Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) yesterday (January 11) celebrated the airline’s 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner during a gate ceremony at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The milestone marks yet another record for ANA as it becomes the first airline in the world to reach 100,000 787 flights.
ANA was the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner family and in 2011 became the first airline to introduce the innovative airplane to passengers around the world. Since then, the fuel-efficient airplane has enabled ANA to launch new routes worldwide, including North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. With this milestone, ANA has accumulated approximately a quarter of all 787 revenue flights.
ANA operates the world’s largest Dreamliner fleet with 44 787s, including both the 787-8 and the longer 787-9. The airline has 39 unfilled 787 orders, including for the longest and newest member of the 787 family, the 787-10, in addition to 20 777-9X airplanes.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA813A (msn 34521) taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Ryanair (Dublin) on January 7 announced it will open a new base at Belfast International Airport, starting in March, with one based aircraft and a four daily flights to London (Gatwick). The base will grow to three aircraft and five more new routes from October 2016. Belfast is the 77th base for the ultra low-fare carrier.
Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Ryanair has initiated a campaign “honoring” some of their passengers by displaying their image on some aircraft. In this image, passenger ” Nelly Langedijk ” from the Netherlands is featured on the nose of Boeing 737-8AS EI-DAH (msn 33546) pictured at the Dublin base.
Ryanair issued this statement on the “30 Names 30 Planes” program:
“On July 8, 2015 to celebrate its new Facebook account and 30th birthday, Ryanair launched a ’30 Names 30 Planes’ competition, offering 30 fans the chance to have their name and face pictured on one of 30 Ryanair aircraft. Entry was through the Ryanair Facebook page, where fans uploaded their photo and downloaded a CGI video of their own Ryanair aircraft bearing their name and face. After over 80,000 entries the 30 lucky winners were announced in October 2015.”
According to Ryanair, the first decals were fitted in the first week of December 2015 and the decals will be fitted for up to six months.
WestJet (Calgary) today celebrates the airline’s first flight from Alberta to Hawaii on its own Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft. To this point, flights to the Hawaiian Islands had been taking place on leased aircraft.
WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300 on August 27, 2015 and has been flying the aircraft between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification. This certification allows the aircraft to be operated for extended distances over water and is required for WestJet’s service to Hawaii and to London Gatwick, which commences service in May 2016.
WestJet’s Boeing 767-300 service to Hawaii departs Edmonton on January 10 at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Maui at 12:37 p.m.
The airline will operate two 767-300 aircraft from Calgary and Edmonton to Honolulu and Maui. Each aircraft seats 262 guests. The aircraft include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all of the other amenities associated with Plus. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. One of the 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system while the other will include tablets loaded with movies and popular televisions shows. By spring, both aircraft will be equipped with WestJet Connect.
WestJet’s seasonal service between Alberta and Hawaii began December 11, 2015, using two leased 767 aircraft from Omni Air International pending receipt of federal government certification for extended operation of WestJet’s 767s, which was received on December 30, 2015.
Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) lands at the Calgary base.
Air China (Beijing) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced an order for six additional 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners. The order is valued at more than $2 billion at current list prices and bolsters Air China’s long-haul widebody fleet as it looks to expand its international network.
China’s flag carrier continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and plans to expand its growing network internationally. Air China currently operates a fleet 174 Boeing airplanes, including nearly all current Boeing production models, including the Next-Generation 737, 747-8 Intercontinental as well as 777-300 ERs.
With this new order, Air China will increase its unfilled airplane orders with Boeing to 90 units, which include orders for new 787-9 Dreamliners.
Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2047 (msn 60374) in the special 50th Anniversary of China-France diplomatic relations livery approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) delivered 762 commercial airplanes in 2015, 39 more than the previous year and most ever for the company as it enters its centennial year.
In 2015, Boeing recorded 768 net orders, valued at $112.4 billion at current list prices. At year end, Boeing held 5,795 unfilled orders from customers worldwide.
In addition to the orders and deliveries, the company marked a number of other milestones in 2015:
Five customers received their first 787 Dreamliners, including Royal Air Maroc, Scoot, American Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Vietnam Airlines
The 747 team delivered the 100th 747-8, the 767 program received its largest single order ever from FedEx and the 777 program announced a 2 percent fuel improvement package
The newly expanded Seattle Delivery Center opened its doors to pave the way for increased 737 production
The first 737 MAX rolled out of the factory in December
The 787-10 team completed detailed design of the newest member of the 787 family, while the 777X reached firm configuration, allowing the team to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the airplane
Orders, deliveries and unfilled orders as of Dec. 31, 2015, by program were as follows:
NewLeaf Travel Company, Inc. (Winnipeg) has announced it will launch ultra low-fare scheduled airline operations (using Flair Airlines Boeing 737-400s) (Kelowna) on February 12 from Abbotsford, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax. The company will serve smaller and secondary airports in Canada.
WestJet (Calgary) today announced it is extending two of its new nonstop transatlantic services to London (Gatwick) from seasonal to year-round. Flights from Calgary and Toronto to London will now operate on a year-round basis, three times weekly and daily respectively through the winter, while service from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and St. John’s will operate seasonally as announced in September 2015.
Service dates for WestJet’s nonstop flights to London are:
Vancouver – seasonal May 6-October 21, 2016
Calgary – year-round from May 6, 2016
Edmonton – seasonal May 7-October 22, 2016
Winnipeg – seasonal May 7-October 1, 2016
Toronto – year-round from May 6, 2016
St. John’s – May 7-October 22, 2016
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-QANTAS Airways Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) is pictured at Toronto (Pearson).