ZA003

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.

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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.

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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.

Comments (9)

Chris C (South Africa):

WOW! Very impressive indeed!! Thanks a million for sharing these photo's with us! The second photo really shows the sleekness and elegance of those beautiful super-critical wings on the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The 787 production line is really starting to go on a role now, I'd imagine with nearly 1,000 orders taken now, the production rate may rise to 1 787 per 24 hours at the highest tempo of production.

With the average of three days it takes to make a 787, and with the help of the moving assembly line,
the costs to manufacture the 787 can be kept low in comparison to building aircraft the old way.

When the 787 comes into service, it will be the most distinct airliner at the airport just as the 747 is today.

G (France):

Hope the 787 flight test blog will start soon!

Russel Ahmed (Dhaka, Bangladesh):

Its really a milestone that Boeing 787 production assembly going through in its shape of high definition integrity.

I always put heartiest greetings with continuous re-engineering process Boeing always hunt for.

As the order backlog reached 1000, I wish Boeing will create a benchmark into the world of aircraft manufacturing that highlighted fuel efficiency & passenger comfort.

Looking forward with the first delivery of B787.

Drum rolls on with the theme of heavy metal music that will create fusion of immense success among the dynamic spirited employees of Boeing.

Barry Greenberg (Houston, TX):

Will the 787 make the rounds to Boeing sites as did the 777?

Joaquin Hinojosa (Monterrey, Mexico):

Thanks for sharing. I am very excited, looking forward to see this beauty in the air. I sincerely hope this is a sign that the program will progress from now on smooth, nice and easy. Can't wait for first fly.

Tom Pang (Hong Kong):

Hurry on for Boeing 787. Originally, ANA should have the first 787 at this moment.

Otherwise more and more compensations will be needed.

James Baloun (Palo Alto, California):

I know a 787 based freighter will not be considered for many years but... Can the 787 fly without part of the main passenger deck? I recall seeing one of the 787 BBJ versions with a partially relocated main deck to create a very large room. If so would it be possible to load freight containers using an automated handling system through one large door forward of the wing and one aft and stack them in the full fuselage inside diameter? This would increase the usable cargo volume. Then the largest 787 would be useful for parcel carriers like FedEx, UPS and DHL.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

I like how easily it all appears to put together. I agree with Chris C - it really looks sleek. But, it belongs in the sky.

Congratulations on the 777 freighter roll-out.

A lot of 'solid-state' windowless birds coming out of Boeing and doing great stuff on a diverse range of missions - such as the 777 Freighter, P-8A Poseidon, the KC-767 Tanker & the 747-8F due for flight testing in 2009.

Engineering has always been your primary salesman - Great Stuff.

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