August 27, 2007

I am back after a short (and much needed) vacation. I’ve tweaked the design for these updates to make information more accessible. A master list of all updates will still be available at its original page: The Dreamliner Learns to Fly. Everett:Structural, wiring and systems installation continues on Dreamliner One as it has since July […]

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Tweaking The Schedule

The relocation of the Static Air Frame to Building 40-23, which was tentatively scheduled for the night of August 23rd, has been pushed back to the night of September 11th. This will undoubtedly be an extraordinary opportunity for spotters to see two 787s at once. In addition, Flightblogger has learned that Dreamliner Two final assembly […]

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Boeing faces hurdles, opportunities on the road to an on-time 787 entry into service

According to multiple sources inside the 787 program, Boeing has delayed delivery of major structural parts for Dreamliner Two indefinitely as work feverishly continues on preparing Dreamliner One for its first flight this fall. Put simply, there is a small bottleneck inside of Building 40-26 at the Boeing factory in Everett interfering with deliveries. Two […]

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Approaching Power On

Word from the factory floor is that power on should happen within the next 10 days. UPDATE: After speaking with several people in Everett it looks as though power on will not happen in the next 10 days despite a fervent effort to achieve this goal. 500 of 600 tasks still remain before this can […]

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Flightblogger Exclusive: Window Seats

There has been an ongoing debate inside the aviation enthusiast community since the beginning of the 787 program. The question has been repeated more times than I can count: Are the 787 windows really any bigger? I would like once and for all to put this debate to rest. They ARE bigger. In fact, they […]

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Riddle Me This, Part Four in a Series

A final go ’round…L/N 19:Q: If John Madden’s friend would rearrange the letters in the name of his store, he’d have the initials of this airline.A: China Eastern Airlines L/N 20:Q: Finally, a level playing field to compete with their arch-rival!A: Japan Airlines L/N 21:Q: Some people might misspell this airline’s name, but I bet […]

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The Dreamliner Learns To Fly

Updated: September 19, 2007 – 12:00 AM EDT (Updates in blue)Following the on-time roll out of the first Dreamliner, the 787 team will be switching gears to prepare the aircraft for its first flight during the early fall of 2007. This page will track the progress of final systems installation and pre-flight testing of ZA001 […]

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LCF Flight Numbers Explained

I had previously posted on the relative regularity of the LCF flights from here on out as they are operated by Everegreen. The flight numbers are fixed and will be consistent. However, not in the way I previously thought. In fact, there is a specific logic and formula to each flight number. Within each flight […]

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Five Questions with Richard Aboulafia

Richard Aboulafia generously offered his time to be the subject of the first installment of a new series here at Flightblogger. This series will pose five questions to major aviation industry players to provide a unique view of global air transport. Aboulafia currently serves as Vice-President of Analysis at the Teal Group Corporation. He is […]

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