Air Canada (Montreal) today announced that it will operate daily flights between Toronto -Pearson and Tokyo-Haneda (Tokyo International Airport) beginning on July 1, 2014 using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new year-round service will be both the only nonstop flight between Canada and Tokyo-Haneda, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo, and the first daytime flight to Tokyo-Haneda from North America . This is the first deployment of Air Canada’s Dreamliner — featuring the airline’s new seating and cabin amenities — in the Asian market. The new route will complement Air Canada’s existing flights to Tokyo Narita International Airport from Toronto , Calgary and Vancouver .
Air Canada will begin taking delivery of 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in spring 2014, further raising the bar in customer comfort. The aircraft features a brand new contemporary décor and three cabins of service, International Business with 180-degree lie-flat pod seating, Premium Economy and Economy. It also offers an extensive choice of in-flight entertainment on enhanced-definition, seat-back touch screens along with power outlets and USB ports available for all customers.
Tickets for Toronto -Tokyo-Haneda go on sale starting December 10, 2013 with service beginning July 1, 2014 .
|AC 005||Toronto at 13:00||Tokyo-Haneda at 14:55 (plus one day)|
|AC 006||Tokyo-Haneda at 17:40||Toronto at 16:40|
With the new Tokyo-Haneda route, the fifth Asian airport to be served from our Toronto hub, Air Canada will offer the most flights of any airline between Canada and Japan with service from three Canadian cities:
- Daily Toronto – Narita service.
- Three times weekly Calgary – Narita nonstop service, increasing up to daily service during summer 2014.
- Daily Vancouver – Narita nonstop service.
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Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) (Brussels) and Boeing on December 3 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787-8 (OO-JDL, msn 34425) named “Diamond” (above). The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett on Tuesday on its delivery flight to Brussels.
The 787 is scheduled to begin flying short and medium haul Jetairfly routes in early December and long haul routes between Christmas and the New Year.
Jetairfly is part of the TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in the world.
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Air Canada (Montreal) announced today it will take delivery of the first of 37 Boeing 787Dreamliner aircraft in the spring of 2014, as it continues to renew its fleet of wide-body aircraft.
As the planes are gradually introduced into its fleet, the airline will offer a preview of its new Dreamliner service on some domestic and trans-Atlantic flights on a temporary basis this spring
Beginning in July 2014, the first route that the Dreamliner will operate will be Air Canada’s Toronto (Pearson)-Tel Aviv route.
Air Canada plans to take delivery of the first of 15 787-8 series aircraft in the spring. The first delivery of 22 larger capacity 787-9 series aircraft is planned for July 2015. All 37 Boeing 787 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019.
Air Canada is premiering its brand new international cabin design and seating that the airline will feature on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The airline will take delivery of the first of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft in the spring of 2014.
Air Canada will provide three cabins of service on board its Boeing 787 Dreamliners highlighted by a brand new contemporary decor and comfortable ergonomic seating that features 180-degree lie-flat seats in its International Business Class cabin. An extensive choice of in-flight entertainment on enhanced definition seat back touch screens will be available for all customers along with power outlets and USB ports.
Beginning in July 2014 , the first Air Canada route to be operated with 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring the new cabin interior and amenities will be the carrier’s Toronto – Tel Aviv route.
As the first three 787 aircraft are gradually introduced into the Air Canada fleet in the spring of 2014, the airline will offer a preview of its new Dreamliner service on select domestic Canada and trans-Atlantic flights on a temporary basis.
Contemporary New Cabin Design
With the introduction of the 787 Dreamliner into its widebody fleet, Air Canada is unveiling a contemporary, sophisticated cabin design in a palette of slate grey and neutral tones with accents of Canadian red and celeste blue.
The interior decor, cabin architecture and seating in all three cabins – International Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy – have been designed to provide customers with an exceptional travel experience.
Highlights of Air Canada’s new International Business Class cabin on the 787 Dreamliner include 20 lie-flat Executive Pods with an adjustable pneumatic cushion system that can be extended into a fully flat sleeping position 80 inches in length. New features that enhance the airline’s award-winning International Business cabin include:
- An adjustable pneumatic cushion headrest offers a massage feature, unique for an airline in business class.
- The personal entertainment screen with touch handset, at 18 inches, is the largest offered by a North American airline in business class. Universal power and USB outlets are available at each seat.
- Air Canada is also debuting a new espresso and cappuccino service for International Business Class customers featuring Lavazza coffee freshly brewed onboard.
- A 1-2-1 configuration guarantees direct aisle access with window views featuring the largest windows of any aircraft flying today.
Air Canada’s Premium Economy cabin on the 787 Dreamliner has 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration providing 38-inch legroom and generous 19.5-inch seat width and 7-inch recline. Each seat is equipped with a 9- or 11-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen, as well as universal power and USB outlets. Air Canada’s Premium Economy cabin service, unique in North America , offers premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.
Air Canada’s Economy cabin has 210 slimline seats in a 3-3-3 configuration providing personal space consistent with the comfort of Air Canada’s current Economy cabin. Each seat is equipped with a 9-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen with USB outlet and a universal power outlet available at arm’s reach.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner: A New Generation in Comfort and Fuel Efficiency
Boeing is the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials in the construction of its airframe, allowing for significant fuel efficiencies, a more economical long flying range and an enhanced passenger experience with less impact on the environment. Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier to order this new generation aircraft.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767 aircraft it will replace.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner provides passengers with an unparalleled passenger experience:
- A quieter, smoother flight, lower cabin pressure, higher humidity levels and ambient mood lighting contribute to a more rested feeling upon arrival;
- Windows are 30 per cent larger than those on most similarly sized airplanes and feature an electrochromatic electronic dimming system;
- A more spacious interior cabin design featuring larger overhead bins;
- Cleaner air continuously circulating through an advanced filtration system.
Air Canada will take delivery of the first of 15 787-8 aircraft in spring 2014. The first delivery of 22 larger capacity 787-9 aircraft is planned for July 2015 . All 37 Boeing 787 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019.
As Air Canada takes delivery of new widebody aircraft for its mainline fleet, current Boeing 767 and Airbus A319 aircraft will be transferred to its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge.
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 67 cities in Europe , the Middle East , Asia , Australia , the Caribbean , Mexico and South America . Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance , the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,328 destinations in 195 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year.
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United Airlines (Chicago) is revealing plans today at its Investor Day conference in New York City to reduce costs, increase revenue and enhance profitability while delivering competitive reliability and excellent customer service.
United’s 2013 Investor Day will begin today at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live, listen-only webcast of the presentations and question and answer session will be available at ir.united.com. The webcast will be available for replay within 24 hours of the conference call and then archived on the website for a limited time.
Improve financial performance
The company has launched initiatives to reduce costs by $2 billion annually. The plan includes reducing fuel consumption, increasing productivity, reducing sourcing costs, improving maintenance processes and inventory procedures, and optimizing distribution methods. United aims to increase pre-tax earnings by two to four times the current level over the next four years and to generate sufficient cash to begin allocating capital to shareholders by 2015. This is in addition to the company’s existing goal of achieving a 10 percent return on invested capital.
United plans to increase ancillary revenue by approximately $700 million, with a goal of generating more than $3.5 billion in ancillary revenue by 2017. The company expects to achieve this growth by giving customers new options, optimizing pricing on existing products and expanding availability of ancillary products through additional distribution channels.
“Today we are announcing plans to significantly improve our efficiency, profitability and capital structure, making United a stronger, more investable business,” said John Rainey, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Further optimize the network
United is building on its strengths by leveraging its trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic joint ventures to further develop its unmatched route network. The company expects to improve results on its trans-Pacific network by redeploying certain widebody aircraft, including beginning a second daily Houston (Bush Intercontinental)-Tokyo service, subject to government approval, and eliminating Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo flying. United also will eliminate Tokyo-Bangkok Boeing 747 service and down-gauge Tokyo-Seoul flights, reallocating those long-haul aircraft to more profitable routes. ANA, United’s trans-Pacific joint venture partner, will provide the appropriate amount of the beyond-Tokyo connectivity for United’s trans-Pacific flights.
The company will use its highly efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to provide service to new markets, including previously announced service from San Francisco, the premier Pacific gateway, to Chengdu, China, subject to government approval. This is in addition to new Boeing 777-200 ER service effective March 29 from San Francisco to Taipei. The company will capitalize on its ability to serve growing secondary markets in Asia directly from the United States, similar to its successful strategy serving secondary European markets non-stop from its East Coast hubs.
Using aircraft previously operated on intra-Asia routes, United is also building its trans-Atlantic flying with new service from Houston to Munich and new seasonal routes from Washington Dulles to Madrid and Chicago O’Hare to Edinburgh. The new Munich and Madrid service is subject to government approval. Additionally, United will introduce all-widebody service to the Newark-London Heathrow route during the summer peak season, nearly doubling the number of flat-bed seats on each upgraded flight.
Introduce next phase e-commerce strategy
The company is launching the next phase of its successful e-commerce strategy, which provides an aligned set of tools that better address the needs of today’s mobile traveler. In addition to the new mobile app launched last week, United today previewed the new united.com. These enhancements will build on the company’s strong e-commerce platforms by providing clear, customized shopping and booking experiences, expanding opportunities for ancillary product and service sales and increasing ticket penetration through direct digital channels.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. United banking heavily on the Boeing 787 for the future. The company is also downsizing its presence at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which Delta Air Lines is back filling. Boeing 787-8 N27901 (msn 34821) is locked into position at Los Angeles International Airport ready for its run down the runway.
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Boeing (Chicago) and TUI Travel PLC (London) have completed an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners. The deal, worth $424 million at current list prices, extends TUI Travel’s 787 commitment to 15 airplanes. TUI took delivery of its first 787-8 Dreamliner in May and now has four airplanes in service with Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester).
TUI Travel originally ordered the 787 in February 2005. Currently, the Group’s subsidiary Thomson Airways is using the airplane on such routes as Thailand, Caribbean and the Maldives.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-TUIC (msn 34424) taxies at the Turkish resort of Antalya.
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Boeing (Chicago) is currently repairing the damaged Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) at London’s Heathrow Airport. As previously report, the new airliner was damaged by fire on July 12, 2013.
