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Qatar Airways to fly the Boeing 787 to Bali, Indonesia

Qatar 787-8 A7-BCB (06)(Flt)(Qatar)(LRW)

Qatar Airways (Doha) today announced that from July 21, 2014, the airline will operate a new daily nonstop route from Doha to Bali.

The 10-hour routes from October will be operated with Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Initially the Bali route will be operated with an Airbus A330.

Flying direct to and from Bali, the Dreamliner will have a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats with a high standard of comfort on board, including individual 10.5 inch television screens on all Economy Cass seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29), Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia (May 15), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami (June 10, 2014), Tokyo Haneda (June 18, 2014) and Dallas/Fort Worth (July 1, 2014).

Daily nonstop Doha to/from Bali: (all times local)

QR 962 departs Doha (DOH) at 02:35; arrives Bali Denpesar (DPS) at 17:35
QR 963 departs Bali Denpesar (DPS) at 19:35; arrives Doha (DOH) at 23:59

Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 787-8 A7-BCB (msn 38320) soars beautifully.

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United’s first Boeing 787-9 rolls out of the Everett final assembly building

United 787-9 Factory Rollout - April 8, 2014

United Airlines‘ (Chicago) first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of final assembly Tuesday evening (April 8) at Boeing’s Everett, Washington, facility. The rollout marks the first major milestone in the aircraft’s production ahead of its expected delivery this summer. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second and newest member of the fuel-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched 20 feet longer than the 787-8, United’s 787-9 will fly more than 30 additional passengers and up to 300 nautical miles farther with the same exceptional environmental performance, including up to 20 percent less fuel burn per seat and up to 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft. The airline is the North American launch customer for the aircraft.

Earlier this year, United announced that it will fly the 787-9 on nonstop service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and Melbourne, Australia, beginning in October. The airline will fly the route six times weekly with the aircraft. United will be the first North American carrier to take delivery of the 787-9, and this will be the airline’s first international deployment of the aircraft type.

Over the next several months, the aircraft will move to the next phase of completion, which includes final cabin configuration and painting. United’s 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space. United’s first 787-9 will also be one of five aircraft used by Boeing in a flight test program to certify the aircraft.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines.

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Air Canada gets ready to take delivery of the first Boeing 787-8

Air Canada (Montreal) first Boeing 787-8 (C-GHPQ, msn 35257) has been painted and is due to be delivered soon. The carrier is expected to introduce the new type domestically on May 1 between Toronto (Pearson) and Montreal (Trudeau) and will operate on select routes as the new type is introduced to the system (reportedly on select flights from Toronto to London Heathrow and Zurich). However the new type will be dedicated to the Toronto-Tokyo (Haneda) route starting on July 1 and the Toronto-Tel Aviv route also in July.

Read more about the new type: CLICK HERE

Video: Air Canada.

 

British Airways launches the new Boeing 787 route to Austin, Texas with Jerry Hall

British Airways (London) today (March 3) launched the new London (Heathrow)-Austin, Texas Boeing 787 route with the help of Texan Jerry Hall (formerly married to Mick Jagger). The inaugural flight is utilizing 787-8 G-ZBJC (see below).

Austin is British Airways’ 25th North American gateway and third in the state of Texas (Houston and Dallas being the other two). This is the first trans-Atlantic route between Austin and London.

The callsign for British Airways aircraft is Speedbird. The Speedbird symbol was designed by Lee-Elliott for Imperial Airways in 1932. It represents speed, flight and power – and became one of the most successful motifs of the twentieth century.

Speedbird 191 will arrive in Austin later today.

Read the full report from the Daily Mail: CLICK HERE

British Airways issued this statement:

British Airways today launches its inaugural flight between Austin, Texas and London, England.  This marks the first regular trans-Atlantic nonstop service for the city of Austin.  The inaugural flight into Austin Bergstrom International Airport will be met by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and British Airways EVP Americas Sean Doyle.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and inaugural British Airways Captain Dave Willsher flying the 787 Dreamliner Simulator and welcoming British Airways to Austin, Texas. (PRNewsFoto/British Airways)

For this much anticipated route, British Airways will operate one of the newest aircraft in its fleet, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  The service will be available five days a week, increasing to daily flights in May.  The first flight is perfectly timed to help accommodate travelers from Europe heading to the international South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals.

The new aircraft features three cabins: Club World (business class), 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.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJD (msn 38619) was delivered on September 27, 2013.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging/AirlinersGallery.com. G-ZBJC touches down in Austin on the historic first flight.

British Airways 787-8 G-ZBJC (97-Union flag)(Ldg) AUS (FEI)(LRW)

 

Norwegian today launches Stockholm-Los Angeles Boeing 787 nonstop flights

Norwegian Long Haul‘s (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) today launched the first nonstop flight between Stockholm (Arlanda) and Los Angeles in California with twice weekly service. As of April 30, Norwegian will operate three flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This is the first time that Sweden has a nonstop flight to Los Angeles.

Twice-weekly nonstop Stockholm – Oakland flights will begin on May 3, 2014 and will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Currently Norwegian’s other long-haul routes from Stockholm Arlanda operate to New York (JFK), Fort Lauderdale/Fort Lauderdale and Bangkok.

Norwegian is currently attempting to transfer the Norwegian Long Haul operations to Norwegian Air International (Dublin). All of the 787s are registered in Ireland.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 EI-LNA (msn 35304) lands at Malaga with Olympic skater Sonja Henie on the tail.

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For sale – early “teen” overweight 787s sitting at Everett, Washington – great bargains

Air India 787-8 VT-ANB (07-2nd)(Grd) PAE (ND)(LRW)

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) according to Bloomberg “is struggling to find buyers for 11 of its earliest 787 Dreamliners valued at $1.1 billion after two airlines dropped orders for the holdover models from the jet’s troubled birth.”

