Friday, July 10, 2015

Paine Field July 10

ZB173 United Airlines 787-9 N45956 back from a B1 flight.

N45956 was rolled out of the 40-24 on June 16.

ZB079 Etihad Airways 787-9 A6-BLC departing on a B1 flight.

ZA824 American Airlines 787-8 N807AA departing on a C1 customer flight with 15 on board. Silk Way West Airlines 747-8F VQ-BWY at the fuel dock was moved to stall 204 this afternoon.

WE491 Saudi Arabian Airlines 777 HZ-AK28 departing on a B1 flight. Scheduled for a ferry flight to Portland on Saturday for painting.

FedEx 767 line 1085 was moved out of the 45-01 paint hangar tonight.


  1. The time between roll-out (06-16) to the B-1 flight for N45956, ZB173, suggests that the factory boys (and girls) are meeting the up-ramp demands with considerable grace. Most reports suggest that the mandatory B-1 and C-1 flights prove the airplane worthy (except for Qatar, aka gutter) and roll-out, to paint, to B-1, C-1 and fly-away is often done in about 3 weeks, often a bit less. That is seriously impressive!!
    For about the third time, can you please explain at least some of the tests and patters that are conducted during standard B-1 and C-1 flights. (The audio channel is not much help.)
    The other question is about those 'terrible teens,' a handful of early production airframes that do not meet the weight and performance standards - and remain parked on the leased runway. Are they making progress with these frames, or have they simply given up? If you know the details, please speak up. If you don't know, that too is a perfectly fair response. I guess you just don't like to repond to anyone! (and you wonder why you have to beg for operating funds...) For whatever you can respond to, thank you. -C.

    1. Re the early build aircraft, Ethiopian are taking six (Line numbers 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18), and Air Austral are taking two (Line numbers 15, 22). Line numbers 4, 5, 17, 19 are still homeless at this stage. See on the blog

  2. The terrible teens have been sold to Ethiopian Airlines and Air Austral mostly with only a couple remaining to be sold. As deliveries on these airframes are not in the very near future I don't think too much work is being done on them. You can follow these airframes and all the others on