According to this report by The Seattle Times, Boeing’s repair team is gluing a giant composite plastic skin patch inside a temporary building surrounding the rear section of the aircraft. The tail has been removed.
Boeing builds the fuselage as a single piece so this repair is very delicate and intricate for this new technology. The repairs should take five weeks.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Read the initial report of the fire: CLICK HERE
Follow-up report on the fire by the AAIB: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. ET-AOP is undergoing this delicate repair inside this specially-designed and fabricate housing which surrounds the rear fuselage.
Air India‘s (Mumbai) Boeing 787-8 VT-ANO (msn 36286) while being operated on flight AI 803 from Delhi to Bangalore with 148 passengers and crew members, lost a 4′ x 8′ panel while en route between the two cities on October 12, 2013. The troubled airliner made a safe emergency landing at Bangalore. The panel has since been repaired and the aircraft is back in service according to The Times of India.
VT-ANO was delivered to Air India on October 4, 2013.
Read the full article: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Soon to be delivered Boeing 787-8 VT-ANG (msn 36275) Completes a test flight at Paine Field near Everett.
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Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) is demanding repairs from Boeing on a newly delivered Boeing 787-8 after the 787 suffered repeated maintenance breakdowns according to this report by Reuters.
Norwegian Long Haul will again lease an Airbus A340 from Hifly to maintain its schedules and will not take re-delivery of the 787 until it is more reliable according to the report.
Meanwhile Boeing is stationing a 787 repair crew in Stockholm, Sweden to handle any maintenance issues. The broken 787 is still located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
For the 787 to be a successful airliner, it must be reliable. Right now that is in question. For small, but fast-growing carriers like Norwegian, reliability is paramount as it does not have the luxury of a spare aircraft when one breaks, in this case often.
Read the analysis of the problem by Reuters: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian is again leasing an Airbus A340 from Hifly to fill the gap while the 787 is repaired. On the first round when the 787 delivery was delayed, the pictured Hifly A340-313X CS-TQY (msn 190) wore a red norwegian.com banner on the lower fuselage.
AeroMexico (Mexico City) yesterday (September 24) introduced its new Boeing 787-8 on the Mexico City-New York (JFK) route. AM is now operating its flights AM 0409 and AM 0408 from New York to Mexico City with its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with the following schedule:
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|AM 0409||1440||1850||Daily||AM 0408||0725||1300||Daily|
The schedules are published in each country’s local time and are subject to changes without notice.
According to the airline, “the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has unique technological and structural advances in its type. The cabins are configured with 32 seats with a 180 degree “full flat bed” tilt in Clase Premier, y 211 cutting edge seats with greater space in the Economy cabin. The aircraft is also equipped with Sky Interiors Led lighting and outfitted with significantly larger windows for its kind of airplane, with pressurization features that reduce fatigue during the flight”
This new airplane is also equipped with personal entertainment systems with 16 inch Elite High Definition Panasonic screens in Clase Premier and Eco Monitor touch screens in the Economy cabin, where passengers can enjoy watching a wide variety of films and TV series. It also features the Moving Maps system that offers real time flight information the Jukebox software that allows users to program playlists with the 1,500 songs the system offers; iConnect to synchronize iPods with the entertainment system and the Seat Chat feature passengers can use to chat with each other on the same airplane, among many other advances.
The AeroMexico 787 operates with General Electric GEnx-1B engines whose structure is made of carbon fiber, plus high efficiency systems and equipment that serves to maximize operating and maintenance costs. All of this translates into significant benefits in environmental terms as this new airplane significantly reduces pollution levels with its lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and lower takeoff and landing noise pollution.
By operating the Boeing 787-8, AeroMexico becomes one of the first 14 carriers in the world to operate the new type.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. AeroMexico’s first Boeing 787-8 N961AM (msn 35306) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett.
Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Norwegian Long Haul) (Oslo) is suffering with technical issues with its two delivered Boeing 787-8s and has called in Boeing to fix the problems according to this report by Reuters. Norwegian has been forced to ground the two 787s several times in recent weeks, due to problems with brakes, hydraulic pumps and power issues.
One of the 787s remains grounded in Oslo today due to problems with the oxygen supply to the cockpit.
Norwegian Long Haul is depending on the 787 to expand its long haul international route map. As reported, Norwegian plans to launch new routes between Scandinavia and Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK) and Orlando (MCO) in the spring of 2014. At the same time Norwegian will launch a new route between New York (JFK) and Copenhagen.
Norwegian continues to launch new intercontinental routes as it takes delivery of more 787s.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Oslo) continues its long-range expansion and is launching new routes from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Los Angeles (twice-weekly starting March 2, 2014) and San Francisco (twice-weekly starting on May 3, 2014). Additionally, the carrier will launch nonstop services between Copenhagen and Los Angeles (twice-weekly starting on March 1, 2014) and New York (twice-weekly starting February 28, 2014), along with Oslo and Los Angeles (weekly starting on June 1, 2014) , Oakland (three flights a week starting on May 28, 2014) and Orlando (MCO) (twice weekly starting on May 29, 2014).
Meanwhile, the company is increasing its capacity between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Copenhagen, from two to three flights a week. In addition, Norwegian is adding a new direct route to New York (JFK) from Copenhagen.
Norwegian started flying long haul services in May and now offers six flights a week between Scandinavia and New York (JFK) and five weekly flights between Scandinavia and Bangkok. In November, the company will start flights to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood from Stockholm (Arlanda), Copenhagen and Oslo.
Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 787-8 EI-LNB (msn 35305) was delivered on August 25, 2013 and will soon have a famous person on the tail.
British Airways (London) today announced that it will launch a new service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London Heathrow beginning in early March 2014. This will be the first regular trans-Atlantic flight for the city of Austin.
British Airways will operate a Boeing 787 aircraft five days a week, increasing to daily flights later in the year. Seats and vacation packages are available for purchase at ba.com beginning today.
The new service will have three cabins, Club World (business), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy). The cabins feature stylish new interiors with state-of-the-art entertainment systems. British Airways provides meals, snacks and beverages, including full service bar for free. Customers can also benefit from a generous baggage allowance.
This marks British Airways’ third destination in Texas, with the airline also serving Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Business and leisure travelers will fly into the modern Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport with fast connections to the city or easy transfer to onward destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJB (msn 38610) lands back at Everett (Paine Field) before it was handed over to British Airways.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has leased three additional Boeing 787-8s boasting its fleet to 13. The airline is already operating a fleet of five. Despite the problems and grounding with the new type, which affected earnings, the airline wants to add more 787s beyond the 13 according to a report by The Economic Times.
Read the full story from The Economic Times: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) lands at Stockholm (Arlanda).
British Airways (London) is preparing to introduce the new Boeing 787-8 on its first long-haul route from London (Heathrow) to Toronto (Pearson) on September 1. The airline has released this statement for the impending new long distance service:
British Airways is debuting its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with an inaugural long-haul flight between London (Heathrow) and Toronto (Pearson) on September 1 . The flight will arrive from London on Sunday afternoon at 14:55 local time and depart the same evening at 19:20, marking the first long-haul service for the airline’s new fleet.
Canadians will now be able to enjoy new levels of comfort and reduced jet-lag on their trips to Europe thanks to improvements in air quality, mood lighting, quieter cabins, and lower air pressure. The Dreamliner will fly exclusively between Toronto and London in September and beginning in October, between New York and London .
British Airways plans to add 24 new Dreamliner 787s to its fleet over the next four years. This is part of the airline’s investment of more than £5 billion worldwide in new aircrafts, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
The new aircraft accommodates 214 passengers, 35 in Club World (business class), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy). The three newly designed cabins feature high quality materials, comfortable seats and increased bag storage. Customers in British Airways Club World cabin can take advantage of wide, full-flat beds and Club Kitchen, a snack bar open throughout the flight.
The 787 also has the largest windows of any commercial airliner, offering customers views of the horizon from every seat. Instead of pull down blinds, each one has its own dimmer switch.
British Airways’ 787 is fitted with the airline’s new Thales entertainment system. Each seat features a television screen and customers can choose from more than 700 hours of movies, TV and music, including 230 TV programs, 70 movies and 400 music albums and interactive games. Travelers can also communicate and play games with friends elsewhere on the aircraft using an in-seat chat system.
As part of its Dreamliner launch, British Airways has partnered with Toronto International Film Festival (T.I.F.F.) sponsor Variety. As part of the airline’s commitment to the entertainment industry, British Airways will co-present the magazine’s popular studio at the festival. Visitors to theVariety Studio will experience signature elements of the British Airways Dreamliner service.
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJA (msn 38609) departs from Stockholm (Arlanda).
United Airlines (Chicago) today applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin nonstop service linking the airline’s San Francisco hub with Chengdu, China, the fourth-largest Chinese city, effective June 9, 2014.
United intends to use the world’s most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, to operate three-times-weekly service to Chengdu. If approved, Chengdu will be the ninth destination United serves in the Asia/Pacific region nonstop from San Francisco, from which United offers more nonstop trans-Pacific flights from the United States than any other carrier – nearly twice as many as any airline from any West Coast city.
The proposed flights, subject to government approval, will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:35 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 6:50 p.m. the following day (all times local). Service from Chengdu will depart at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 8:50 a.m. the same day. Flying times will be approximately 14 hours, 15 minutes westbound and 13 hours, 50 minutes eastbound. This new nonstop flight will shave nearly four hours off the typical travel time between the two cities.
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwest China, is the country’s fourth largest city, with a population of approximately 14 million in the urban area. In recent years, Chengdu has been one of the country’s fastest-developing cities economically, and more than 200 Fortune 500 companies have a presence in the city. Sichuan is famous as the natural habitat of the giant panda and home to one of China’s most popular cuisines.
From San Francisco, United provides access to more than 300 destinations worldwide, with nonstop service to 80 destinations on five continents – more than any other carrier. The airline operates more nonstop China-U.S. flights, and to more cities in China, than any other airline.
