This week we loaded the newest 787 Dreamliner into position in the Everett factory, and I wanted to share a couple of pretty amazing photos with you.
The newest Dreamliner – designated ZA003 – in first position in the 787 factory. In this view you can see all the major assemblies for the airplane (minus the wings) in the pre-integration area of Final Assembly.
It’s remarkable how the handful of large assemblies come together with the wings to form the airplane. We took this photo yesterday, just a couple of days after the first image.
When it’s completed sometime this summer, this airplane will represent the first time we’ll get a look at something close to “delivery configuration.” ZA003 is scheduled to be fitted with an interior as part of its certification and flight testing.
By the way, this is airplane number 5 on the production line, but it’s actually flight test airplane number 3 – hence the ZA003 designation. Two other airplanes are destined for static testing and fatigue testing and will not be delivered to customers. They are all among the 25 Dreamliners in various stages of production right now around the globe.