SEATTLE -- With the official delivery transaction between Boeing and 787 launch customer All Nippon Airways a day away, the first aircraft to be handed over to the Japanese carrier has received its Certificate of Airworthiness, the company confirms.
The CoA for JA801A, which was received September 23, is the final regulatory step for each delivered aircraft, certifying that it meets all production and type specifications and that no outstanding work is left to be done on the aircraft before it is officially delivered to the customer.
The official handover is really an elaborate multi-party conference call with banks, the airline and Boeing undertaking the procedure of transferring funds and confirming their receipt. While, Boeing has received pre-delivery payments from the airlines who have ordered the 787, this final transfer marks the largest share of the transaction.
Boeing's last first delivery was on May 15, 1995 to United Airlines for the first 777-200. This excerpt from 21st Century Jetliner takes you inside the room for the historic, albeit bureaucratic, handover of the 777.