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Qantas has locked in the delivery date for its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner: it'll arrive into Sydney on the morning of Friday 20 October, after leaving Seattle on Tuesday 18 October and doing a day+night stopover in Hawaii. Expect a major 'hanger event' at the Qantas Sydney Jetbase on Friday morning!
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 30 May 2014
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Great news! I can't wait to see it and hope to try and chase it down on a domestic crew familiarisation flight!
Member since 13 Sep 2016
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Should be an amazing sight as it rolls past the Qantas domestic lounges at T3, I was in the Qantas business lounge when the RetroRo Boeing 737 arrived for a similar hangar ceremony and it was very memorable, everybody was going up to the windows and taking photos. Wonder how QF will handle this flight arriving from overseas but then offloading in a domestic zone?
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
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I know AirNZ like to do Live Streams of such arrivals, I was lucky enough to be present for their Black, first of their new run of A320s, and I watched the live streams of the 773 arrival and the 789. Good times.
Member since 14 Feb 2017
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Wonder if shep's mound will be ready for the event! I think they're fast tracking it to be ready on time, fingers crossed.
Member since 12 Dec 2012
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VH-ZNA is due to be ready for hand over at Boeing Field on Oct 12.ZNB Dec 1ZNC Dec 31ZND Feb 22 2018ZNE Jul 6 2018ZNF Aug 22 2018
Member since 24 Oct 2010
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I can now confirm that Australian Business Traveller will be on the delivery flight for Qantas' first Boeing 787-9, and DeepAvThroat's posted timeline seems spot on at the moment (although we don't have a full itinerary as yet).
PaulST: you should have plenty of chances to get onto the Dreamliner between its delivery and the start of Merlbourne-Los Angeles services – we're hearing the Dreamliner will be doing extensive domestic runs throughout November and early December.
With the KIX announcement, it seems that they'll be using 787s on domestic routes between MEL-LAX flights to free up an A330 to go to Osaka.
Member since 16 Jun 2011
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In that case, being based in Perth for the moment, I can look forward to some weekend mystery flights if I chase last minute 787 flights :)
Member since 10 Apr 2013
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New 787 delivery dates for number 7 and 87.ZD-ZNGLine Number:774Variable Number:ZB275Assembled:EverettDelivery:9th November 20188.ZD-ZNHLine Number:778Variable Number:ZB277Assembled:EverettDelivery:20th November 2018
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