Big in Japan

We’re gearing up for another exciting milestone on the 787 program. In about six weeks, we’ll fly the 787 flight test airplane ZA002 to Japan to conduct a service readiness validation (SROV) with our launch customer ANA.

During the event, the airline’s mechanics and crews will work together with us to simulate in-service operations across several Japanese airports, including Haneda in Tokyo, Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Hiroshima and Okayama. This is an important step to validate all of our training and preparations.


A beautiful reflection of a beautiful airplane.

This isn’t the first time we’ve taken these kinds of measures to make sure the airplane, the airlines and our services are ready for revenue flights. In fact, Boeing and our customers have conducted these validations on our 777, 737NG and 757-300 programs. We learned a lot from those efforts and know it’s better to identify any minor refinements needed during simulated operations, rather than revenue service.

While entering any new airplane model into service is always challenging, we have an experienced team who is working hard - together with our customers and suppliers - to identify potential issues early on and ensure we have the right resources in place to rapidly respond. Together with the validation, these steps will help ensure a smoother entry into service later this year. The 787 program is closing in on the final stages of flight testing and certification, including the conclusion of certification testing on three of the six flight test airplanes. We have less than 5 percent of flight testing left to complete on the 787s with Rolls-Royce engines.

The 787’s first landing in Japan will be an exciting moment for all of the Boeing employees who have worked hard to develop and build this airplane. We all know it will be big in Japan and the rest of the world.

To learn more about what’s involved with SROV, check out the video below.

Comments (9)

Helen Yates (Chicago):

Gorgeous shot Randy. Can't wait to see the Dreamliner in action .

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Beautiful! Major props for achieving this milestone -- it's almost done.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

For all those who have worked on the 787 and for even those who have followed, the last trials are filled with anticipation with the deliveries not far ahead.

Tom (Germany):


nice staging of the a/c with the calm water in front of it. The eyes automatically move from the dark to the bright - perhaps too bright - light at the 787's nose.

Is the ZA002 equipped like the first ANA 787s?
Flying the 787 in Japanese airspace is a no-brainer for the ANA pilots...
Is it correct that ANA needs 12 to 18 months for the Japanese ETOPS certification?

Mark W (New York, NY USA):

Getting closer and closer. I look forward to seeing it enter service.

Jun Leido (Manila, Philippines):

The 787 Dreamliner is a great example of what two of the world's leading countries ( USA and Japan ) can collaborate on a truly innovative technology. With reference to the international partners of the Dreamliner, we cannot forget the fact that it was the daring and cutting-edge thinking of Boeing to design and launch the plane; and All Nippon Airways, to buy and fly the aircraft.

Thomas V. Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

How exciting it must be for Boeing and the airlines themselves, that the first major game changing aircraft of this decade is about to enter service. GREAT JOB!

Made even more impressive is the rumors from Airbus is that the A350 is likely to face similar delays, pushing their delivery schedule years into the future, which bodes well for the Dreamliner, the 777 and the 747-I.

Mark Brueschke (Anchorage AK):

Is the 787 going to stop over for fuel in Anchorage (ANC) on the way to and from Japan? I'd love a chance to see it take off or land.

Randy Tinseth:


Would love for all of you to get the chance to see it up there.. but the airplane isn't making any stops on the way.

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