United started nonstop service to mainland China in 1986 and today serves Beijing with nonstop flights from Chicago (O’Hare), Newark, San Francisco and Washington (Dulles); Shanghai with nonstop flights from Chicago (O’Hare), Los Angeles, Newark and San Francisco; and Hong Kong with nonstop flights from Chicago (O’Hare), Newark, San Francisco, Guam, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Copyright Photo: KSK/AirlinersGallery.com. United’s Boeing 787-8 N26902 (msn 34822) gracefully climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to expand capacity on routes between Japan, Asia and North America. ANA issued this report:
|ANA Group is set to expand capacity on routes between Japan, Asia and North America in a modification to its international and domestic air transportation plan for second half of FY2013. This expansion will allow the airline to capitalize on the strong demand for travel to Japan and for flights between Asia and North America.On international routes, ANA Group is preparing for the second round of additional takeoff and landing slots for international routes at Haneda Airport. In addition, the airline is increasing the frequency of flights on routes to North America and expanding supply capacity on Asian routes, in line with its strategy to absorb increasing demand for flights to Japan and flights between Asia and North America, transiting in Japan.
These service enhancements will make it more convenient for ANA passengers to travel both domestically and internationally and will improve ANA’s standing as a full-service carrier, further enhancing the Company’s competitive edge.
Details can be found below.
|ANA Group has strengthened its North American route network by increasing flights to New York from October 2012 and by increasing flights to Chicago from September 1. In addition, in order to respond to further increases in demand for flights to Japan and flights between Asia and North America transiting in Japan via the Narita Airport hub, ANA Group will be expanding capacity on Asian routes by introducing larger aircraft.(1) Introduction of Boeing 787-8 on Asian routes
*All 14 flights will be operated by B787-8 from Sunday, October 27, 2013
The premium economy seats and services which have proved extremely popular on Boeing 777-300 ER long-haul international flights (routes to Europe and North America) will be sequentially introduced on to 787* flights.
From September 1, 2013, premium economy service will begin on the Haneda = Frankfurt route, and will subsequently be introduced sequentially onto other routes.
|ANA Group is planning, at the end of fiscal year 2013, to retire all Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which have served for many years as the Group’s mainstay aircraft model, principally on major routes. For Cargo flights, ANA Group is launching two new routes from Sunday, October 27, 2013. The routes are Narita=Guangzhou and Okinawa=Qingdao, both operated by Boeing 767-300F . Tokyo(Narita)=Guangzhou will serve from above date until Monday, March 3, 2014.
Furthermore, at the end of fiscal 2013, ANA will be taking delivery of its tenth Boeing 767-300F dedicated cargo aircraft, with the aim of expanding cargo business.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA’ Boeing 787-8 JA815A (msn 40899) taxies at Paine Field near Everett, WA.
British Airways enlists model Lisa Snowdon to help promote the first long-haul route for the new Boeing 787 to Toronto
British Airways (London) will introduce its new Boeing 787-8 on the London (Heathrow)-Toronto (Pearson) route on September 1. It never hurts to have a beautiful model help an airline to promote a new type that has been mentioned in some recent headlines. BA issued this press release and photo:
With just a week to go until British Airways’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner heads on its inaugural long-haul flight to Toronto, DJ and model Lisa Snowdon (pictured) has been testing out the comfort on board the new aircraft.
The 787 will leave Heathrow on its maiden long-haul flight, the BA093 on September 1
Lisa Snowdon, said: “As a breakfast DJ, I know the Importance of a good night’s sleep – so When British Airways invited me to ‘road test’ its new Dreamliner aircraft, I could not resist. Any aircraft did promises reduced jetlag, less dehydration and a smoother journey is a winner, Especially as you arrive feeling refreshed and ready for action. I was really impressed with how it felt spacious and airy, with mood lighting and super comfortable seating to snuggle up in. “
Twenty-four 787s will join the British Airways fleet over the next four years as part of the airline’s £ 5bn investment in products and services for customers. British Airways customers will be so fashionable to enjoy flying on the world’s largest passenger aircraft from September When the first of twelve A380s the airline has ordered begins flights Free to Los Angeles.
The 787 offers huge benefits to British Airways customers – including a whisper-quiet cabin Pressurised 2,000 ft lower than other aircraft (6,000 ft), Allowing customers to arrive at Their destination feeling more refreshed and less jet-lagged.
The aircraft’s so smooth ride technology Provides additional comfort during any turbulence. Bespoke in every cabin mood lighting can be set to reflect the time of day, helping travelers to lull to sleep at night and to wake them gently in the morning.
Customers can thus enjoy the largest windows of any commercial aircraft, offering views of the horizon from every seat, or relax watching British Airways’ new in-flight entertainment system, Which features more than 1,600 hours of programming.
British Airways’ year round lead-in return fares to Toronto on the three-cabin 787 start from
£ 566 in World Traveller (economy), £ 1.028 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and £ 2.856 in Club World (business class).
Copyright Photo: British Airways.
Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), investing the on-board fire on Ethiopian Airlines’ parked Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP at London Heathrow Airport, has issued a Special Bulletin on the incident. CLICK HERE to read the full report.
According to Reuters, the AAIB reported the the “fire occurred in the upper portion of the rear fuselage where the 787′s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) device, made by U.S. firm Honeywell is located.
There are no other aircraft system in this area of the plane which, with the aircraft unpowered, contained stored energy capable of causing such a fire, the British agency said.
The AAIB also recommended that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ensure the power is turned off in all Honeywell-made ELT systems in Boeing 787 Dreamliners. A source close to the probe said this could mean removing the ELT’s batteries.”
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) has invited Honeywell to join the investigation team that is looking into the onboard fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines‘ Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) at London’s Heathrow Airport on July 12, 2013. The Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) is now under review as a possible source of the fire (along with other components) that singed the outer fuselage skin of the airliner at the upper rear fuselage line near the tail.
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has classified the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) fire at London Heathrow Airport on Friday (July 12) as a “serious incident”. The important statement in the message below is the statement at the end is the heat damage in upper rear fuselage “is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located, and, at this stage, there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship”.
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
Fixing ET-AOP could be a challenge for Boeing: CLICK HERE
The AAIB issued this statement:
Breaking News: Operations suspended after a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines parked Boeing 787 at London Heathrow
Ethiopian Airlines‘ (Addis Ababa) Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) parked at a remote stand (parking spot) at London (Heathrow) was involved in an unspecified on-board fire this afternoon. No passengers were on board the aircraft.
The 787 was grounded in January after several on-board fires involving the battery system. The NTSB was never able to determine the cause of the battery fires. Boeing re-designed a battery containment package system that was approved and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the aircraft returned to the skies in April. It is undetermined if this reported fire involves the battery system.
Airport operations at LHR was suspended briefly due to the fire. Fire equipment were seen surrounding the aircraft at the stand. Fire crews were inspecting the rear cargo compartment (see second video).
According to a Reuters photo, there appears to be a damaged area in the top rear roof area ahead of the tail.
Ethiopian Airlines issued this statement:
Today, Friday, July 12, 2013, smoke was detected from Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft with the registration number ET-AOP, which was parked at London Heathrow Airport for more than eight hours.
The aircraft was empty when the incident was observed.
The cause of the incident is under investigation by all concerned.
Further statements will be issued in due course, as we receive more information.
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
The aircraft has been moved to a hangar and an investigation has started. All airlines continue to operate the aircraft although a Thomson Airways 787 had to return due to a technical problem. Read the full report from the Financial Times: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. ET-AOP in action at Toronto (Pearson) before today’s incident.
Guest Editor Marcelo F. De Biasi.
Flying the Dreamliner #06JUL13 – Welcome to tomorrow
This is a special one. As most out there, having seen the Dreamliner take shape all the way from the very beginning when the airplane was still dubbed 7E7 and looked more like a shark than an actual bird, being able to actually try out the plane that in a sense “we” got to build (remember when Boeing had extensive surveys in place online asking for customer/passenger feedback?) is nothing short of a dream come true. It’s only been a couple of months since I had the chance to see a Dreamliner live – years after its roll-out – and it certainly wasn’t easy finding a good and “cheap” flight that I could book without having to fly abroad. Nevertheless, it required some doing as I had to make my way all the way down to Houston (IAH) in order to see this through. Since the 787 was grounded at the beginning of the year, United Airlines (UA) stopped serving Newark (EWR) with the Dreamliner and didn’t reinstate the flight once the plane was put back into service in June. My options were to fly from IAH to either Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX) or Chicago (ORD). Chicago was the “cheaper” option I also wanted to connect at O’Hare International Airport and finally get to know United’s largest hub. And so my itinerary for a day and half of flying developed into LaGuardia (LGA)-Charlotte (CLT)-IAH (on US Airways on Friday evening), IAH-ORD (the actual Dreamliner flight on United) and finally, ORD-Washington Dulles (IAD)-New York (JFK) (also on United) – the last three flights all on Saturday. Quite an ordeal “just” to try out the Dreamliner. I’m sure a number of people think I’m nuts for doing this (admittedly, sometimes I am).
So, was it worth it? The answer is big fat YES. I would do it all over again. The Dreamliner sets new standards in flying. From a financial/operational efficiency standpoint there is little doubt that the 787 is a game changer and will remain largely unchallenged for some time – yes, the A350-900 has initiated its test flying program, but it is also slightly larger than the 787 and is in fact more in the size category of the 777-200/200ER (where the 787-10 will probably also steal the show now that it has been officially launched).
From a customer perspective, I can tell you that 787 is by far the best airplane in existence today. Its cabin is spacious, elegant, functional, and modern. The windows are larger in area than any other civil aircraft in-service or in development. Window shades no longer exist, these have been replaced with electrochromism-based smart glass that allow passengers (and flight attendants alike) to dim the light to their liking (five levels in total) – and this really works like a charm.
As if the extra spacious feeling in the cabin – unlike anything I’ve experienced on any other plane I’ve flown on so far – wasn’t enough, the more humid cabin is simply perfect. While you might not sense any immediate difference to another airplane, it’s when you connect onto another “normal” airplane afterwards that it hits you and you realize what a difference the cabin of the 787 makes. Quite astonishing. Now, I know that pretty much all of you have at least read about these advanced features – and some of you have already tried the Dreamliner out yourselves and will know what I’m talking about here – but, trust me when I say that Boeing and 787 customers are not exaggerating when they claim that the Dreamliner is tomorrow’s airplane, today.
