At long last, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is certified

Boeing 787 Dreamliner N787BA ZA001

20 Responses to At long last, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is certified

  1. Akio ITO August 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm #


  2. Steve August 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I am sure this a relief to all that have worked on this program, such as myself.

  3. Peter Schneider August 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    So when is the first deliverable B787 supposed to have it’s first flight?

  4. Kristy August 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Line 8 (ZA101) is supposed to have its first flight near the first of September although the date is a little fluid.

  5. Paulo M August 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    I missed the point when they changed the orientation of the gear trucks! (Level, instead of front boogies higher than rear. They are changed, aren’t they?)

    Big congratulations, Plastic is Fantastic!

    And now, the world’s attention shifts to manufacturing… Good luck to them!

  6. ButtMuncher August 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Watch this stock soar when they star releasing all those planes that are sitting on the tarmac in Everett.

  7. 777driver August 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    @Paulo M

    They never changed the landing gear truck tilt. The main gear doors are open indicating they are in the retract cycle. Part of the retraction is for the trucks to tilt to near level to allow retraction.

  8. Oussama August 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Congratulations to Boeing, great work.

  9. RobH August 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    All yours, Jon. This was the thing that put you on the map and made me a lifetime fan of yours.

    Kinda cool when you think about it: You singlehandedly brought the Internet Age to a secretive process and drove an aerospace giant absolutely crazy doing it!

    Tip of the hat to you, sir!

  10. rick August 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    About (supply your own deletable expletive) time. The program burned out a bunch of engineers and managers. Myself included. Saying it was a difficult program is gross understatement. Jon your reporting from outside the gate, as it were, is to be congratulated.

  11. mikey August 27, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    I’ll second RobH……..And it will be nice to see what your own venture will bring in the future. As far as I’m concerned, “You’re Certified”!

  12. Ramesh August 27, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    Congrats to all involved. Who is the 2nd customer? Is it Air India? When is Air India getting delivery of its first 787? Will atleast 5 aircraft be delivered to various airlines in 2011?

  13. Rob_non_H August 27, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    Hahah, get a room RobH!

    Congratulations Boeing! A few lessons learned here :)

  14. keesje August 27, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Congratulations to Boeing and all of their supply chain for achieving ths important milestone!


  15. johny August 27, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    When will the maximum wing load test be ? Are they going to brake ZA001 or maybe only fixed prototype ?

  16. Kristy August 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm #


    They’ve already done that test on the static platform. It was done early in the flight test program.

  17. johny August 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm #


    oh yeah, remember.

    Do you remember what was the max load when B787 wing broke ?

    During B777 certification wing achived 154 percent of the designed limit load.

  18. paul mackey August 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    3 years late dreamliner
    early units resale value zero

  19. rick August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    The wing was tested to the max required 150% test load. Any thing beyond that is excess weight in the airplane. One could argue that more is better. Meeting the FAA/EASA requirement is the requirement.

    You or I might be delighted with a product that far exceeds the specification. If it costs us a lot more maybe not so delighted. I never ever want to be on an airplane that is exposed to 1.5 max required load. Something very bad is happening.

    In the case of a large transport category airplane more weight means more fuel burn higher landing fees and increased operating costs. One of those old adages… Anyone can design something that lasts forever. It takes a helluva good engineer to design something that breaks the day after the warranty expires.

    The Boeing structures team has a bunch of really fine talent.

  20. Paulo M August 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm #


    Thank you sir.