The 787 Is Still on Schedule, And It's Finally Received Permission To Fly
September has finally arrived, and that means that we’re getting closer and closer to All Nippon Airways getting their very first Boeing 787. Things are still on schedule—as far as we know—and there’s even a couple chances to get access to one of the very first flights.
Everything should remain on schedule too, as the world’s newest commercial airplane just got all its stamps, seals, and approvals. This week the Federal Aviation Administration approved for the plane to enter commercial service, and that’s a big deal. There’s over 50 different airlines and customers looking for around 800 of the new planes, so the folks out in Seattle definitely have a lot of work ahead of them.
In addition to Uncle Sam’s approval to start flying the new bird, the rule makers in Japan are also cool with the new airplane. The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau has also given its blessing, so that means it’s now officially time to start flying some paying passengers and making some money.
The official delivery date remains scheduled for September 25, with plenty of plane pomp and circumstance scheduled for the following day. After that the very first flights—both scheduled and special—should start right at the end of October and beginning of November.
[Photo: Mika Stetsovski]