Boeing Donates Its First Dreamliner to Nagoya Airport

By Paul Riegler on 8 July 2015
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One of the 787 Dreamliner test fleet, ZA003, in Dallas

One of the 787 Dreamliner test fleet, ZA003, in Dallas

Boeing announced it has donated the first 787-8 Dreamliner, a flight test airplane, to Centrair International Airport in Nagoya.

The aircraft, ZA001, is one of three original 787-8 Dreamliners used for flight testing and is the last to be donated.  Boeing previously gave ZA002 to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, and ZA003 to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.  ZA001 first flew on December 15, 2009, effectively launching the Dreamliner test program.  It performed a variety of ground and flight tests including aerodynamics, flight controls, and systems performance.

Japan is the largest customer base of 787s in the world.  Both launch customer ANA and Japan Airlines fly the fuel-efficient airliner and have placed 128 orders for it.

Centrair International Airport was built on an artificial island in Ise Bay, Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Nagoya in central Japan.  It is the only airport in the world, according to Boeing, from which both the 787’s main wing and fuselage sections are flown to the airframe manufacturer’s final assembly plants in the United States using the Dreamlifter, a modified Boeing 747 cargo aircraft.

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