The plane is expected to join the German flag carrier’s fleet “in the next few months” as the FAA prepares to allow Boeing to resume deliveries.
- IATA/ICAO Code:
- Airline type:
- A full-service carrier
- Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport
- Year of foundation:
- 1953 year
- Star Alliance
- Group of airlines:
- Lufthansa Group
- General Director:
- Karsten Spohr
Germany’s Lufthansa has treated its social media followers to some beautiful images of its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The three-year-old 787-9 will be named after the location of Lufthansa’s largest hub – Frankfurt am Main. It should join the flagship carrier’s fleet in the next few months – given that Boeing will receive the boon to resume Dreamliner deliveries.
The fate of the original orders is different
The aircraft looks good despite being parked for three years after it rolled off the final assembly line (FAL) in Everett. It just got a fresh coat of paint in an easily distinguishable white and blue Lufthansa livery. However, he was not meant to look like that at first. D-ABPD was originally intended for China Hainan Airlines followed by a full-service Indian carrier Vistara but was never used by either airline.
The first Boeing 787 is registered with Lufthansa is D-ABPA. This is the same magazine ordered by Hainan/Vistara and it has not yet been delivered to the German airline. Meanwhile, it also got its name – Lufthansa calls it Berlin, after the country’s once-divided capital. Lufthansa There are orders for 32 types in total. Twenty were ordered in March 2019 and the airline added five more to its order book last May. The order was increased by another seven in May 2022, simultaneously with it committed to the 777X freighter.
Are supplies about to finally resume?
Boeing did not put anything new 787 from May 2021 due to safety regulators finding manufacturing defects in the aircraft. On July 17, Boeing said it was “very close” to resuming supplies. Indeed, last Friday, although it has yet to be officially confirmed, Boeing reportedly received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Dreamliner inspection and modification plan.
The first Lufthansa 787 was named “Berlin”. Photo: Lufthansa
Just yesterday, Thursday, Aug. 4, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen met with safety inspectors in South Carolina to determine whether the aerospace manufacturer has done enough to finally get permission to resume deliveries of the 787.
The FAA said, as quoted by Reuters, that the purpose of the visit was “to ensure that the FAA is satisfied that Boeing has taken appropriate steps to improve manufacturing quality and guarantee the autonomy of workers who ensure compliance with regulatory requirements on the company’s assembly lines.”
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