Setting my “avgeek” mentality aside for a moment, as a regular passenger I would certainly opt for a Dreamliner flight in the future whenever an option is available, particularly if flying long-haul. It sounds a bit extreme, but in all fairness, this is how good of a passenger experience the Dreamliner offers its customers (of course, provided the airline which chooses to operate the 787 doesn’t fit the plane with a 28 inch pitch in Economy Class).
Last but not least, the Dreamliner is also incredibly quiet – almost as silent as the A380 (credit where it’s due).
I also need to say a little something about United. On my 787 flight between IAH and ORD, the onboard service was very good – it was noticeable that the crew was excited about their new “toy”. Nevertheless, only serving beverages (no spirits) on a 2 and a half hour flight in Economy Class (not even peanuts) is not really what you would expect of a traditional legacy carrier. In any case, overall it was a top notch job by the enthusiastic “Dreamliner crew”.
Please enjoy a few photos of the flight – and of that INCREDIBLE looking wing, truly a work of art – and a short video I took of the final approach into Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Video: Landing in ORD
By the way, in case any of you were wondering, the registration of the plane I flew was N27903 (msn 34823), delivered factory fresh to United on December 20, 2012.
Copyright Photos: Marcelo F. De Biasi. All rights reserved.
About the Guest Editor:
What’s there to say about me? I’m just your average “AvGeek”. Having been bitten by the aviation bug shortly after I was born – the first words to come out of my mouth were apparently “VARIG” -, some 11 years ago I decided to make the leap to aviation photography. Occasionally, I’ve also been known to write an article or two about aviation. Aside for my obvious love for aviation, I’m also a regular amateur photographer with a nag for history, international politics, branding & marketing, social media, philosophical questions, Formula 1 and quality hard & heavy rock. Last but not least, I also work for a major network carrier in Network Planning.
IN A NUTSHELL
I’m from: São Paulo, Brazil, currently residing in New York, United States
Favorite Airliner: Boeing 737 Series, Boeing 777 Series, Embraer 190 and 195, MD-11, Lockheed Electra II
Fascinating Airlines: Azul, AirAsia X, Copa Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Emirates, Lufthansa
Memorable Airports: SDU, CGH, HKG, ZRH, DCA, SSA
Hainan Airlines (Hainan Airlines Company Ltd.) (Haikou and Beijing) brought its first 787 Dreamliner aircraft to China on July 7 at 11 a.m., when the pictured 787-8 B-2722 (msn 34939) landed at Haikou Meilan International Airport.
Top Copyright Photo: Jim Arlow. B-2722 stopped at Seattle (Boeing Field) on its long journey between Charleston and Haikou.
The airline issued this statement:
With the delivery completed, Hainan Airlines becomes the second Chinese airline with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner as part of its fleet. At the welcoming ceremony, Hainan Airlines simultaneously kicked off the “Fly Your Dreams” program, during which the airlines will hand out hundreds of 787 Dreamliner air tickets to graduating college students and model workers as well as randomly selected romantically-engaged couples and ordinary citizens free of charge, providing an unparalleled flying experience for the lucky recipients.
Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines. B-2722 in flight.
At 11 a.m., the long-awaited 787 Dreamliner aircraft appeared as a great majestic bird in the distance, grabbing the attention of all present. The golden yellow silhouette of the craft glistened against the azure blue of the sky moments before passing through the “water gate,” washing off the dust accumulated during 13 hours of flight. At last, the plane glided to a smooth stop on the spacious parking apron.
Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines. B-2722 arrives in Haikou and group poses for this historic photo.
Captain Theodore V. Shropshire of Boeing said at the ceremony, “We are excited to witness the maiden flight of Hainan’s first 787 Dreamliner. Boeing remains committed to providing efficient and safe aircraft and technical support for Hainan Airlines. We look forward to more planes from Boeing joining Hainan Airlines’ fleet.”
Copyright Photo: Jim Arlow. Here is the cabin of B-2722.
Hainan Airline’s first two Boeing 787 Dreamliners will initially be used on three domestic routes: Beijing-Haikou and Beijing-Shanghai, and then, following a three-month trial operation along these routes, will become available for North America’s medium- and long-haul international flights including Beijing-Chicago (O’Hare), Beijing-Seattle/Tacoma and Beijing-Toronto (Pearson), further enhancing Hainan Airlines’ global competitiveness. Hainan Airlines’ first 787 will initially be used on the Beijing-Haikou route, sparking a tourism boom between Hainan and Beijing during the summer travel peak season.
Hainan Airlines celebrated its 20th anniversary this year while also launching the “Fly Your Dreams” program. The arrival of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft marked the start of Hainan Airlines’ journey to a new dream.
After the delivery ceremony, Liu Lu announced the start of the 2013 Hainan Airlines 787 “Fly Your Dreams” program. Lin Tao, Deng Xiaogang the leaders from the government of Hainan province and Li Xianhua, the CEO of HNA Group, stepped on stage and inserted a key into a globe, jointly launching the program.
Copyright Photo: Jim Arlow. Another view of the cabin of B-2722.
The program, broken down into five individual segments themed “Student Dream Comes True,” “Travel Dream Comes True,” “Romance Dream Comes True,” “Flying Dream Comes True” and “North American Dream Comes True” will send hundreds of free 787 flight passenger tickets to students from low-income homes who have participated in the recent college entrance exam; locally-based Party members who have performed “above and beyond”; model laborers; air travel aficionados; long distance couples; and ordinary citizens. The program will allow students to travel to their colleges, model laborers to visit Beijing, ordinary citizens to fulfill their dream of flying for the first time, air travel enthusiasts to experience the new 787 and long distance couples a chance to reunite. Passengers can participate in Hainan Airlines’ ” Fly Your Dreams ” program by visiting the company’s official website at www.hnair.com, following Hainan Airlines on the company’s official microblog on Weibo and its official chat account on China’s instant voice messaging app We Chat.
Afterwards HNA’s vice president Huang Qijun handed out the first batch of round trip air tickets between Haikou and Beijing to Hainan-based model workers, who will take the maiden voyage 787 flight to Beijing, realizing their travel dreams.
“Hainan Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner will take its first commercial maiden voyage on July 11. The most important mission of this flight is for the airline to achieve its dream plan and realize that dream through the 787 Dreamliner, while providing a safe and comfortable onboard experience for each traveler achieving their own personal dream by being on the flight,” Liu Lu added.
A Boeing 737-800 made the airline’s first maiden flight between Haikou and Beijing 20 years ago, and now the airline has chosen another Boeing model, the new 787, to upgrade this route. The airline has continuously added aircraft, from a mere two when the route was first launched, to over 120 craft today. In those 20 years, Hainan Airlines has successively added over 100 Boeing planes to its fleet, becoming an important partner of Boeing in China. The Hainan Airlines’ fleet is now providing 500 routes connecting nearly 90 cities around the world. Hainan Airlines plans to upgrade the overall quality of the fleet through the introduction of more advanced models, expand the route network, consistently add routes to meet customer demand and help with China’s economic and social development as the airline and the country continue to modernize. The 787 Dreamliner addition to the fleet is another step in the airline’s efforts to perfect its five-star level of services and create the ideal flying experience for passengers through its advanced aviation technologies and design concepts.
Sixteen “787 Dream Angels” sporting Hainan Airlines’ grey uniforms made an appearance at the ceremony, and were awarded “Golden Wing” hair accessories by the company. The accessories each have the number “787″ embedded in the design, a design which looks like a pair of wings, representing the goodwill behind the realization of Hainan Airlines’ “Golden Dreams.”
The “Dream Angel” crew was selected from more than 3,000 Hainan Airlines crewmembers, and flew on the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner from Charleston, South Carolina in the U.S. to Haikou Meilan International Airport as the plane was being delivered. Each selected crewmember has clocked in thousands of hours of in-flight experience and was chosen for their excellent service skills. Hainan Airlines, by combining its special five-star services with the personalized design of the Boeing 787 aircraft, will enable passengers to partake of an onboard experience akin to a “golden dream.”
In the cabin of the Boeing 787, a flight attendant from the “Dream Angel” crew briefly introduced the customized design of the passenger cabin. With bright red, the representative color of the Chinese nation and its people, as the dominant color, the layout and design of the entire cabin demonstrates Hainan Airlines’ service positioning and brand image as the “The Beauty of the Orient.” The roomy cabin features 213 seats, the lowest number among all the 787 Dreamliners delivered into China. The 36-seat business class cabin is configured in a 2-2-2 layout, with full flat-bed seats and a wide 2.4-meter (95-inch) space separating each seat. The 177-seat economy class cabin with a 3-3-3 seating layout features upgraded seats providing a higher level of comfort. The entire aircraft is equipped with individual 15-inch in-flight entertainment screens and easy access to power supply ports. USB ports are provided in the business class cabin. The newly-designed and lavishly equipped lavatory facilities fully embody the quality goals of Hainan Airlines’ five-star services.
Meanwhile, Hainan Airlines has developed a set of brand new services for passengers on the Boeing 787 aircraft. During the first week following the maiden flight, every passenger will have the opportunity to enjoy special “Golden Dream” welcome drinks as well as “Dream Cookies” specially supplied for 787 Dreamliners. The cookies will also contain “fortune cookie” messages designed to amuse passengers. In addition, Hainan Airlines offers specially produced 787 Series postcards as part of the “Post Office in the Air” onboard service, enabling passengers to send their messages while airborne and to truly experience the fun of being in flight while partaking of Hainan Airlines’ five-star service.
Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) and Boeing (Chicago) today (July 4) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner at Charleston, SC. Boeing 787-8 B-2722 (msn 34939) was handed over to the carrier. The following day the aircraft flew to Boeing Field in Seattle as a crew rest stop and training before proceeding to China. The delivery is the first of 10 787s for Hainan Airlines.
Hainan Airlines will first operate the Dreamliner on a domestic route from Beijing to Haikou starting on July 31. Thereafter, the airline will deploy the 787 on its North America routes, increasing the frequency of its Beijing-Seattle/Tacoma, Beijing-Toronto (Pearson) and Beijing-Chicago (O’Hare) services, with several new destinations.
Beijing-Chicago (O’Hare) commences on September 3.
