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Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Orders and Deliveries
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Boeing 787 Launch Customers
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 cutting edge airlines taking possession of their new baby.
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 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.
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.
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 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 07:25 am.
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 went into service on the Auckland to Perth run in September 2014.
Singapore Airlines was the launch customer for the Boeing 787-10 which they took delivery of on 26 March 2018. All proposed Boeing 787 variants are now in service.