Update 8:56 pm EDT to include full text of Boeing press release.
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and ANA have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner. Celebrations to mark this historic milestone begin tomorrow in Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the airplane on Tuesday. Today’s signing comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.
“Now that the airplane is ready to deliver, the entire team is ready to celebrate,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We look forward to honoring our launch customer ANA before they fly their first Dreamliner home to Japan.”
Celebrations for Boeing employees begin Monday at 6 a.m. (Pacific time) outside the 787 factory in Everett with the static display of ZA002, one of the flight test airplanes painted in ANA’s livery. ANA and Boeing executives, employees, partners and government officials will gather at 9 a.m. for the delivery ceremony in the same location. Airplane 24, painted in ANA’s special livery, will join the display during the ceremony. Flyaway of the airplane to Tokyo is scheduled Tuesday morning at 6:35 a.m. from Paine Field.
A live webcast of Monday’s delivery events and Tuesday’s flyaway can be seen at www.newairplane.com. Video highlights of those events also will be posted to the website.
“ANA has been a tremendous partner from day one,” said Fancher. “Through the hard work and challenges, the Boeing team never lost focus on the commitments to our valued customer. We know ANA’s customers will love this airplane.”
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new airplane featuring a host of technologies that provide exceptional value to airlines and unparalleled levels of comfort to passengers. It is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.
Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines combine to make the 787 more fuel efficient and provide lower operating costs. Passengers will appreciate the cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and lower cabin altitude that combine to help them feel more refreshed after flying on the 787. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins and LED lighting.
Original post at 5:32 pm EDT.
Boeing today contractually delivered the 787-8 to All Nippon Airways (ANA Japan), officially making the 787, J801A/Z101, the 229th aircraft in ANA’s fleet.
Our friend David Parker Brown of AirlineReporter.com is out at the Boeing 40-88 building for all the festivities, and he is liveblogging the event (which you can see here). Follow his blog for more information about the Boeing 787 delivery!
Below is a video which describes the inspection process which ANA conducts before the delivery of the 787.