The Hainan Airlines 787 Dreamliner interior consists of 36 full, flat-bed business seats configured in rows of 2-2-2, as well as 177 economy seats configured in rows of 3-3-3. Each seat has a 15-inch, touch screen panel and a power outlet. Each business seat also has a USB port.
As one of only seven airlines rated as five-star by Skytrax, Hainan Airlines is the fourth largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People’s Republic of China. Its current fleet includes 106 Boeing airplanes. The airline serves scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes fromBeijing, Haikou and other operating base on the mainland, and provides charter services.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 787-8 B-2728 (msn 34938) lands at Paine Field Field near Everett after a test flight.
United Airlines (Chicago) reported one of its Boeing 787s on the Tokyo-Denver route was diverted to Seattle/Tacoma after an oil filter in an engine warning light. The aircraft landed safely. This diversion is not related to any battery issue.
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic pilots to cooperate on the Boeing 787 training and long-haul expertise, will expand in Germany
Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Oslo) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Virgin Atlantic Airways (London). The agreement enables Norwegian to tap into Virgin Atlantic’s expertise on long-haul operations, while Virgin Atlantic’s instructors will receive pilot training on board Norwegian’s brand new 787-8 Dreamliner. Norwegian’s first Dreamliner is due for delivery at the end of June.
The cooperation with Virgin Atlantic will enable Norwegian’s long-haul pilots to make use of the airline’s vast long-haul experience. Virgin Atlantic will make all its training material available to Norwegian.
Virgin Atlantic’s pilots to train on board Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliner
At the same time, Virgin Atlantic’s 787 instructors will conduct the final part of their pilot training on board Norwegian’s Dreamliners. Virgin Atlantic’s most experienced instructors will continue flying on board Norwegian’s aircraft until the airline receives its first 787 Dreamliner in September 2014, just over a year after Norwegian’s first Dreamliner delivery.
“Introducing a new aircraft type to an airline is an extensive affair. It is therefore important that we learn from each other,” says Director of Flight Operations Norwegian Long Haul, Torstein Hoås.
A great advantage to both parties
“Virgin Atlantic is a successful long-haul airline with almost 30 years of Trans-Atlantic experience. It will be very beneficial for us to receive this support. At the same time, we are looking forward to helping Virgin Atlantic introduce the 787 Dreamliner to its fleet. The cooperation will be a great advantage to both parties,” he continues.
Virgin Atlantic will be the launch customer in Europe of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, a slightly bigger version of the 787-8 Dreamliner. In the agreement signed on Friday, Virgin Atlantic states that it will train a number of Norwegian pilots on board its future Dreamliners.
“Virgin Atlantic are delighted to announce our training partnership with Norwegian. Our combined experience is being effectively utilised to ensure the safe and efficient introduction of the Boeing 787 aircraft to our fleet. We have much in common with Norwegian, having similar high quality training requirements, which has allowed our partnership to take shape,” says Captain Dave Kistruck, GM of Flight Operations for Virgin Atlantic.
In other news, Norwegian is expanding in the Germany-Spain market. The company has issued this statement:
Norwegian Air Shuttle continues its European expansion. The company has announced that it will launch new routes from Hamburg, Cologne and Munich to several Spanish destinations this autumn.
“The expansion in the German market is part of our future strategy to expand our presence outside of the Nordic region in order to meet the strong competition in the airline industry. We see that Germans frequently choose Norwegian when flying to Scandinavia and we believe that there is a demand for a quality airline that offers inexpensive fares between Germany and Spain. We are looking forward to welcoming passengers on board our modern and more eco-friendly aircraft,” said CEO of Norwegian Bjørn Kjos.
From the end of October, Norwegian launches brand new routes between Germany and Spain and will fly to Malaga, Alicante, Gran Canaria and Tenerife from Hamburg and Cologne. From Munich, Norwegian will offer flights to Malaga, Alicante and Tenerife.
Norwegian is Europe’s third largest low-fare airline. As one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, it is establishing itself outside of the Nordic region by opening bases in the UK and Spain. At the end of the month, Norwegian will, as the first European low-fare airline, commence long-haul flights to the US and Asia.
Hamburg-Malaga (November 1), 3 weekly flights, from EUR 29,- one way
Hamburg-Alicante (November 1), 3 weekly flights, from EUR 29,- one way
Hamburg-Gran Canaria (October 27), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 49,- one way
Hamburg-Tenerife (October 27), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 49,- one way
Cologne-Malaga (October 31), 3 weekly flights, from EUR 29,- one way
Cologne-Alicante (November 1), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 29,- one way
Cologne-Gran Canaria (October 28), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 49,- one way
Cologne-Tenerife (October 28), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 49,- one way
Munich-Malaga (November 1), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 39,- one way
Munich-Alicante (October 31), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 39,- one way
Munich-Tenerife (October 29), 2 weekly flights, from EUR 59,- one way
Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) is set to launch a new route linking its Oslo (Gardermoen) home and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on November 30 with Boeing 787-8s. This will become the third long-distance route after New York (JFK) and Bangkok from Oslo.
Norwegian will fly twice weekly between Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Departure from OSL will be at 1510 (3:10 pm), arriving at FLL at 1930 (7:30 pm) local time.
Departure from FLL will be on Mondays and Fridays at 2130 (9:30 pm), arriving at OSL at 1235 (12:35 pm) the next day.
Copyright Photos: Norwegian. The first Boeing 787-8 is being prepared at Paine Field at Everett and will be named for Sonja Henie.
Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (March 25) test flew a 787-8 with the new lithium-ion battery system. The two-hour test flight was conducted from Paine Field near Everett, Washington.
According to Reuters, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has set a two-day forum for April 11-12 to examine the design and performance of lithium-ion batteries. The NTSB also plans to hold a separate hearing on the 787 battery later in April.
Read the full article: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Boeing. The pictured 787-8 SP-LRC (msn 35980) destined for LOT Polish Airlines was the test aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) investigation of the battery fire on board a Boeing 787-8 of JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) at Boston continues.
Deborah Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board briefed the media yesterday (January 24) and according to this report by Reuters made it clear that “investigators have found a series of “symptoms” in the battery damaged in a January 7 fire in Boston, but not the underlying cause of the problem. She also said the agency would be looking at the design of the battery compartment area of the plane and whether the certification standards had been strong enough.”
“This is an unprecedented event. We are very concerned. We do not expect to see fire events on board aircraft. This is a very serious air safety concern.” as stated by Hersman.
According to Reuters, “Hersman, talking to reporters after the news conference, confirmed that there is no fire suppression system in the area where the battery burned, nor any way to access it in-flight.”
Bottom line: the 787 could be grounded for a while. Fires on board aircraft should not be happening and this statement now raises concerns about the FAA certification process of the aircraft.
Meanwhile Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing (Chicago) welcomes the progress being made in the 787 investigation discussed today by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C. The regulatory and investigative agencies in the U.S. and Japan have dedicated substantial resources to these investigations, and we appreciate their effort and leadership.
Boeing continues to assist the NTSB and the other government agencies in the U.S. and Japan responsible for investigating two recent 787 incidents. The company has formed teams consisting of hundreds of engineering and technical experts who are working around the clock with the sole focus of resolving the issue and returning the 787 fleet to flight status. We are working this issue tirelessly in cooperation with our customers and the appropriate regulatory and investigative authorities. The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.
In order to ensure the integrity of the process and in adherence to international protocols that govern safety investigations, we are not permitted to comment directly on the ongoing investigations. Boeing is eager to see both investigative groups continue their work and determine the cause of these events, and we support their thorough resolution.
Boeing deeply regrets the impact that recent events have had on the operating schedules of our customers and their passengers.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Excess voltage of the 787 batteries is ruled out as the cause of the Boston JAL fire, NTSB now looking at the APU
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) has ruled out excess voltage as the cause of a battery fire this month on a Boeing 787 operated by Japan Airlines (Tokyo) according to Reuters (see reports below) and said they were expanding the probe to look at the battery’s charger and the jet’s auxiliary power unit.
According to the report, investigators will convene in Tucson, Arizona today to test and examine the charger for the battery, and download non-volatile memory from the APU controller, with similar tests planned at the Phoenix facility where the APUs are built.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
On January 14 the NTSB issued this preliminary report:
The National Transportation Safety Board today released a second update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston.
The lithium-ion battery that powered the auxiliary power unit on the airplane was removed and transported back to the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington on Jan. 10. The battery is currently being examined by NTSB investigators, who plan to disassemble it this week.
In advance of that work, under the direction of the NTSB, radiographic examinations of the incident battery and an exemplar battery were conducted this past weekend at an independent test facility. The digital radiographs and computed tomography scans generated from this examination allowed the team to document the internal condition of the battery prior to disassembling it.
In addition, investigators took possession of burned wire bundles, the APU battery charger, and several memory modules. The maintenance and APU controller memory modules will be downloaded to obtain any available data. Investigators also documented the entire aft electronics bay including the APU battery and the nearby affected structure where components and wire bundles were located. The airplane was released back to Japan Airlines on Jan. 10.
The airplane’s two combined flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder units were transported to NTSB headquarters and have been successfully downloaded. The information is currently being analyzed by the investigative team.
The airport emergency response group documented the airport rescue and firefighting efforts to extinguish the fire, which included interviews with first responders. Fire and rescue personnel were able to contain the fire using a clean agent (Halotron), however, they reported experiencing difficulty accessing the battery for removal during extinguishing efforts. All fire and rescue personnel responding to the incident had previously received aircraft familiarization training on the Boeing 787. In accordance with international investigative treaties, the Japan Transport Safety Board and French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile have appointed accredited representatives to the investigation. The NTSB-led investigative team is comprised of subject matter groups in the areas of airplane systems, fire, airport emergency response, and data recorders and includes experts from the Federal Aviation Administration, The Boeing Company, US Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division, Japan Airlines (aircraft operator), GS Yuasa (battery manufacturer), and Thales Avionics Electrical Systems (APU battery/charger system).
On January 20 the NTSB issued this on-going report:
The National Transportation Safety Board today released a third update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston.
