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Boeing delivers its first 787 Dreamliner after pausing for over a year

Boeing is starting to overcome one of its larger hurdles in recent memory. CNBC notes the aircraft maker has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner in over a year, supplying American Airlines with one out of the nine vehicles it expects to receive in 2022. Boeing paused manufacturing in May 2021 as the Federal Aviation Administration reviewed how the company inspected planes following a string of manufacturing problems. ( More...

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mbrews 8
The delivery flight is being operated as American Airlines flight 9824 (AAL9824) 10 August 2022
Aircraft registration is N880BJ

Flightaware website shows the details at --

from Charleston, South Carolina USA to Victorville, California USA a flight of about 2150 miles.

Presumably at Victorville, California the airline will further prepare it for commercial service.
Sean Awning 3
Chris B 1
Sounds more like storage. Typicality, the aircraft are ready to take passengers from day 1.
Torsten Hoff 5
But Victorville is also home to Boeing AOG, which (among other things) handles interior completions of newly built Boeing aircraft.

On the other hand, the registration was updated yesterday (August 10) and N880BJ is no longer owned by Boeing, it has been handed over to AA. So short-term desert storage seems likely.
Chris B 1
I hear they are installing WiFi and other systems not available at the factory.
mbrews 4
Yes, they are usually ready at time of delivery. In press releases, American Airlines had been clamoring to receive 787s for the summer peak season. I have no inside knowledge about this one.

We can only speculate about what’s planned at VCV. Who knows, maybe the interior is less than pristine after many months of storage , heightened inspections, and sweltering humidity while stored at Charleston SC ?

According to Flightaware records, it’s first flight was on 11 April 2022, (4 months ago).

This aircraft is the smallest variant of 787. Specifically, a 787-8 model with less pax and cargo capacity than the 787-9. American Airlines operates both types.
linbb -6
Why would it be as they finish the AC there? They fly AC to Portland OR for paint sometimes also among other areas like this one. Think you need more info before commenting.
jgoedker 3
Could it be they simply haven't any other place to put it? New aircraft often sit idle until the new schedule is released. Having an oddball type in a pattern causes havoc. Slipping a new aircraft into a route just replaces the originally scheduled. So, until the new schedules are produced, something has to sit.
K R 3
THE most likely explanation is yours. Plus factor in model trained flight crew availability too. AA were not given very much warning in time since the FAA refused point blank to schedule their certification work; making it difficult for first users like AA to schedule their work. As far as the FAA are concerned its up to the aircraft manufacturers and users to bear the cost of the FAA inefficiencies. This is probably just one of the costs (storage and fuel efficiency difference between old and new plane) that AA have to bear and a very minor one at that. Of course AA have, at least for now been able to pass on these costs to PAX so tis the old story - the taxpayer pays for the FAA salaries and their incompetence both - the IRA are the conduit for one payment and the airlines the conduit for the other.
mbrews 3
The aircraft has left Victorville Sept 13 2022, en-route to Dallas DFW, an American Airlines hub.

So, seems close to entering commercial service, now at the big hub after spending a month at VCV
Franky16 -3
Vehicles? Seriously?
btweston 1
Are you one of those guys who just has to say “airplane” all the time?
K R 2
Well we give things a name for a reason surely. Sure we could have said "Boeing delivers its first thing after pausing...." And "CNBC notes the thing delivering its first thing for..., supplying AA with one out of nine things....... But writing conventions (at least in my lifetime) have taught that being a specific as possible leads to better comprehension of the message. In this case the things we are talking about are called "aircraft" or more specifically for this article a "787Dreamliner aircraft". The use of "vehicle" is therefore totally and completely inappropriate and against all writing principles. The above was summarized by Frankly16 as "Vehicles/ Seriously?" His only transgression was summarizing beyond peoples ability to comprehend his message. Perhaps he should of said "this writer should not be employed by CNBC"?
Franky16 0
No - I call them aircraft….

And you?


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