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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Boeing has finished repainting JAL's first 787

JAL 787 in new livery
JAL 787 in new livery (Source: Boeing)
Boeing has issued a press release in Japanese with a picture of the first Boeing 787 to be delivered to Japan Airlines (JAL). They have just finished repainting the plane to JAL's new livery on Dec 13. This is just in time for JAL's special "delivery" tour. But unfortunately delivery date has slipped once again to Feb 2012.
The slip has to do with the certification process of the GEnx engines. Due to lack of production aircraft required for the certification process, GEnx engines won't be able to complete the testing needed until Jan 2012. And that's the reason for the slip.

Now JAL is only expecting 4 787's to be delivered in the current fiscal year, one less than the original plan. When JAL finally receive these state-of-art 787s, JAL will deploy them on daily service to Tokyo Haneda-Beijing, 3 weekly Tokyo Narita-Moscow, and 4 out of the 5 weekly Tokyo Narita-Delhi flights from March as announced earlier. And of course, JAL will be launching the Tokyo Narita-Boston route on Apr 22 2012 as planned.

So we are now one step closer to seeing what's in-store on JAL's 787. Hopefully more pictures will be available soon when the lucky Japanese passengers get to tour the Boeing factory in the next few days.

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