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.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Order Book

787 Model Summary as of June 2020.

Model Series Orders Deliveries Unfilled
Boeing 787 9 877 543 334
Boeing 787 8 422 374 48
Boeing 787 10 211 58 153
787 Total 1,510 975 535

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12 thoughts on “Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Orders and Deliveries

  1. Boeing spent millions and billions of dollars producing the 787. This airliner is not much different compared to their 777. Did Boeing make a mistake introducing a design which is very similar to their 777?

    • Hi John,
      thank you for stopping by.

      At first glance it seems that there could be a some cross over between the Boeing 787 and the Boeing 777. They are, however, quite a different class of airliner. Where the 787 can be seen as a replacement of the once popular Boeing 767 in the lower end of the twin aisle market, the Boeing 777 is now the replacement for the Boeing 747. As we enter the age of the giant twins, the 777 is at the upper end of that class. To confuse the matter further, Boeing is investigating a 797 which would sit between the 737 and the 787.

      Different tools for different jobs.

      Cheers Peter

  2. Pisquali-

    Thanks for the information. Now I am waiting to see the final design of the MOM airliner. I believe that it will be somewhat similar to the 767 with twin aisle and 2-3-2 seating. It will be a winner.

    • Hi Michael,
      we have looked and are unable to locate such a table. The South Carolina factory is responsible for the aft fuselage sections 47 and 48 of the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10. Those of the 787-8 and 787-9 are flown by cargo plane to the Everett factory for assembly there, whilst those of the 787-10 are assembled in the South Carolina factory. They are simply too big to be transported. There has been some media coverage about possible sub-standard production at South Carolina and Qatar Airways has refused to take any products originating in that facility. We wait with interest to see what the truth is. Boeing needs to get this right as they are having enough headaches already.
      Cheers Peter

  3. Hey there, is there anything really interesting about controlling the complex systems on the Boeing 747?

    • Hi Jack,
      maybe we won’t say that out loud next time we fly, right?

      Three environmental impacts?
      1. The early 747 engines weren’t as efficient as today, so certainly pollution was a factor.
      2. Staying with the above engines, noise was certainly a factor that affected those living near airports.
      3. A positive was that by carrying more passengers fewer aircraft were needed to complete that same task. So in effect, there were fewer flights creating noise and pollution.

      Does that help?
      Cheers Peter

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