Some one gets to deposit a whopping check this morning as Boeing
and ANA have signed the formal documents completing the contractual
delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner.
Celebrations to mark this historic milestone started today in
Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the
airplane on Tuesday. Today's signing comes after a series of
flights, inspections and the transfer of funds.
"Now that the airplane is ready to deliver, the entire team is
ready to celebrate," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general
manager of the 787 program. "We look forward to honoring our launch
customer ANA before they fly their first Dreamliner home to
Celebrations for Boeing employees began Monday at 0600 (Pacific
time) outside the 787 factory in Everett 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 gathered at 0900 for the delivery ceremony in the same
location. Airplane 24, painted in ANA's special livery, will join
the display during the ceremony. Flyaway of the airplane to Tokyo
is scheduled Tuesday morning at 0635 (PT) from Paine Field.
"ANA has been a tremendous partner from day one," said Fancher.
"Through the hard work and challenges, the Boeing team never lost
focus on the commitments to our valued customer. We know ANA's
customers will love this airplane."