MIAMI – Boeing has today produced its last 787 Dreamliner destined for ANA, number 1095, from its Everett plant. It will be moved at 10 pm tonight local time.
After 16 years of production, the Boeing 787 line will be moved entirely to the Charleston site, where most of the Boeing 787s have been produced for some years now.
A Remarkable Success
Despite the initial difficulties, with the problems found in the batteries, the Boeing 787 has enjoyed considerable success around the world. It has racked up more than 1,500 orders, with the 1,000th delivered to Singapore Airlines recently.
Made of 85% carbon fiber, the aircraft features new technologies, such as electronic engine starting, electrical and non-hydraulic systems to reduce the weight of the aircraft. It also features, for the first time, a fully digitized cabin called the ‘glass cockpit’.
Despite the success, and despite the problems solved at the beginning, the 787 still has defects to the fuselage to this day. FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for 222 787, given the decompression of the jet in the bilge barriers.
In addition to this, problems were also reported to the ILS. Several Airworthiness Directives have already been enacted by the FAA due to continuing new jet problems.
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