Aircraft delivery can occur in two cases. The first case is when a new aircraft was built and is delivered to a customer for the first time. The second case is during lease transitions when an aircraft that was already in operations for some time gets redelivered to a new owner.
The delivery phase is spread over four or five days on average, dependent upon the aircraft programme. A standard delivery procedure takes place as follows:
Day 1: Ground checks: external surfaces, bays and cabin visual inspection, static aircraft system and cockpit checks, engine tests.
Day 2: Acceptance flight: checks during flight of all aircraft systems (including cabin systems) and aircraft behaviour in the whole flight envelope.
Day 3: Physical rework or provision of solutions for all technical and quality obstacles open in delivery.
Day 4: Completion of technical acceptance allowing the issuance of the Certificate of Airworthiness.
Day 5: The aircraft changes owner. Preparation of the aircraft for the ferry flight to its home base.