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Xiamen Air launches the Xiamen – Amsterdam route

Xiamen Airlines (Xiamen Air) (Xiamen) has launched its first route to Europe. The Chinese airline issued this statement:

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On July 26, Xiamen Airlines officially launched the carrier’s very first intercontinental route, the Xiamen-Amsterdam route. The new route marks a key milestone in the airline’s implementation of its globalization strategy.

Xiamen Airlines will operate the new route, flight numbers MF811 and MF812, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 4 seats in first class, 18 in business and 214 in economy. The flight departs Xiamen at 11:50 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and arrives at Amsterdam’s Schiphol at 5:45 a.m. the next day. The flight duration is 11 hours and 55 minutes. The return journey departs Amsterdam at 12:35 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and arrives in Xiamen at 5:30 a.m. the next day, with a flight duration of 10 hours and 55 minutes. The above are all local times, and were arranged to facilitate connections to other flights after passengers reach their destinations.

The new route complements KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ existing Xiamen-Amsterdam route — also on a three-times-a-week schedule, signifying that, starting from July 26, there will be six direct flights between Xiamen and Amsterdam weekly.

Xiamen Airlines has upgraded both the air and ground services for the new intercontinental route, with a concerted effort on integrating Chinese cultural elements into its services. As an example, the new tableware for the first class and business class cabins are made of blanc de chine, and authentic highly-reputed lapsang souchong tea will be on offer in the two cabins.

Xiamen Airlines operates a fleet of 119 Boeing jets, which is the biggest all-Boeing fleet in China. The fleet now has 5 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, with the sixth to be delivered soon. As part of the expansion plans for further intercontinental routes originating from Fujian province, the airline has ordered 4 more advanced Boeing 787-9aircraft, forming a fleet of 10 Boeing 787s.

Chairman and general manager Che Shanglun explained that Xiamen Airlines will launch a direct Xiamen-Sydney route at the end of this year. Next year, the carrier plans to launch routes to North America, completing a route network covering Europe, America and Australia, and supporting China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy by creating a “Silk Road in the Sky.”

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2762 (msn 41542) taxies at Amsterdam.

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LOT announces increased frequencies to North America and new destinations

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) in the winter season of 2016/2017 will enhance its presence in the US by increasing frequencies from New York (JFK) and Chicago (O’Hare) to Warsaw. The Polish carrier has also announced several new long-haul destinations from its Warsaw hub to Bangkok, Seoul and Tokyo (Narita). LOT will also launch more than a dozen new European connections, thus expanding its hub and providing convenient connecting flights to passengers flying to such cities as Ljubljana, Zurich, Cluj-Napoca and Nice.

The airline continued:

Long-haul flights are the most important part of LOT’s strategy. The first new long-haul flight is scheduled for January 13, 2016 and will be to Tokyo–the first direct connection from Poland and New Europe (Central and Eastern Europe) to Japan. Bangkok and Seoul will start in autumn 2016. The Polish carrier will also enhance its presence in New York and Chicago by adding two additional frequencies to its winter schedule from each city.

“Opening new long-haul destinations is essential for our development, which is why we will launch them as quickly as possible,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.

“Even now, connections operated by the Dreamliner (above) are the most profitable part of our business.

LOT is the only airline that offers on a larger scale, convenient, regular flights from Poland and New Europe to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Beijing. Four current connections will be supplemented with three more, and later this year, LOT will announce two new long-haul destinations to operate in 2016. After opening these five new destinations next year, LOT will more than double its network of long-haul connections compared to today. We want our hub to develop along with us. Opening more than a dozen European connections guarantees even more convenient transfers for new passengers from Poland and the entire region. But the new connections are just the start. Next year we plan to enhance our presence in those destinations where we already operate. This means, for example, an increased frequency of flights from Chicago and New York in the winter season.”

In addition to the new long-haul flights, LOT will begin to fly to three new destinations in Europe in 2016: from Warsaw to Venice and Cluj-Napoca (January) and to Ljubljana (March). LOT will also return to routes that were suspended due to the Restructuring Plan. Thus LOT’s passengers will be able to fly directly from Warsaw to Barcelona (January) and to Athens, Nice, Zurich and Beirut (March). From January 2016, flights between Warsaw and Belgrade, Dusseldorf, Yerevan, Chisinau, Zagreb and between Gdansk and Krakow will be restored, many of which are the connections suspended since July this year, as part of the final pool of compensatory measures required by the European Commission.

LOT is able to operate the entire first phase of its network development using only existing aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) departs from Calgary.

