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Reuters: Hainan Airlines plans to order 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) plans to order 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners according to a report by Reuters. The fast-growing airline will use the new type to expand the number of routes to China. The new aircraft will be delivered starting in 2021.

According to the report, Cai Zhiquan, a brand manager told Reuters, “We’ll be flying from major hubs in China to second- or third-tier cities overseas,” said Cai. “At the same time, we’ll also open up more routes from inland Chinese cities to major hub cities elsewhere.”

Boeing did not comment or confirm the intent to oder.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The larger Boeing 787-9 will complement the existing smaller 787-8 Dreamliners. Boeing 787-8 B-2723 (msn 34944) is pictured on the runway at the Beijing hub.

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KLM postpones its Amsterdam-Edmonton route, delays the delivery of the first two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

KLM 787-9 (14)(Flt)(KLM)(LRW)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is postponing its new route from Amsterdam to Edmonton until further notice. KLM was planning to serve the new destination three times weekly starting on May 5 and four times weekly from June 22.

At present, KLM is negotiating with its trade unions to arrive at new collective labor agreements. As yet, KLM has not reached an agreement.

In other news, KLM has made the decision to defer the 2015 delivery of its first two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners according to Airways News. The delay is due to the on-going negotiations with its unions.

Image: Boeing/KLM.

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Etihad Airways’ James Hogan warns against action that would “restrict competitive choice for travellers”

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has issued this statement from President and CEO James Hogan warning western airlines and governments to not impede Open Skies:

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Open Skies has been “a model of success, generating enormous benefits for travellers and for airlines in the US, the UAE and around the world,” said James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, speaking today at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 14th Annual Aviation Summit in Washington, DC.

In his first public comments since three US airlines launched a campaign against Etihad Airways and other Gulf carriers, Mr Hogan called for reasoned debate based upon facts. He also warned against action which would restrict competitive choice for millions of US and international air travellers in markets which the US airlines have chosen not to serve.

Mr Hogan’s speech laid out the key facts behind Etihad Airways’ growth and its competitive strategy.

“As one of the newest national airlines anywhere in the world, we’ve had to create everything from scratch: every bit of product, every bit of our operations, every bit of our infrastructure,” he said.

“Etihad is a David, a David who’s been facing Goliaths since 2003, when we started. In virtually every market we’ve entered, we’ve had to face existing competitors, with established businesses, established infrastructure, established sales and marketing, established brands, and established customer bases.

“In many cases, those established airlines were gifted amazing infrastructure – airports, terminals, slots, landing rights – over decades.

“To take them on, we’ve had to work harder and we’ve had to work smarter. That’s called competition.

“We’ve been helped by our geographic position. The Gulf is at the centre of today’s trade and travel routes. Today’s aircraft technology and the changing patterns of world trade mean we are positioned strongly for many new and emerging markets.

“We’ve been helped by our blank sheet of paper – no legacy systems, no legacy aircraft, no legacy mindsets.

“And we’ve been pushed hard by the vision and ambition of our shareholder to create a globally competitive airline.”

Mr Hogan said the ‘secret’ behind Etihad Airways’ rapid growth was nothing more than incredible customer service, delivered on modern new aircraft, with world-leading product, at competitive prices, on routes people want to fly.

He also said that Etihad Airways had been more transparent about its business than other airlines.

“Etihad Airways has had a greater focus on reaching and delivering sustainable profitability – we believe – than any other national airline in history,” he said. “We set a timetable to break even within a decade and we beat that target. We’ve delivered a net profit in each of the last three years.

“I say ‘we believe’ because it is surprisingly hard to find financial information about the first one or two decades of national airlines around the world. We get criticized regularly for our so-called lack of transparency but we see few national airlines that were as open in their first stages of development, as we are being in ours.”

As a national airline owned by its government, said Mr Hogan, Etihad Airways is no different than scores of airlines around the world. The airline has always made clear it has received equity investment and shareholder loans, which have been supplemented by US$ 10.5 billion in loans from international financial institutions.

“Our shareholder believes in our business plan. They have increased their commitment as we have developed – they have invested in our success.

“They’ve seen the success we are delivering, both as a business in our own right and as a catalyst for other business, trade and tourism, in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We are now not just an airline but a successful aviation group, incorporating handling, maintenance and distribution capabilities.

“Our shareholder, like any rational shareholder in the world, has made that commitment to us because it expects a return, and as it sees greater success from our business, it sees the opportunity for even greater returns in the future.

“The key word is return.”

Mr Hogan continued by outlining the economic contribution that Etihad Airways delivers to the United States, directly through its daily flights between Abu Dhabi and six US destinations, which the airline serves exclusively, and also through its extensive supply chain partners throughout the country.

