Yes, it is three years late, but finally, the tires have been kicked, ANA’s team from the ground to the flight crews have checked out the plane, and the payment has been made. Boeing and launch operator All Nippon Airways (ANA), have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner ZA101, registration (tail) number JA801A.
The formal delivery ceremony marking the historic milestone will be held in Everett, near Seattle in a few hours from now. Celebrations for Boeing employees begin in about one hour at 06:00 PDT (18:30 IST 13:00 GMT) outside the 787 factory in Everett, Washington state with the static display of ZA002, one of the flight test airplanes painted in ANA’s livery.
ANA and Boeing executives, employees, partners and government officials will gather at 9:00 a.m. PDT (21:30 IST 16:00 GMT) for the delivery ceremony in the same location. Airplane 24, painted in ANA’s special livery, will join the display during the ceremony.
The ceremony will be webcasted live at www.newairplane.com.
JA801A will depart Paine Field, Everett to Tokyo on Tuesday morning 06:35 PDT (13:25 GMT).