The lithium-ion battery that powered the auxiliary power unit has been examined in the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington. The battery was x-rayed and CT scans were generated of the assembled battery. The investigative team has disassembled the APU battery into its eight individual cells for detailed examination and documentation. Three of the cells were selected for more detailed radiographic examination to view the interior of the cells prior to their disassembly. These cells are in the process now of being disassembled and the cell’s internal components are being examined and documented.
Investigators have also examined several other components removed from the airplane, including wire bundles and battery management circuit boards. The team has developed test plans for the various components removed from the aircraft, including the battery management unit (for the APU battery), the APU controller, the battery charger and the start power unit. On Tuesday, the group will convene in Arizona to test and examine the battery charger and download nonvolatile memory from the APU controller. Several other components have been sent for download or examination to Boeing’s facility in Seattle and manufacturer’s facilities in Japan.
Finally, examination of the flight recorder data from the JAL B-787 airplane indicate that the APU battery did not exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts.
In accordance with international investigative treaties, the Japan Transport Safety Board and French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile have appointed accredited representatives to this investigation. Similarly, the NTSB has assigned an accredited representative to assist with the JTSB’s investigation of the Jan. 15 battery incident involving an All Nippon Airways B-787. Both investigations remain ongoing.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) has grounded all N-numbered Boeing 787s (United Airlines is the only U.S. operator) due to the on-going problems with the batteries. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency airworthiness directive that requires U.S. 787 operators to temporarily cease operations. According to this report by Reuters, “the FAA said airlines would have to demonstrate that the batteries involved were safe before they could resume flying, but gave no details on when that could occur.”
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Boeing issued the following statement:
Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney issued the following statement after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive that requires U.S. 787 operators to temporarily cease operations and recommends other regulatory agencies to follow suit:
“The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.
“Boeing is committed to supporting the FAA and finding answers as quickly as possible. The company is working around the clock with its customers and the various regulatory and investigative authorities. We will make available the entire resources of The Boeing Company to assist.
“We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity. We will be taking every necessary step in the coming days to assure our customers and the traveling public of the 787′s safety and to return the airplanes to service.
“Boeing deeply regrets the impact that recent events have had on the operating schedules of our customers and the inconvenience to them and their passengers.”
This is the major issue for Boeing and its 787 customers. It also raises questions about the FAA certification process.
Here is a list of how other countries and operators are reacting:
EASA (Europe) will follow the FAA and ground the aircraft according to Reuters: CLICK HERE
Japan has grounded the 787s of ANA and JAL (who had already grounded their fleets): CLICK HERE. JAL is also canceling the new Tokyo-San Diego route.
LAN Airlines grounded its three 787-8s: CLICK HERE
Qatar Airways has grounded its five 787-8s. Read the report by Reuters: CLICK HERE
United Airlines grounded its 787-8s and substituted other aircraft for the 787 flights or rebooked its customers.
Meanwhile LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) wins the “worst timing award” for its press release and the Chicago O’Hare inaugural flight. Right before the FAA grounded the aircraft, the Polish airline issued the following announcement:
LOT Polish Airlines will inaugurate new 787 Dreamliner nonstop service from Chicago to Warsaw on Wednesday, January 16, and make aviation history as the first airline with scheduled Dreamliner service from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
LOT is the first European carrier to operate the Dreamliner with a total of eight aircraft to be in their fleet. LOT’s Dreamliner inaugural flight from Chicago to Warsaw is followed closely by Toronto on February 1 and New York’s JFK on February 3.
LOT’s inbound Dreamliner special flight from Warsaw is scheduled to touch down at Chicago’s O’Hare airport at 6:55 p.m. The Dreamliner trip from Chicago will depart at 9:55 p.m., and arrive the next day in Warsaw at 1:50 p.m. Typically the flight will depart Warsaw at 5:25 p.m. and arrives in Chicago at 9:20 a.m. the same day. The flights were previously operated with Boeing 767s.
LOT’s Dreamliner has 18 seats in Elite Club (business class), 21 in Premium Club (premium economy) plus 213 seats in economy class.
In preparation for the Dreamliner flights, LOT has implemented a new design inspired by traditional and famous symbols of Poland. This design is reflected in the new aircraft interiors, inflight menus with its new selection of beverages, on-board equipment, toys for children and other amenities. The quality of service offered is an additional asset with specially trained Elite Fleet cabin crews, new comfortable classes of service-Elite Club and Premium Club- as well as the unique product on board the aircraft.
January 16, 2013 will probably go down in history as the darkest day for the Boeing Aircraft Company. William E. Boeing is probably rolling in his grave.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 787-8 SP-LRA (msn 35938) lands at London (Heathrow) prior to the grounding.
A fire breaks out in the battery compartment of a Japan Airlines’ 787 on the ground at Boston’s Logan Airport
Japan Airlines-JAL‘s (Tokyo) flight JL 8 with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (JA829J) arrived from Tokyo (Narita) at Boston (Logan) this morning at 10 a.m. (1000). The 173 arriving passengers and 11 crew members had just disembarked according to this report by the Boston Globe. The cleaners who boarded the aircraft reported smelling smoke and a fire was discovered in the lower level battery compartment. The airport ARFF units put out the fire out before it could spread.
Boeing has been investigating electrical issues on other 787 Dreamliners and has issued the following statement:
Regarding Monday’s event onboard a Japan Airlines (JAL) 787 at Boston Logan Airport, we are working closely with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), our customer and other government agencies. JAL has reported that smoke detected while a 787 was on the ground after passengers disembarked and during cleaning was traced to the battery used to start the auxiliary power unit (APU).
As is standard practice within the industry, it would be premature to discuss additional details at this stage as the investigation is ongoing. However, nothing that we’ve seen in this case indicates a relationship to any previous 787 power system events, which involved power panel faults elsewhere in the aft electrical equipment bay. Information about the prior events has been shared with the NTSB and they are aware of the details.
Boeing is cooperating with the NTSB in the investigation of this incident. Before providing more detail, we will give our technical teams the time they need to do a thorough job and ensure we are dealing with facts, not speculation.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
United Airlines (Chicago) today (January 3) will introduce daily nonstop Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport. The service – previously operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft – is the first regularly-scheduled international route operated using United’s new 787 Dreamliner.
The flight, UA 32, will depart Los Angeles at 11:15 a.m. (1115), arriving in Tokyo Narita at 4:10 p.m. (1610) the next day. The return flight, UA 33, will depart Tokyo Narita daily at 5:55 p.m. (1755), arriving in Los Angeles at 10:35 a.m. (1035) the same day.
United’s 787 Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy. The aircraft will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers on the flights will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.
Yesterday (January 2) LAN Airlines (Santiago) introduced the Boeing 787-8 on the Santiago-Los Angeles route.
Copyright Photo: United Airlines. The first, Boeing 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) poses for publicity photos.
British Airways unveils seating plans for its new Airbus A380s and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, will take delivery of more Boeing 777-300 ERs
British Airways (London) has announced the seating plans for its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on order. The company issued this statement:
With the first of the airline’s new long-haul aircraft only six months away from delivery, British Airways has announced the cabin design and layout for its Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.
Two hundred and fourteen customers will enjoy the comforts of the new British Airways 787 Dreamliner and the A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, with 469 customers.
The 24 Dreamliners and 12 A380s will feature the elegant cabin designs fitted on British Airways’ new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, which have proved hugely popular with customers.
All eight 787-8s will feature a new Club World 2:3:2 layout, the latest generation World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats. In addition, the new A380 will also have an enhanced version of First. The exact seating plans of another 16 787-9s on order have yet to be finalized, they could have three or four-cabin configurations.
British Airways is set to be the first European airline to operate both new aircraft types, with its first Dreamliner arriving in May 2013 and A380 deliveries starting in July 2013.
The British Airways Dreamliner will have 35 seats for customers in the new Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2; 25 seats in a World Traveller Plus layout of 2:3:2; and a further 154 seats for those travelling in World Traveller, with a 3:3:3 configuration.
On the British Airways A380 there will be 14 seats in First on the main deck, with extra personal and stowage space; the Club World cabin will feature 44 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration; and there will be 199 seats in World Traveller, with a 3:4:3 layout.
The A380 upper deck will feature 53 seats in the new Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2; 55 seats in a 2:3:2 World Traveller Plus layout; and World Traveller will have 104 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration.
Both new aircraft will also feature the airline’s latest Thales inflight entertainment system, which offers customers 50 percent more movies, 200 percent more TV shows and 200 percent more audio programs and music*.
Customers will also benefit from new larger screens in all cabins and an easier to use system with shortcut buttons. They will also be able to connect personal devices, such as laptops and use the in-seat power available for the first time in all cabins.
In 2013, British Airways will take delivery of nine new longhaul aircraft. The first British Airways Dreamliner will be delivered in May 2013. A further three will arrive by the end of the year. The first A380 will be delivered in July, with additional deliveries in August and October. Two additional 777-300 ERs will arrive in September and October 2013.
British Airways will announce the routes the new aircraft will operate in Spring 2013.
* Compared with the Rockwell Collins audio video on-demand system deployed on British Airways fleet of Boeing 747s, 767 longhaul aircraft and most Boeing 777-200s.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. More stretched Boeing 777-300 ERs will be joining the fleet. Boeing 777-36N ER G-STBC (msn 38287) arrives at the London Heathrow hub.
Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (October 5) marked a historic milestone with delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner built at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility to Air India (Mumbai).
According to Boeing, “the delivery continues the momentum of the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into revenue service by customers globally and marks the beginning of a new era of commercial airplane production in South Carolina.”
Work on the Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly and Delivery Center began in November 2009. Production of the first South Carolina-built 787 began in mid-2011 and the completed airplane rolled out of the factory in April.
Boeing South Carolina fabricates, integrates and assembles the midbody and aftbody fuselage sections for all 787 Dreamliners. Completed sections are joined in South Carolina Final Assembly, or transported via the Dreamlifter to 787 Final Assembly in Everett, Washington.
This delivery marks the 28th 787 Dreamliner delivered to date. Boeing South Carolina will increase final assembly production to three 787s per month by the end of 2013.
