After years of work, Boeing is set to deliver its first 787 Dreamliner for commercial service.
Created by seattletimes on Sep 20, 2011
Last updated: 09/22/11 at 04:00 PM
Federal regulators issued Boeing's official 'type certificate' for the Dreamliner, allowing its expected first delivery in September.
Boeing was retaliating illegally against its largest union when it decided to put a second Dreamliner assembly line in a nonunion plant in South Carolina, the National Labor Relations Board charged, adding that Boeing should operate the second line at a union plant in Washington. Boeing says it won't stop its South Carolina plans.
Boeing says the in-flight electrical fire will push back the first delivery to ANA until July or September 2011.
Key power panel extensively damaged in Dreamliner fire, forcing emergency landing.
The 787 took off on a damp morning from Everett's Paine Field, crisscrossing the state for three hours before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle.
The plane begins nine months of intensive and often dramatic performance tests under chief test pilot Mike Carriker. Highlights are explained in this story.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Scott Carson has stepped down, and the Boeing board has replaced him with Jim Albaugh, head of Boeing's defense division.
Boeing buys out 787 supplier partner Vought and takes over fuselage plant in Charleston, S.C.
Boeing again delays the 787's maiden flight, saying it needs to reinforce small areas near the connection of the wings and fuselage.
Boeing shows off the first Dreamliner to journalists.
An executive shuffle elevates Shanahan to lead all airplane programs and appoints Scott Fancher head of the 787 program.
Thousands of incorrectly installed fasteners are one reason for the latest delay, which will postpone first flight to the second quarter of 2009. The company also blames the month-long Machinists strike.
27,000 Machinists go on strike. Boeing blames part of 787 delays on the stoppage, but suppliers get a chance to catch up.
Suppliers' stumbles, and redesign of center wing-box, force Boeing to push out first delivery now 14 to 16 months late.
The delay Boeing's worst ever, to that point will cost an estimated $3.5 billion in postponed revenues and a billion in added expenses.
Boeing's surprise ouster of 787 program chief Mike Bair was hailed by some industry observers as the tapping of a fresh leader who can mop up the mess behind the six-month delay.
Boeing shows off the first 787 before 15,000 employees and customers at Everett, with much hoopla. The worldwide audience doesn't know the plane is a hollow shell with some painted wooden pieces. Later it is partly disassembled for rework.
Photos of the final-assembly process show the jet's first two forward sections did not fit properly when initially joined. On one side, there was a gap wide enough to stick a finger in.
Factories to spin the composite carbon-fiber material and build 787 sections are up and running. See stories explaining the inner workings of the global supply system.
Three months ahead of the plane's planned rollout, Boeing has more than 500 orders for the Dreamliner from 43 airlines. Workers applauded the news.
The first Dreamliner structural pieces are formed, the skins spun from spools of thread.
787 program chief Mike Bair says the first sections from its main partners won't come fully furnished with interior systems, and Everett mechanics will have to finish the work.
The Machinists union rejects a proposed three-year contract and goes on strike in three states. It's the union's first strike since 1995 and lasts one month.
Northwest Airlines placed a firm order for 18 Boeing 787s, worth $2.2 billion at list prices, with options to purchase an additional 50 of Boeing's newest jet.
Boeing confirmed an agreement to sell 60 of its new mid-size widebody jet to the six major airlines in China. The deal is worth $7.2 billion at nominal list prices. Boeing also announced that the jet formerly called the 7E7 would henceforth be designated the 787, continuing the company's 7-series model numbering.
Animation showing Boeing's global network for building 787's major sections
Internal Boeing documents peg expected development and launch expenses at $5.8 billion less than the 777.
Japan's All Nippon Airways formalized its role later that year at a signing ceremony in Seattle. Its first plane was due for delivery in mid-2008.
Boeing said its global 787 supply system will culminate here. CEO Harry Stonecipher said the company's board has approved launching the 7E7 and assembling it in Everett.
Boeing's 7E7 team, after an 8-month search, wants Everett to be the plane's final assembly site.
From Arkansas to California, officials in 22 states have said they would send proposals for the plant to assemble Boeing's proposed next-generation 7E7.
Locke signs into law a $3.2 billion, 20-year tax-break package for the aerospace industry that would take effect only if the 7E7 were built here. The tax package brought the gap between Everett and Kinston, N.C., the lowest-cost site competing for the 7E7, to less than $300 million.
The group will include Vought Aircraft Industries of Dallas and Alenia Aeronautica of Italy. Also expected to be partners are longtime Boeing suppliers Fuji Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Boeing reveals that it will hold a competition among states to find a location to build the new jet.
Boeing drops the proposed Sonic Cruiser to focus on a jet that promises 15-20 percent greater fuel efficiency along with the range and speed of Boeing's successful 777.