Overview Courtesy of NYC777
* Gratified by market demand for the 787.
* Set a new high for sales of the 787 at 314 and may have more before year end. 762 firm orders from 52 customers.
* Confidence in the business model and the technologies underlying the 787
* Fly end of 1st quarter of 2008, delivery in November – December 2008 and have 109 deliveries by end of 2009.
* Shanahan reviewed the entire 787 program starting in October and met with the global partners.
* Design and development phases were executed well and now need to execute production ramp up.
* Retired combined aircraft development and design team (led by Scott Strode).
* Reorganized the department: 1) Development, 2) Supplier Management, and 3) Final Assembly and Operations
* Meet daily on the factory floor to make sure that the right processes are followed and that required changes are implement
* Starting the same process with the partners (meetings with them).
* 100% complete on the 787-8 design.
* Reviewed and agreed to certification requirements of the 787 program with the FAA now need to demonstrate compliance with the requirements.
* Successfully tested the HTP in Italy to design.
* Continue to work weight reduction and have some work to do.
* LN 1 – the primary structure is completed, fastener availability is reduced. Complete the aircraft and focused on power on by end of January. Can retire risk at power on. Perform integration testing and then perform gauntlet testing. Everything is on track to support power on.
* ZY997 – move to static fixture in January. Frame is mostly complete.
* Parts are much more complete
* Fasteners and parts are arriving at a faster pace.
* On track to make power on by end of January
* Production schedule will be more predictable once Power-On is achieved.
* Flight-control tests will occur after Power-On.
* Honeywell flight control software is ready for Power-On. All 92 systems are ready.
* ZY998 – started final assembly, forward with main fuselage and wings are attached. Rear fuselage will be joined later this week.
* LN 2 parts will arrive later this month to start final assembly
* LN 3 – LN 6 will be in the factory by end of February in Everett. LN 7 (First customer airplane) will be arriving by March.
* Both engines families (RR and GE) will be ready for testing by start of flight test program.
* No flaws in the production system process
* Alenia starting to work on LN 14 with most partners starting work on LN 7
* Traveled work is starting to decrease.
* Traveled work continues to be the biggest constraint to progress
* Big problems are solved but the small details are the frustrating part
* No more join problems (as was on LN 1).
* Investment in automation and processes (more efficiencies) will allow 6/month production rate
* Hardware and software that is going to be used in flight test are being used in the engineering simulator. Software is coming together very well.
* The documentation problem still exists but Shanahan has his arms around it and the situation is improving.