“We regard ourselves as a friend of the United States,” he said. “Certainly, the bonds between the UAE and the USA are incredibly strong, and we believe Etihad Airways has always reflected that in our business operations.

“We are major customers of Boeing, of GE, of Sabre, and of many other American businesses. We work with strategic American partners – for example, with Atlas, on developing and improving global cargo operations. We work with US financial institutions, with US tourist boards, with US airports. Our commitment to the US economy supports more than 200,000 jobs.”

He used the example of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight into the United States, which started on Sunday from Abu Dhabi to Washington DC. The aircraft is the second of 71 Dreamliners on order from Boeing, part of total orders of almost 120 aircraft worth more than US$ 36 billion with the American manufacturer.

In addition, he said, Etihad Airways delivered 180,000 travellers onto the networks of US airlines in 2014, and 50,000 in the first two months of 2015.

Mr Hogan finished his speech by saying Open Skies is about customer choice.

“This is ultimately all about consumer choice. Customers choose to fly Etihad Airways because we offer a great product, with outstanding service, on the routes they want to fly, at prices that are competitive within those markets.

“They choose us against many different competitors, depending upon which market we are in. But quite honestly, it is very rare that US carriers offer those alternatives. No US carrier flies into Abu Dhabi. There are very few US carriers operating to where we do in the Indian sub-continent, in south-east Asia, or in the wider Middle East.

“We make no apologies for offering new competitive choice for air travellers. We hope to continue to do so around the world.”

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. On March 15 Etihad Airways commenced daily Washington, D.C. service, marking the US debut of its next generation First, Business and Economy class products. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLA (msn 39646) arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Boeing delivers the first South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliner to United Airlines

United 787-9 N35953 (12)(Grd) CHA (Boeing)(LR)

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility to United Airlines (Chicago). The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.

In the first quarter of 2013, Boeing South Carolina teammates began fabrication, assembly and integration of the aft and mid fuselage sections for the first Boeing 787-9 and delivered them to Everett Final Assembly. In November 2014, work began on the first South Carolina-built 787-9 when the first aft and mid sections were delivered to Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly. The airplane rolled out to the flight line in January 2015 and completed its first flight last month.

“Our customers have told us they love flying on the Dreamliner, and we’re excited to mark yet another first for the aircraft with this delivery from Boeing South Carolina,” said United’s Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur. “We were the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September 2012 and the first to fly 787-9s in September 2014. The Dreamliners have allowed us to fly longer distances with greater fuel efficiency and open new direct routes such as Los Angeles to Melbourne, while providing our customers and employees with a more comfortable flying experience.”

This is the fourth 787-9 for United Airlines, in addition to the 12 787-8s the airline already has in service.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 is designed to fly up more passengers and cargo farther with the same exceptional fuel and environmental performance: 20 percent less fuel use and emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N35953 (msn 36404) was handed over to United today (March 17).

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Virgin Atlantic to introduce the Boeing 787 on the Hong Kong route

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) on July 15 will assign the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the London (Heathrow) – Hong Kong route. The new aircraft will operate daily with the 787-9s replacing the current Airbus A340-600s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VAHH (msn 37967) “Dream Girl” rests between flights at the LHR base.

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LAN Airlines to retire the last Airbus A340-300

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) is getting ready to replace its aging Airbus A340-300s (above) with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (below). The venerable A340s are currently assigned to the long-range Santiago-Auckland-Sydney Southern Hemisphere trans-Pacific route.

The last regularly-scheduled revenue flight is currently scheduled for the morning of April 17 when flight LA 800 arrives from Auckland at 11:35 am (1135) in Santiago. However the A340 may be kept as a reserve aircraft after this last scheduled flight, pending any last minute changes.

The Chilean carrier took delivery of its first stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (CC-BGA) on February 5.

In other news, LAN Airlines on January 27, 2016 will start to operate a weekly Boeing 787 flight on the Santiago-Caracas-Miami (on Wednesdays) route per Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 CC-CQC (msn 363) arrives back at the Santiago (SCL) hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGB (msn 35318) prepares to depart from Paine Field on a test flight on March 6. It is pending delivery to the carrier.

Boeing to also build the 787-9 in South Carolina

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has added Boeing South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliners to the company’s production certificate, PC 700. This allows Boeing to produce and deliver 787-9s from its South Carolina facility. 787-8 production was added to Boeing’s PC 700 certificate in July 2012.

The certificate is issued once an airplane manufacturer has demonstrated to the FAA that its facilities and quality management system meet the agency’s stringent safety and reliability requirements.

The addition of Boeing South Carolina’s 787-9 production to the Boeing production certificate follows a successful FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office audit that validated the site’s compliance with the Boeing Quality Management System.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 787-9 G-VOOH (msn 37968) “Miss Chief” was delivered to Virgin Atlantic on February 4, 2015.

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