The first General Electric GEnx-1B powered Boeing 787 to visit Europe, ZA006, is being prepared for its three-day mission at Boeing Field. Although Boeing isn’t commenting, the aircraft is expected to make stops in Paris and Amsterdam as reported earlier by Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf and Flightblogger.
The 787 will depart the U.S early on Nov 4, visiting Amsterdam the following day. The twinjet will return to Seattle, it is believed, on Nov 6.
Meanwhile still no more clarification from Boeing on yesterday’s reports that further delays may be in store for the program after the build up of more engineering, test and production issues. Boeing, for the moment, remains adamant that first delivery to ANA will go ahead as scheduled around mid-February.
The big question everyone asks is what about the delivery schedule for the rest of the aircraft due to be streamed into service through 2011 with ANA, Air India, Japan Airlines, LAN and Royal Air Maroc? Will its initial delivery be the focus of a well-publicized, on-time handover only to be followed by many months of quietly delayed deliveries? Or will the program finally be re-established on track, with production ramping up, suppliers in-line, rework a thing of the past and all the other things program executives dream of?
At this point only time will tell.
787s awaiting completion at Everett, Wash