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The day before Boeing’s Sept 26 787-8 delivery ceremony to launch customer ANA, a group of journalists had the opportunity to “walk the line” in Building 40-26, home of the first 787 final assembly line. Here are a few highlights (all photos Guy Norris)My first view of General Electric GEnx-1B engines installed on an aircraft inside Building 40-26. In this case it is Line Number 35 - bound for Air India.United Airlines' first 787 - Line Number 45.Section 41s are arriving complete from Spirit AeroSystems. This one, for Line Number 48, has a complete nose gear assembly tucked away in the bay.The exposed APU and redesigned exhaust 'flare' - designed to allow any leaking fuel to wick out rather than pool in the APU exhaust duct.Line Number 24, ANA's second 787-8 first flew on Sept 24.ANA is expected to receive its second aircraft in late October. A further 10 aircraft, eight of which will be powered by the upgraded Package B engines, are due for delivery by the end of March 2012.New shapes to come - ANA's second 787 poses in front of Lufthansa's first 747-8 at Everett.
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