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Vietnam Airlines releases photos of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, London Heathrow to be the first destination

Vietnam 787-9 VN-A861 (assembly) PAE (Vietnam)(LR)

Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) has released photos of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The pictured 787-9 VN-A861 (msn 35151) has been rolled out of the assembly building at Paine Field (below) and is awaiting the final painting in the new 2014 livery. The aircraft has Boeing line number of 303. Vietnam Airlines will introduce the new type to London (Heathrow) later this year.

Vietnam 787-9 VN-A861 (roll out) PAE (Vietnam)(LR)

Vietnam Airlines issued this statement and these photos:

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The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for Vietnam Airlines has completed the final assembly processes. The aircraft is now in the hangar and waiting for its livery.

In the middle of the year, Vietnam Airlines will be the first Asian carrier to fly the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Europe from Asia. Heathrow is the first international airport to be chosen to operate the new fleet.

Vietnam Airlines will introduce both the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 787-9 in the same year.

Vietnam 787-9 VN-A861 (tail) PAE (Vietnam)(LR)

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Virgin Atlantic to bring the Boeing 787-9 to Chicago

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the London (Heathrow) – Chicago (O’Hare) starting on April 27. The new type will be operated daily according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VOOH (msn 37968) is named “Miss Chief” and was handed over by Boeing on February 4, 2015.

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Coming in the fall: ANA to introduce a R2-D2 Star Wars Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner logo jet

All Nippon Airways (ANA) (Tokyo) announced today it will introduce Star Wars livery, with the iconic R2-D2, on its newest aircraft 787-9 Dreamliner (drawings show the upcoming Boeing 787-9 JA873A, msn 34530) to mark the beginning of a five-year ANA Star Wars™ Project and agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.* This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft. The R2-D2 design was unveiled to Star Wars fans today at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, just months prior to the character’s appearance on international flights** in autumn of this year.

ANA 787-9 Star Wars 1 (ANA)(LR)

The Star Wars livery is in line with ANA’s strategy to further enhance its international presence. Last spring, the carrier significantly expanded its international flight network from Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo. With demand increasing around the world for flights to Japan and routes linking the United States with Asia, ANA is committed to raising the profile of the ANA brand in the global market through innovative partnerships and branding opportunities. The partnership with Star Wars, beloved by audiences in Japan and around the globe, is a perfect match as Japan’s largest airline seeks to connect travelers around the world through this project.

ANA 787-9 Star Wars 2 (ANA)(LR)

“We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world’s leading 5-star airlines,” said Kayleen Walters, Vice President, Marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd. “We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We’re confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design.”

ANA 787-9 Star Wars 3 (ANA)(LR)

“ANA boasts an extensive international network, along with convenient connections between the U.S. and a wide variety of destinations throughout Asia,” said Takashi Shiki, ANA Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Although it’s a lofty goal, we hope that like Star Wars, ANA will become well known and loved across all borders and generations. The R2-D2 motif works well with ANA’s blue logo design on the aircraft’s fuselage, and many people associate R2-D2 with competent and reliable service—also hallmarks of ANA’s 5-star service. We are particularly delighted to introduce this collaboration now as we prepare to launch our new international service from Tokyo to Houston in June, making it our 10th North American destination. Through the introduction of the new Star Wars livery we hope to welcome more passengers from around the world to experience ANA as the Inspiration of Japan.”

ANA 787-9 Star Wars diagram (ANA)(LR)

All images by ANA.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (official trailer):

Brilliant idea ANA. Well done.

Below: R2-D2 from Star Wars.

ANA Star Wars R2-D2

AeroMexico to lease one Boeing 787-9 from ALC

Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) has announced a long term lease agreement with AeroMexico (Mexico City) for one new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. This aircraft is from ALC’s order book with Boeing and is scheduled for delivery in fall 2016.

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Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. AeroMexico will take delivery of the first stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2016 and the new type will replace the existing and aging two Boeing 767-300 ERs. The new 787-9s will operate along with the current smaller 787-8 Dreamliners. The pictured 787-8 N964AM (msn 35307) lands in London (Heathrow).

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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

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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:

Etihad CEO James Hogan

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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Photo Above and Video: Etihad Airways. Nicole Kidman is now promoting Etihad Airways with new commercials: