The 787 and advanced planning

When Delta airlines bought Northwest Airlines, it picked up more than just some routes, some planes, and lousy labor relations. It also picked up NW's order for Boeing's next generation airplane -- the often delay 787.

The plane was scheduled to have it's first test flight last month, but testing showed the need to delay that process again. Originally, it was supposed to be in service in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

But Delta is apparently optimistic that they will one day in the future be flying the 787-800 in and out of the S-Concourse at SEA. How can we tell? They painted parking spots for it on the ground.

2009-07-07 787-800 parking spots at S Cocourse at SEA (2)_cropped

You can see some more views of the paint here.

And perhaps there is reason to be optimistic. A couple days ago, Boeing conducted the first self-powered taxi tests for the aircraft. You can see the video below (source: http://boeingblogs.com/randy/)


It looks beautiful on the ground. I can't wait to see it in the air.


Grampy said...

I hope the North West people are not working on it.

Metz said...

Dropping by to catch up on my reading here and to greet yah a restful weekend ahead :) xoxo

Cromely said...

@Grampy: I think sometimes it's a wash. I've generally had good experiences with the NW folks -- more so than DL. They're no AS, but they've been fine.