While a few unofficial images of the first 787-9 fuselage have already found their way onto the internet, Boeing has been careful not to show anything official until now. Today Boeing's Randy Tinseth revealed in his blog the first images of the initial structural elements of the first 787-9 coming together in the company's Everett facility. The parts are for LN126, the initial stretch variant, which will also be called ZB001.
The blog shows two views of the horizontal stabilizer, which Tinseth says was delivered to the line some three weeks early from Boeing's Salt Lake site where it was completed and painted following fabrication at the company's Advanced Developmental Composite facility in Tukwila, Washington. The unit, which differs in design from the original Alenia-built stabilizer used in the 787-8, was previously unveiled in its unfinished form in January at Boeing’s new facility in Utah following its arrival from Tukwila. The first complete fuselage for ZB001 is expected to arrive within the next few weeks at Everett from Boeing’s North Charleston facility clearing the way for the start of final assembly by early June.