Yesterday, an Ethiopian Airlines 787 became the first passenger Dreamliner to take to the skies since the entire fleet was grounded back in January. The flight was operated on the relatively short route from Addis Abada (ADD) – Nairobi (NBO). At a press conference following the landing in Kenya, Boeing announced that 787 deliveries would resume in early May.
So, when can you expect other airlines to re-launch their 787s? Here’s a tentative schedule compiled by reader and 787 enthusiast Mark in SFO:
Air India -> DEL-FRA, DEL-LHR, DEL-CDG May 16th, DEL-BLR & DEL-MAA May 17th, DEL-CCU May 22nd
Ethiopian -> ADD-FRA April 28th, ADD-HRE-LUN May 1st, ADD-DXB May 2nd/May 3rd, ADD-IAD May 4th, ADD-BOM May 16th
JAL -> TBD, likely early-mid June
LAN -> June 1st SCL-LIM-LAX & June 30th SCL-MAD-FRA
LOT -> June 5th WAW-ORD & June 7th WAW-YYZ
NH -> TBD, likely end of May
Qatar -> DOH-LHR May 15th, DOH-MUC May 20th, DOH-FRA May 25th,
United -> IAH-DEN May 31st, DEN-NRT June 10th
Unfortunately, if your planning on redeeming miles for the UA IAH-DEN or DEN-NRT flights, the grounding hasn’t exactly increased award availability. I couldn’t find any business class availability on DEN-NRT for the better part of the year, though economy was quite open.