Still, the plane has long since taken its first flight, and Boeing now says it plans the first customer delivery sometime in the third quarter of this year. Whether that happens remains to be seen, but it's clear that the program is in its final stages before the Dreamliner becomes something that the flying public can experience first hand.
In the meantime, Boeing is continuing to build Dreamliners at its mammoth assembly plant here. Currently under construction at the plant are Dreamliner Nos. 31 through 34. And though there are currently seven test 787s, the ones being built today are being warehoused after being put together until the plane is certified for passenger flight. At that point, Boeing will finish the interiors of the planes and add their engines.
As the conclusion to three days of Boeing events highlighted by the unveiling of its next-generation 747-8 Intercontinental, the aviation giant brought a group of media to the Everett plant yesterday for a tour of both the 787 and the 777 production lines.
This is 787 Dreamliner No. 31--which is being built for launch customer All Nippon Airways.