Dreamliner timeline

  • Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 12:08 a.m.

January 2003
Boeing sets up a team of executives to design the new plane.

June 15, 2003
The company says the jet will be called the Dreamliner after 500,000 people from more than 160 countries voted on the name.

Dec. 16. 2003
Boeing announces that its board of directors has given final approval for the plane. The company starts taking orders from airlines.

July 26, 2004
Japanís All Nippon Airways (ANA) becomes the launch customer for the 787 with an order for 50 jets.

December 2004
Boeing ends 2004 with 56 orders for the plane. Its goal had been 200.

December 2005
Boeing ends 2005 with a total of 288 orders for the jet.

June 2006
Assembly begins at the companyís Everett, Wash., plant.

June 2007
Engineers assembling the first plane find a 0.3-inch gap between the nose-and-cockpit section and the fuselage section behind it.

July 8, 2007
The world gets its first glimpse of the Dreamliner as it is paraded in front of a crowd of 15,000. The plane turns out to be just a hollow shell, rushed together for the event.

September 2007
Boeing announces the first of many production delays, starting with a shortage of bolts and problems with flight-control software.

2008
Boeing announces four more delays during the year. Among the reasons were a 57-day machinists strike, problems with improperly installed fasteners and trouble with the companyís global supply chain.

June 2009
Boeing reports 59 cancellations for the 787.

June 23, 2009
Boeing announces another delay.

Dec. 15, 2009
The first 787 test flight leaves from Paine Field, adjacent to Boeingís factory in Everett, Wash.

Nov. 9, 2010
During a test flight, a 787 loses electrical power after fire breaks out in an electrical control panel. Test flights are delayed six weeks.

Aug. 26, 2011
The Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency certify the plane to carry passengers.

Sept. 25, 2011
Japanís All Nippon Airways takes delivery of the first 787.

Oct. 26, 2011
The first paying passengers step aboard the plane, 31/2 years behind schedule.

July 28, 2012
Debris falls from a 787 engine during a test, sparking a grass fire at Charleston International Airport.

Jan. 7, 2013
The battery pack on a Japan Airlines 787 catches fire after the flight landed at Bostonís Logan International Airport. Passengers had already left the plane, but it took firefighters 40 minutes to put out the blaze.

Jan. 11, 2013
The FAA launches a review of the entire plane, even as top transportation regulators insist it is safe.

Jan. 16, 2013
An ANA 787 makes an emergency landing after pilots are alerted to battery problems and detected a burning smell. ANA and Japan Airlines ground their entire Dreamliner fleets.

Jan. 16, 2013
The FAA grounds all 787s flown by U.S. airlines. Japanese, Indian and European aviation authorities follow with their own grounding orders.

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