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Air Tahiti Nui finalizes its order for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Air Tahiti Nui 787-9 Artwork

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Air Tahiti Nui (Papeete) have finalized an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices.

The flag carrier for French Polynesia, a new 787 customer, has also leased two additional 787-9s through the Air Lease Corporation (ALC)(Los Angeles).

The new 787-9 Dreamliner complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly more passengers and more cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace. The 787-9 also leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as the industry’s largest windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Air Tahiti Nui links the South Pacific with four continents as the leading carrier to French Polynesia, with daily non-stop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles.

The new 787-9s will replace the current Airbus A340-300s.

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

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

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

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

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

Vietnam Airlines issued this statement and these photos:

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

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

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

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

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Virgin Atlantic to bring the Boeing 787-9 to Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All images by ANA.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (official trailer):

Brilliant idea ANA. Well done.

Below: R2-D2 from Star Wars.

ANA Star Wars R2-D2

AeroMexico to lease one Boeing 787-9 from ALC

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

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

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

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

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

Boeing did not comment or confirm the intent to oder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Boeing/KLM.

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