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Air Tahiti Nui set to become a new Boeing customer, will finalize an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

Air Tahiti Nui (Papeete) is switching to Boeing for its long-range needs. The airline has announced it is committed to finalizing an order for two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The new type will replace its aging fleet of Airbus A340-300s (above and below).

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Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing is pleased that Air Tahiti Nui has announced a commitment to purchase two 787-9 Dreamliners (below). The order, valued at $514 million at current list prices, will be posted on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website when finalized.

Above Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789EX (msn 41988) lands at Boeing Field.

Air Tahiti Nui, the flag-carrier for French Polynesia, has headquarters in Papeete and operates from Faa’a International Airport on the island of Tahiti.

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Qatar Airways is coming to Durban, South Africa

Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced a major expansion in South Africa with the launch of a new destination Durban while simultaneously increasing its weekly frequencies to Johannesburg. The airline will also increase its weekly frequency to Cape Town going up from five flights a week to a daily service.

Effective from December 17, 2015, the airline will launch four new weekly flights to Durban via Johannesburg bringing the total frequency to Johannesburg up from 10 weekly flights to a double-daily service.

From October 1, 2015, Qatar Airways will be operating daily flights to Cape Town ahead of the busy 2015/16 winter travel season, an increase from five weekly flights this winter.

Durban will be Qatar Airways’ third route to South Africa following Johannesburg and Cape Town, both of which started in January 2005. All three routes will be operated with its 254-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCK (msn 38329) arrives in Brussels.

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Royal Air Maroc to introduce the new Boeing 787 on the New York route on Sunday

Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca), the national airline of Morocco, marks a milestone with the launch of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

The airline continues:

The new, super efficient 274-seat aircraft will depart on its inaugural 6.5-hour flight from Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca (CMN) to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on February 22.

This launch marks the first of two 787-8s that will be dedicated to trans-Atlantic flights between the U.S. and Morocco. Royal Air Maroc’s new planes feature 18 Business Class seats in a 2-2 layout, and 256 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 787-8, the pictured CN-RGB (msn 43817) was handed over to the carrier on December 31, 2014 and had been operating to Paris (Orly).

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Hainan Airlines to fly to China from Boston and San Jose, California

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) today announced it plans to begin three new nonstop routes between the United States and China. Service will be inaugurated from Silicon Valley’s Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to Beijing on June 15, from Boston’s Logan Airport to Shanghai’s Pudong Airport on June 20, and as previously reported, from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Shanghai Pudong on June 22.

Mainland China’s only certified Skytrax five-star airline will operate two-class Boeing 787 Dreamliners on between San Jose and Beijing five days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with early afternoon departure times. Service between Boston and Shanghai will operate thrice weekly: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with afternoon times. Between Seattle and Shanghai, using a two-class Airbus A330-200, the airline will operate four days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with midday departure times.

From Boston, flights will depart at 4:25 pm (1625) and arrive Shanghai at 7:35 pm (1935) the following day. Return flights will depart Shanghai at 11:45 am (1145) and arrive Boston at 2:25 pm (1425) the same day. Flight time is 15 hours ten minutes westbound and 14 hours forty minutes eastbound.

The new flights from San Jose represent the first ever nonstop service between Mainland China and Silicon Valley. Flights will depart San Jose International Airport at 1:10 pm (1310) and arrive Beijing at 4:40 pm (1640) the following day. Return flights will depart Beijing at 2:30 pm (1430) and arrive San Jose at 11:10 am (1110) the same day. Flight time is 12 ½ hours westbound and 11 hours 40 minutes eastbound.

Cargo service is offered on all flights.

Service on the existing Beijing routes to and from Boston, Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago (O’Hare) will increase to daily on May 1, 2015. Hainan Airlines also operates daily between Toronto, Canada and Beijing.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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Avianca brings the Boeing 787 to Sao Paulo, outlines its upcoming 787 routes

Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) landed for the first time in Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo on February 11 at 6:50 am. Coming from Bogota, Colombia, the aircraft is one of two that will make four daily flights between the two cities.

Avianca recently received four Boeing 787s, a total of 15 to be delivered over the next three years. The four new aircraft will serve routes that include, in addition to São Paulo and Bogota, Buenos Aires, New York, Santiago (Chile), Mexico, and, from June, Madrid, Barcelona and London (Heathrow).

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. N780AV (msn 37502) was delivered on December 17, 2014.

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