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Air Canada to bring the Boeing 787 to Brisbane from Vancouver

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced the addition of new nonstop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia. Flights to Brisbane will initially operate three times weekly using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners beginning on June 17, 2016, with the intention to increase to daily service, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals.

This year to date, Air Canada has launched new international services from Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City, Toronto-Amsterdam, Vancouver-Osaka, with Toronto-Dubai and Toronto-Delhi launching this fall.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPV (msn 35260) taxies at Vancouver International Airport.

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Scoot introduces a Boeing 787-9 logo jet celebrating Singapore’s 50th Anniversary

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Scoot (Singapore) has a introduced a special 50th Anniversary of Singapore (SG50) livery on its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 9V-OJE (msn 37116). The special commemorative color scheme, featuring the SG50 logo, also showcases the logos of 20 sponsors and a “caricature of the iconic Merlion, caricatures of Scootees” according to the airline

The new Dreamliner, delivered on June 28, 2015, is also named “Maju-Lah”.

Photo: Scoot.

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LAN Peru to operate the Boeing 787 between Lima and Miami

LAN Peru (Lima) will begin operating the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Lima – Miami route starting on February 24, 2016 per Airline Route.

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Sunwing Airlines to offer twice-weekly Boeing 787 flights to Amsterdam

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has issued this statement about new wet-leased Boeing 787 service between Toronto (Pearson) and Amsterdam:

Sunwing Airlines first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights begin this Saturday, June 27. Only available on the carrier’s twice-weekly service from Toronto to Amsterdam that will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays until September 2, 2015, this is the first time that Sunwing customers will be able to relax on the new state-of-the-art, wide-bodied aircraft as they start their European vacation.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Arke is believed to be the operator although this was not specified in the announcement. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner PH-TFL (msn 37228) taxies at the Amsterdam base.

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Boeing donates the first 787-8 prototype (N787BA, ZA001) to Nagoya, Japan

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has donated its prototype and test 787-8 Dreamliner N787BA (msn 40690) dubbed “ZA001″ by Boeing to Nagoya, Japan. The aircraft arrived Chubu Centrair Airport (NGO) today (June 22). The airport intends to permanently display the Dreamliner at the airport. The country of Japan played a major role in the development and financing of the 787.

 

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Update: On July 7, 2015 Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing logo (medium)Boeing, airline customers, industry partners and community leaders joined together on July 7 to celebrate Boeing’s donation of the first 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplane to Centrair International Airport in Nagoya.

“It is fitting that we bring Boeing’s first-ever 787 Dreamliner, also known as ZA001, back home to Nagoya, the heart of Japan’s aerospace industry,” said George Maffeo, president, Boeing Japan.

“Many of our partners here spent countless hours to develop and produce the 787 Dreamliner’s airframe structure and Centrair was with us from the very start of the journey. ZA001 carried all of our dreams and aspirations, and has grown to symbolize the storied partnership between Boeing and Japan’s outstanding aerospace industry.”

“We are honored to be selected by Boeing to house the permanent display of the world’s first-ever 787 Dreamliner,” said Masanao Tomozoe, president and CEO, Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd. “This milestone will allow us to significantly contribute to the aerospace community as well as the Greater Nagoya region by spurring the imagination and interest of future aviation pioneers here in Japan.”

ZA001 is the last of three original flight test 787-8s Boeing has donated to inspire future generations, communities and aviation enthusiasts around the world. Previously, Boeing donated ZA002 to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona and ZA003 to the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

ZA001 first flew on December 15, 2009, beginning what would become a six-airplane flight test and certification program for the 787-8. ZA001 performed a variety of ground and flight tests with a focus on aerodynamics, flight controls and systems performance.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is the first in a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. With its unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel and emissions than the airplanes it replaces – the 787 has saved more than 2 billion pounds of fuel since entering service in 2011.Sixty customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,100 Dreamliners, making it the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history. In Japan, ANA and Japan Airlines have ordered a combined 128 787 Dreamliners – marking the largest customer base of 787s in the world.

Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) is a 24-hour international hub airport located on a man-made island off the coast of Nagoya. Centrair serves 30 cities around the world with 300 weekly departures, as well as major cities in Japan with 80 flights per day. In 2015, the airport celebrated its 10th year of operations and was also awarded the prestigious “Best Regional Airport in the World” accolade by Skytrax.

Centrair is a transport hub for the local aerospace and automotive industries. It is the only airport in the world from which both the 787 main wing and fuselage sections are flown to Boeing’s final assembly plants in the U.S. on the Dreamlifter.

Top Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. N787BA is pictured departing Paine Field on a test flight.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. N787BA departs yesterday (June 21) from Boeing Field for the last time bound for Japan.

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