What a week

This has been some week for the 787 team. First, we announced the completion of flight testing required for certification of 787s with GE engines. That means all of the flight testing for the baseline models is done. To reach this goal, we had to conduct 150 hours of extended operations on a production model airplane, not a flight test one.


The 35th 787 to be built served as the production airplane conducting the final 150 hours of flight test required for certification of 787s with GE engines.

We’ve also wrapped up ground tests and turned the last bits of data over to the FAA for their reviews and processing prior to certification.

On top of that, all of the people who designed and built the Dreamliner and entered the airplane into service were honored with a prestigious award this week. Aviation Week bestowed its 2012 Laureate Award in Aeronautics/Propulsion to the 787 team for their “extraordinary accomplishments.” Past winners in this category include the X-51A Waverider Hypersonic Vehicle Team and the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan development team.

This award is a wonderful tribute to the 787 team’s hard work, dedication and innovation, and to an airplane that embodies the hopes and dreams of our customers and passengers around the world. Congratulations on a truly remarkable week.

Comments (16)

Lance (Australia):

I can not wait to see the Dreamliner in Brisbane, wishing it was on the world tour, but I dont think we will see her.

Congrats Boeing 787 team.

Balram Sharma (Singapore):

Congratulations to the Boeing 787 team on reaching yet another milestone in the development of this wonderful aircraft! :)

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Glad the see the 787 get certified with GE engines. I think it would also be great to see the 787 powered with Pratt & Whitney engines.

Daniel Tsang (Hong Kong):

Hi Randy,

Haven't talked to you for quite some time. How're you?

Really congratulations on winning Aviation Week's awards - well-deserved one!

Keep the 787 milestones coming with successful weight reduction, ramp-up & 787-10X!

2012 really looking to be a benchmark year for Boeing.

Rob (Vancouver, Canada):


Which airline is getting this aircraft?

Randy Tinseth:

Hey Rob,

We leave it up to our customers to identify their airplanes. But the color scheme on this one may provide some clues.



Rob (Vancouver, Canada):


My guess Quantas? Red tail, all white fuselage.

James Baloun (Palo Alto, California):

I once had the pleasure of a personal tour of the Everett Factory with a small group led by a Boeing stress engineer. While looking around the 777 assembly tooling (one of the tools located by the four spherical supports that dial in the center fuselage) I got a close look at a beam cap fitting that supports the over-center strut of the main landing gear. I was immediately impressed by the clean design of the fastener pattern and the simplicity and efficiency of the part.

You have to realize that when you consider aircraft structure as you go from tip to tip and nose to tail toward the intersection of the rear spar and the main landing gear bulkheads, the difficulty of the structural design goes from small to incredibly difficult. When I saw how clean the most difficult structure was on the 777, I immediately realized if the worst structure looks this great, the rest of the airframe is even better.

The 777 is truly an elegant design.

Jozsef Meszaros (Gyomro, Hungary):

one more presentation should come: the Boeing 787-9... so that the Dreamliner also becomes powerful as model family...

George S (San Francisco CA):

I think it is for Japan AIrlines, if I remember correctly they were the 2nd confirmed 787 customer after ANA. I hope the 787 stops by Bogota, my home town and hub to Avianca :)

Daniel K (Sydney, Australia):

@ Rob I'm pretty sure it'll be Japan Airlines

Congratulations Randy and the whole 787 team.

Can't wait to fly on this plane down here in Sydney!

Thomas Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

Now with the 787-8 program in full swing, can't wait for the 787-9 to hit the skies, and eventually the 787-10, which is badly needed to compete with the A350.

Rob ( Canada) (Vancouver, Canada):

The guessing game continues for 35th 787.

Seeing the picture of Air India's 787 today on Boeings website, it could be theirs.

My first thought was JAL, but went with Quantas after checking the JAL fleet colours and finding they have an all white tail with their logo in red.

Varun (Chicago IL USA):

Congrats to the 787 team on another milestone. Cant wait for the 787-10, and with the recent complaints with the A350-1000, I think that Boeing will be able to begin the 787-10 process with out any problems. I am also excited about the new 777. Randy, when are they planning to commit to the new 777? Do you know what any of the new features might be? Anyway, once again congrats to the 787 team, and cant wait to fly on United's 787. One last question, do you have any idea when United is getting their Dreamliner?

Rob (Vancouver, Canada):

Randy you must be enjoying this.

After more research I found a picture of a JAL 787 parked at Paine Field in their old livery with the all red tail.

The first time I checked JAL, it showed a 787 with their new livery. All white with the red logo on the tail.

The article went on to say they expected the JAL 787's painted in older livery to be repainted to the new livery.

Randy do you know if JAL is going to have those planes repainted?

Randy Tinseth:

Hi Rob,

I know there is a lot of interest when it comes to livery decisions, but we'll leave it up to our customers to go public with their plans.

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