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Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Orders and Deliveries

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Boeing 787 Launch Customer

Being the first airline to take delivery of a brand new aircraft design is always a calculated risk. The aircraft builder will generally negotiate an attractive deal with a launch airline as it is accepted that there will be teething problems, delays on delivery etc.

The rewards however, can be great.  The aircraft maker, in this case Boeing, and the airline, in this case ANA Airlines of Japan, worked very closely together and many of ANAs’ requirements ended up being included in the finished Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  There were of course many delays as whole new technologies were applied.  The reward was to be able to boast that ANA was flying the newest most technologically advanced aircraft in the world.   This was a flying billboard for ANA and airlines that came next, saying we are investing in the future.  We are flying cutting edge technology.  It suddenly made other aircraft fleets start to look tired.

First Seven Boeing 787 Customers

Here are those first first cutting edge airlines taking possession of their new baby.

Boeing 787 delivery to ANA

The first Boeing 787-8 was handed over to ANA (All Nippon Airways) on 26 September 2011.
Inaugural service 26 October 2011 from Haneda (Tokyo) to Hong Kong.

Japan-Airlines 787-Dreamliner Delivery

Japan Airlines took delivery of two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on 26 March 2012.
The airline started the first Tokyo to Boston service on 22 April 2012.

Ethiopia Airlines take delivery of their 1st 787

Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 jet on 14 August 2012. The first passenger carrying flight took dignitaries and guests on a flight around Mount Kilimanjaro on the Kenya Tanzanian border.


LAN took delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on 31 August 2012.
The aircraft was initially used on routes between, Buenos Aires, Lima, Los Angeles, Madrid and Frankfurt.

Air India Boeing 787

After a dispute over delays, Air India finally took delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on 07 September 2012. Initial routes included Delhi, Kolkata, Dubai, Mumbai and Bangalore.

United Airlines receive Boeing 787

United Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to receive the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner taking delivery on 22 Sep 2012.  The inaugural service for the 787 was from Houston to Chicago on 04 Nov 2012 at 07:25am.

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Air New Zealand, the launch customer for the Boeing 787 9 took delivery of their first aircraft on 09 Jul 2014.
The startling black liveried aircraft will go into service on the Auckland to Perth run in Sep 2014.

Singapore 787-10 launch customer

Singapore Airlines was the launch customer for the Boeing 787-10 which they took delivery of on 26 March 2018. All proposed Boeing 787 varients are now in service.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Order Book

787 Model Summary as at March 2018

Model Series Orders Deliveries Unfilled
Boeing 787 9 728 319 409
Boeing 787 8 419 350 69
Boeing 787 10 171 1 170
787 Total 1,318 670 648

If there is more you want to learn about this airliner, please visit: Boeing 787 HomeBoeing 787 Interior, Boeing 787 Specs, Boeing 787 Assembly and Boeing 787 History,

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