Air India is introducing the Dreamliner on the Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Kolkata domestic routes before its international debut.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) yesterday (October 1) operated the first revenue flight into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The pictured Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA814A (msn 34493) resting at SEA made the historic flight on the Tokyo (Narita)-SEA route. However a problem with the onboard air conditioning system forced the 24-hour cancellation and delay of the return segment. Boeing replaced the faulty system with another system while the airliner was parked overnight at SEA.
Read the full report from The Seattle Times: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Dan Cowdin. The pictured 787-8 JA814A was handed over to ANA on September 24, 2012.
Thomson Airways (London-Luton) has introduced this new TV advertisement featuring the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The holiday airline has 13 copies on order for deliveries starting next year.
Image: Thomson Airways.
LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) today officially announced the launch dates for its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner intercontinental service. The inaugural flight from Warsaw to Chicago (O’Hare) will be on January 16, 2013, followed closely by Toronto (Pearson) on February 1 and New York (JFK) on February 3. Beijing will begin one month later on March 3, 2013.
LOT is offering three classes of service on the new aircraft, Economy Class, Premium Club (Premium Economy) and Elite Club (Business Class). All three classes will enjoy comfort beyond their expectations as well as the professional and friendly service of the Elite Fleet Crew.
With the introduction of a new class, Premium Economy, which will be referred to as Premium Club, LOT has fares starting as low as $1,342 from New York and Chicago to Warsaw. LOT’s new Business Class, referred to as Elite Club, have fares starting as low as $3,787 from New York to Warsaw and $4,087 from Chicago to Warsaw. Sample fares include all taxes fees and surcharges.
In addition, according to Airline Route, from December 2012 to January 2013 (subject to aircraft deliveries), LOT will introduce the new Boeing 787-8 on select European cities prior to the above regular long-range schedule. The Star Alliance member is also planning to retire its Boeing 767-300s by March 2013.
Image: LOT Polish Airlines.
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to fly its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on domestic routes starting in November as it prepares to begin previously-announced international service in December and January.
United expects to take delivery of the first five new Dreamliners this year from its total order for 50 of these aircraft. As the initial aircraft are inducted into the fleet, they will be based at United’s Houston hub and will enter into service according to the following schedule:
|Late September||1st 787 delivery|
|October||Proving/validation flights and training activities that allow United to meet FAA certification requirements and prepare United to become the first North American operator for this new aircraft type. 2nd 787 delivery.|
|November||Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs. 3rd and 4th 787 deliveries expected.|
|December||Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs. 5th 787 delivery expected. First international service Dec. 4.|
|January||Commencement of scheduled commercial flights on additional international routes as announced on Aug. 23.|
United will phase in scheduled 787-8 service between Houston and each of its other domestic hubs beginning on November 4, 2012 as shown below. This schedule allows United’s 787s to operate more than 470 flight segments in the U.S. in the last two months of 2012 in addition to international flights beginning in early December:
|Route||Flight times||Effective Date||End Date||Frequency|
|IAH-SFO-IAH||5:45 p.m. westbound
12:15 a.m. eastbound
|Nov. 4, 2012||Dec. 2, 2012||5 x weekly|
|IAH-LAX-IAH||3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
|Nov. 4, 2012||Dec. 3, 2012||6 x weekly|
|IAH-ORD-IAH||7:25 a.m. northbound
11:15 a.m. southbound
|Nov. 4, 2012||Dec. 3, 2012||6 x weekly|
|IAH-EWR-IAH||8 a.m. northbound
3:30 p.m. southbound
|Nov. 4, 2012||Jan. 3, 2013||Daily, except Nov. 18|
|IAH-CLE-IAH||7 a.m. northbound
4 p.m. southbound
|Nov. 10, 2012||Nov. 10, 2012||One-day service|
|IAH-IAD-IAH||7 a.m. northbound
3:50 p.m. southbound
|Nov. 17, 2012||Nov. 17, 2012||One-day service|
|IAH-SFO-IAH||5:45 p.m. westbound
12:15 a.m. eastbound
|Dec. 3, 2012||Jan. 3, 2013||Daily|
|IAH-LAX-IAH||3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
|Dec. 4, 2012||Jan. 3, 2013||Daily|
|IAH-DEN-IAH||7:20 a.m. westbound
10:15 a.m. eastbound
|Dec. 5, 2012||Jan. 2, 2013||Daily|
|IAH-LAX-IAH||7:35 a.m. westbound
12:30 p.m. eastbound
|Jan. 3, 2013||March 31, 2013||Daily|
|IAH-ORD-IAH||7:25 a.m. northbound
11:15 a.m. southbound
|Jan. 4, 2013||March 29, 2013||Daily|
|IAH-DEN-IAH||9:15 a.m. westbound
2:15 p.m. eastbound
|March 31, 2013||Open||Daily|
Note: Timing may vary slightly depending on day of the week. Schedules are subject to change.
The 787-8 aircraft will display for sale for these domestic routes on united.com and other distribution channels beginning September 1. In October, United will announce plans for the official first commercial 787 flights, which are expected to occur prior to November 4 but only after proving/validation flights and training are complete.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) is the first United Dreamliner, pictured being prepared for delivery at the Boeing assembly factory at Everett, WA. With the 787 Boeing has dropped its long-running customer codes. Many sites are still reporting this as a “787-822″ but this is not correct.
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced the first international routes for the airline’s newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. In addition to the previously-announced service from its Denver hub to Tokyo Narita, starting on March 31, 2013, the airline will operate nonstop 787 service five days a week between its Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub and Lagos, Nigeria, beginning on January 7, 2013. United will also operate daily, nonstop 787 service between its Los Angeles hub and its Tokyo Narita hub, beginning on January 3, 2013, and Los Angeles to Shanghai, beginning on March 30, 2013.
United will also operate daily, nonstop 787 service from its Houston hub to Amsterdam and London Heathrow on a temporary basis. Houston to Amsterdam service begins on December 4, 2012, and Houston to London Heathrow service begins on February 4, 2013.
The 787 aircraft will display for sale for these routes on united.com and other distribution channels beginning on August 25, while Denver to Narita service is available for sale now. In the near future, United will announce plans for initial domestic flying for the 787, which will precede the launch of international flights described above.
Configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy, the Dreamliner will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.
Copyright Photo: United Airlines. Boeing 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) is pictured being prepared for delivery at the Boeing facility in Everett (Paine Field).
United Airlines‘ (Chicago) first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (N20904) completed its first production flight on Sunday (August 19) as Boeing makes its final preparations for delivering the jetliner to United at the end of September. The aircraft took off from Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Boeing pilots flew the 787-8 around the Seattle area for more than three hours as part of planned tests of the aircraft’s controls and systems.
During the flight, crew members examined the 787′s onboard systems at high and medium altitudes. They also checked backup and safety elements, including cabin pressurization, avionics, navigation and communications systems.
Sunday’s flight was part of a series of work that Boeing performs after each 787 comes out of its paint hangar and before airlines take delivery of the planes. The work also includes fueling, systems tests, engine runs and taxi tests.
Copyright Photo: United Airlines. Boeing has dropped the customer codes with the 787. Hence N20904 (msn 34824) is officially designated as a 787-8.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on August 14 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner dubbed “Africa First” in Seattle. The new airliner ferried to Washington (Dulles) for a special unveiling.
Today (August 16) the pictured Boeing 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) at Washington (Dulles) is operating a special flight from Washington (Dulles) to Addis Ababa. Regular daily service starts on September 20 on the route after the second Dreamliner is delivered.
The Dreamliner offers passengers greatly enhanced on-board comfort, with significantly reduced noise, higher level of humidity, the biggest windows in the sky and unique lighting system. Ethiopian had previously announced that it would rotate its first Dreamliner, ET-AOQ, primarily on its African routes.
Take a virtual tour of the 787-8: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. ET-AOQ taxies on arrival at Washington (Dulles). As previously reported, Boeing has dropped all customer codes with the 787. All of the models delivered so far are officially designated as 787-8 Dreamliners.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will be the first airline in the world outside of Japan to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline has announced the schedule for its first Dreamliner:
“The first Ethiopian Dreamliner will touch down in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport on August 17, 2012. The first flight of Ethiopian Dreamliner dubbed “The Dream Tour,” will be on August 18, 2012, with a sightseeing flight to Mount Kilimanjaro for around 270 invited guests, consisting of Ministers, Ambassadors, other VIPs, Ethiopian ShebaMiles Gold Members and media.
Thereafter, starting from August 19, 2012, the first Ethiopian Dreamliner will be operating on rotation basis to African destinations such as Kilimanjaro, Mombassa, Harare, Lusaka, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lagos, Johannesburg, Abuja, Malabo, Douala, Lomé, Accra, Maputo, Luanda as well as to Dubai, Mumbai, Rome, London and Frankfurt.”
According to Airline Route, the first regular route for the 787 will be the Addis Ababa-Rome-Washington (Dulles) route starting on September 20 (arriving at IAD on the morning of September 21).
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. The first Dreamliner, the pictured 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) is being prepared for handover at Everett (Paine Field).
LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) has signed an agreement with Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) to maintain its eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order. LOT will receive its first 787-8 in November 2012.
Under the terms of the agreement, MAEL will build a line maintenance base in Warsaw, as well as technically support the new aircraft while flying abroad.
In addition, MAEL will cooperate with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance) for the provision of spare parts necessary to operate the new Boeing 787 fleet.
Copyright Photo: Wingnut. LOT Polish Airlines’ Boeing 737-45D SP-LLG (msn 28753) now sports a special 2012 London Olympics decal as the official transport for the Polish team.
Guest Editor Jay Selman
I was fortunate enough to attend the media event introducing United‘s first 787-8 on August 2, 2012. With all the hoopla surrounding the 787, I was curious to see if it lived up to all the hype.
This is the first 787 I’ve been up close to, and it is a much larger beast that I first thought. Originally, I had thought it relatively unimpressive, visually. I mean, if the A330 looks like a greyhound and the 777 looks like a mastiff, the 787 looks like a…what? Maybe a 767 crossed with an Embraer 190? Up close, however, it is obviously much larger than a 767, and more graceful. It looks fast just sitting on the ground.
Creature comforts are appropriate with the class of service! United’s Business First and Economy Plus customers can look forward to extremely comfortable cabins. Seating in both cabins is 2-2-2. The Business First seats convert to lie-flat beds that are 6’4”, long enough to accommodate the vast majority of passengers.
