Delivery day for JAL’s first two Boeing 787-8s at Paine Field, Everett.
(all photos Guy Norris)
It’s been a long wait – seven years, three months and three days to be precise - since JAL placed its initial order (and almost four years longer than originally scheduled), but JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki looks happy and relieved as he receives the ceremonial ‘keys’ for Line Numbers 23 and 33, JAL’s first two 787s, from BCA president Jim Albaugh.
The backdrop at Future of Flight is pulled away to reveal JA825J – LN33 and first delivery aircraft. Originally JAL ordered 30 firm/20 option 7E7-3 and 7E7-8s – but now has 45 firm (25 787-8s and 20 787-9s) on order.
Thumbs up from Boeing, GE and JAL execs – a few relieved faces here.
The JAL delivery also represents the debut of GE’s GEnx-1B into service. Here three GE engine leaders (l to r) Chuck Nugent, Tom Brisken and Bill Fitzgerald, mark the moment suitably adorned in JAL kimonos.
Views of the first of the two delivery aircraft – JA825J