The Economy Plus seats do not convert into flat beds, but they look more like Business Class seats than Ecomony.
Economy is…well, Economy! United’s Economy cabin is laid out in 3-3-3 seating with a “777-style” ceiling. The good news is that the overhead bins are HUGE, which will be welcome news to both passengers and gate agents such as myself! LOL.
Boeing took great pains to design the front office with a similar layout to the 777. While the 777 and 787 are two different type certificates, 777 pilots can transition to the 787 with an abridged training program, thanks to the similarity of the flight deck. I found the Heads Up Display interesting, and the pilots were enthusiastic about that. Finally, today’s world being what it is, the aircraft comes with several cameras mounted in the cabin, which allow the pilots to keep an eye on activity, especially who is approaching the flight deck door.
I was told by the United captain onboard that with the 787, Boeing has officially done away with the two-character customer code that has been a Boeing tradition since forever. Therefore, this is not a 787-824 (as the airplane was ordered by Continental), nor a 787-822 (United’s customer code). The data plate shows it as simply a 787-8. Has anyone seen the data plate on the ANA or JAL 787s? I’m curious if they also show 787-8?
The 787 windows have received a lot of press, both for their size and electrochromism-based dimming feature. The windows are, indeed,significantly larger than the windows of any jet airliner flying today, by far. But for someone who remembers flying in Viscounts and even DC-8s, I felt a little bit of a letdown. I guess I was hoping for something that would put my 39″ flat screen to shame! As for replacing good old fashioned window shades with the dim-able windows, I see some advantages, specifically that the flight attendants can adjust the inside lighting of the entire cabin with the touch of a switch. But is it better? I know that ANA has already come to Boeing saying that it does not darken the cabin enough, and I have to agree with them.
The 787 also has two crew rest compartments, located above the main cabin. One compartment is directly opposite the flight deck door for the pilots
What really makes the 787 a game-changer, so I am told, is not what we see, but what passengers will feel, and what the bean-counters see. Boeing claims that the sustained cabin altitude of 6,000 feet and 15 percent humidity (as opposed to 4 percent now standard), will allow passengers to arrive at their destination feeling considerably more refreshed than we currently do. The operating economics of the 787 are also invisible to our eyes, but the bean-counters love it.
So, overall, the 787 looks like it’s going to be a sweet ride. I can’t wait for my first flight on one. I would like to thank the folks at United Airlines and Boeing for their gracious assistance.
All Photos Copyright – Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com.
“United Airlines on August 2 unveiled its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. The airline showcased its first 787, fresh out of the paint hangar at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility. United is the North American launch customer for the Dreamliner, and expects to take delivery of its first 787 in September. The airline has firm orders for 50 787s, for delivery by 2019.
Primarily built with composite materials, the 787 has 30 percent more range and uses approximately 20 percent less fuel than similarly-sized aircraft, while reducing emissions and noise during takeoffs and landings. With these advantages, the 787 will open up new non-stop destinations that customers would not be able to otherwise reach on United, such as the recently-announced Denver-to-Tokyo service that starts next spring.
The aircraft cabin is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy. Customers will be more comfortable with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other features. The 787′s inflight entertainment system features an all-new design that offers more intuitive browsing and more filtering options, giving customers the option of searching for programs by language.
United’s unveiling provided the first look at the aircraft’s interior and customized livery that is exclusive to the fleet, featuring a gold line that wraps the fuselage and swoops from nose to tail. The livery is inspired by the trademark swoop painted on each of Boeing’s aircraft and is being adopted for the United 787 in a tribute to the two companies’ long history of working together.”
United Airlines (Chicago) tomorrow (July 31) will host a live webcast of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft rolling out of the paint hangar at Boeing’s Everett, Washington, facility. The webcast will stream live at unitedhub.com at 5:30 a.m. (0530) PDT (1230 GMT).
The live stream will provide viewers with a look at the airline’s customized livery that is exclusive to the Dreamliner fleet, featuring a gold line that wraps the fuselage and swoops from nose to tail. The swoop is inspired by the trademark swoop painted on each of Boeing’s aircraft and is being adopted for the United 787 in a tribute to the two companies’ long history of working together. United will take delivery of its first 787 in late September 2012.
To watch the live stream, visit unitedhub.com.
Top Image: United Airlines.
More from United:
We’re getting closer to the delivery of our first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and today we’re giving you a sneak peek at an artist’s renderings of our specially designed livery.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a revolutionary aircraft, and we’re excited to reveal details of our plans to make it our own. The process, known as induction, gives the 787 the look and feel of United.
Dreamliner delivery detailsWe’re scheduled to take delivery of our first 787 in September and begin scheduled service in the Fall. The cabin has been installed and is configured as follows:
36 seats in United BusinessFirst®
72 seats in United Economy Plus®
111 seats in United Economy®
United Boeing 787 liveryOur 787 fleet will be painted with the globe livery but will get its own unique twist: the gold line along both sides of the fuselage will feature a special swoop from nose to tail. Our design is inspired by Boeing’s trademarked swoop, and pays tribute to our long history of working together.
Design and featuresThe palette of colors in the cabin stays true to our current brand color scheme, so that you’ll experience the familiar United look and feel once you’re inside the plane. You’ll enjoy a number of travel-enhancing features when you fly including improved lighting, bigger windows with electronic dimmer buttons, more spacious overhead bins, lower cabin altitude (which can alleviate altitude-related symptoms such as headaches and fatigue) and enhanced ventilation systems.Innovative technology makes the 787 more environmentally friendly, economical and efficient to fly. Advances include the use of composite materials, less fuel consumption and a reduction in noise during takeoff and landing. These enhancements make it possible for our customers to fly to new destinations, such as the recently-announced Denver-to-Tokyo service starting in Spring 2013.
PreparationTo get ready for the delivery of the first United 787, we’ve installed a simulator at our Houston training facility and trained more than 5,600 pilots, flight attendants and mechanics in 787 systems and operations so far.In addition to the ongoing training on the 787, we’re preparing our Houston maintenance facility as a place to store more than 600 spare parts for the 787.Following delivery, the 787 will undergo proving runs: flights that incorporate tests and training as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Thomson Airways is also adding #nameourplane onto the side of one of its Boeing 737 aircraft (see below) so “consumers can tweet an image or the location of where they spotted the hashtag, along with their reasons why they should get to name the new 787 Dreamliner. Those who don’t get a glimpse of the hashtagged 737 can still tweet their suggested name.”
Entrants will have just 140 characters (including the hashtag) to make their case with any original twitpics of the tagged plane given special consideration. The winning applicant will be chosen by a panel of judges including: Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways, Todd Nelp, Vice President of Sales for Europe, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Captain Stuart Gruber, Thomson Airways’ Head of Training and the 787 test pilot.
Thomson Airways will operate the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner (above) from four regional airports from May 1, 2013 – Manchester, London Gatwick, Glasgow and East Midlands.
Top Image: Thomson Airways. The Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be painted in the new TUI livery.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Thomson Airways. Boeing 737-8K5 G-TAWC (msn 39922) is the aircraft with the special message.
United Airlines (Chicago) is scheduled to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in late September 2012. The aircraft cabin is being installed on the first aircraft, and will be configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy. Cabin color selections use a palette of blue and grey and are consistent with other modern United aircraft. According to the airline, “customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.” The 787′s inflight entertainment system features an all-new design that offers more intuitive browsing and more filtering options, giving customers the option of searching for programs by language.
The airline’s 787 fleet will feature a customized livery that is exclusive to the fleet: the gold line that wraps the fuselage will swoop from nose to tail. The swoop is inspired by the trademark swoop painted on each of Boeing’s aircraft and is being adopted for the United 787 in a tribute to the two companies’ long history of working together.
United has been the launch customer for more than a dozen Boeing aircraft models, and was the first airline to operate the 767 and 777 aircraft. This tradition continues with United being the North America launch customer of the 787.
In preparation for delivery of the first United Dreamliner, United installed a full-flight simulator at its Houston hub and is training pilots on operation of the aircraft. Flight attendants and mechanics have trained in 787 systems and operations, with additional training scheduled to continue through the remainder of the year. In addition, United is preparing to provide 787 maintenance support from its Houston base, and the airline is warehousing more than 1,180 different spare parts for easy and rapid access by its technicians.
The 787 will take United customers into the new generation of flying in an economical, efficient and environmentally friendly way. Primarily built with composite materials, the 787 has 30 percent more range and uses approximately 20 percent less fuel than similarly-sized aircraft, while reducing emissions and noise during takeoffs and landings. Because of these advantages, the 787 will open up new nonstop destinations that customers would not be able to otherwise reach on United, such as the recently-announced Denver-to-Tokyo service that starts next spring.
Following delivery of the first aircraft in September, the company will conduct a variety of tests and training, including completing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conformity checks and proving runs. The company will then enter the 787 into scheduled service in the fall.
United is planning to place five Boeing 787s into service in 2012, and has firm orders for a total of 50 new Dreamliners, with deliveries scheduled through 2019.
Image: United Airlines.
Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (April 27) as planned rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner at the North Charleston plant located at Charleston International Airport (CHS). The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner rolled out of final assembly to great fanfare from the crowd of nearly 7,000 Boeing employees and invited guests. The festival-like atmosphere, featuring aerial displays, music and entertainment, was a fitting celebration to commemorate assembly completion of the first 787.
The airplane’s rollout marks the first time that a Boeing commercial airplane has been produced in the Southeastern United States.
Boeing announced that it had selected North Charleston, S.C., as the location for the second 787 final assembly line on October 28, 2009, and broke ground on the site in November of that year. The South Carolina final assembly facility was completed in June 2011, and production began later that same month.
The airplane next goes to the flight line, where it will go through systems checks and engine runs in advance of taxi testing and first flight. The airplane remains on schedule for delivery to Air India in mid-2012.
Boeing South Carolina also has responsibility for fabrication, integration and assembly of the 787′s midbody and aft body fuselage sections. Once complete, the fuselage sections are either delivered to the South Carolina Final Assembly facility, or transported via the Dreamlifter to Final Assembly in Everett, Washington.
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