The partially built 787s, now sitting unfinished at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, are known as the “terrible teens” (due to the line numbers). The undelivered aircraft start at line number 10. The “terrible teens” weight more than the current production and flying 787s and will not be able to fly as far if they are finished and delivered to a willing customer looking for a bargain. Most have been parked for around four years according to the report.

Garuda Indonesia is reportedly considering buying the under-performing “terrible teens” according to the report.

The 11 aircraft were originally destined for Lion Air, RwandAir and Transaero Airlines.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Bloomberg originally reported in January 2010 how Boeing was working on trimming the weight of the early 787 Dreamliners.

Read this report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Most of the “terrible teens” are sitting in a sealed manner like the pictured Air India 787-8  VT-ANB (msn 37274, line number 26) once did. VT-ANB was just delivered to Air India on January 31, 2014.

Ethiopian Airlines to start daily Boeing 787 service to Shanghai on March 29

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will start daily Boeing 787 service to Shanghai, China on March 29.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOR (msn 34746) prepares to touch down at Dulles International Airport near Washington.

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LOT Polish Airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) is allowing passengers to use their personal electronic devices (PED) on board LOT’s aircraft in flight mode beginning on February 17, 2014.

Passengers may keep these devices switched on throughout the journey including take-offs and landings.  They may use all the functions on their phones, tablets, MP3 players or cameras, but without the use of the cellular signal (making calls or sending SMSes).

The use of PEDs on board LOT’s aircraft was driven by a decision of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which stated the use of electronics on board planes does not affect aircraft operations provided the flight mode (non-transmitting mode) is switched on.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 SP-LRD (msn 35941) arrives at Toronto (Pearson).

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Norwegian Air International is awarded an AOC in Ireland, will lease four Boeing 787-9s

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Long Haul) (Norwegian Air International) (Norwegian.com) has issued this statement concerning the issuance of an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the state of Ireland for subsidiary Norwegian Air International Limited (Dublin) on February 12. Norwegian’s long haul Boeing 787s operations will be transferred to this new subsidiary.

Norwegian issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):

Irish authorities have awarded Norwegian Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and license to Norwegian’s wholly owned subsidiaries Norwegian Air International Limited, which has its administration in Dublin.

The operation of the Norwegian’s long-haul routes will, with the new permit will be transferred to Norwegian Air International Limited (NAI). The airline has established management and essential government functions in Dublin and is ready to operate under the Irish Aviation Authority.

Why Ireland?

There are several reasons why the Norwegian has established long-distance company in Dublin. The main reason is the availability of future traffic rights to and from the EU. Norwegian has an order for over 260 new aircraft and plans to launch several new routes to and from Europe.  Norwegian Air International’s establishment in Ireland does not affect the export guarantees attached to the company’s financing. Besides that Ireland has an aviation authority of good repute, the country is also a sort of hub for the airline industry – including all major leasing companies such as Norwegian partners with offices in Dublin.

The choice of Ireland, not because the country has specific rules that allow American or Asian crews, with both politicians and unions have claimed. In fact, Norwegian could have based its long-distance company in any other European country and yet used American and Asian crews, as several other European airlines have done for years. The only exceptions are Norway and to some extent Denmark who have chosen to retain outdated rules regarding this.

Transfer of new AOC

The transfer of the first Dreamliner plane to the new EU AOC: one implemented on February 12 and was done in conjunction with scheduled maintenance. The remaining aircraft will be transferred. U.S. transport authorities will now consider its application for traffic rights asserted
Norwegian’s long-haul flights to and from the United States. This is regulated under the Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and the EU, which means that an operator from any party that meets the conditions, shall be entitled to operate under this agreement. It granted the operating license and the license in Ireland means that Norwegian meets all the necessary requirements.

Competitors and unions have made a number of false accusations against both Norwegian and Ireland. This is despite the EU’s transport authorities, Irish and Norwegian regulators have repeatedly disproved it. Norwegian expects the approval of the application of the United States in compliance with the Open Skies Agreement as Norwegian has the same rights as before when the aircraft were moved from Norway to the EU.

In other news, Norwegian has contracted for four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for delivery in 2017 and 2018. With the new agreement, Norwegian’s 787 fleet will increase to 14 aircraft.

The four aircraft will be leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). The new aircraft will be in service in 2017 and 2018.

Norwegian has three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in the current fleet and five more on order. Further, the company has already signed an agreement for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with deliveries in the first quarter of 2016. In total, Norwegian will have a fleet of 14 long-haul 787 aircraft, with four to be delivered in 2014, one in 2015, two in 2016, two in 2017 and two in 2018.

This larger Dreamliner model accommodates more passengers and is more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than the 787-8 model. Boeing has already made a series of test flights and the aircraft type will be in commercial operation later in 2014. The agreement has been signed with the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

Finally, Norwegian announced an annual profit before tax of 437 million Norwegian kroner (NOK) ($71.6 million). For the fourth quarter, Norwegian reported a profit of 283 million kroner.

2013 is the seventh year in a row that Norwegian has reported a profit.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian Long Haul’s (now Norwegian Air International) Boeing 787-8 EI-LNA (man 35304) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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AeroMexico to introduce the Boeing 787 on the Mexico City – Madrid route

AeroMexico (Mexico City) will introduce the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Mexico City-Madrid route with three new weekly frequencies.

The new type will offer 243 seats – 32 of them in Premier Class with new individual entertainment systems.

The new flights will supplement the daily Boeing 777-200 ER service.

As previously reported, starting in May, AeroMexico will introduce the 787 on the Mexico City- London (Heathrow Airport) route.

Since October 2013, AeroMexico has been operating the Boeing 787 on the Mexico City-Paris (CDG) route.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 N964AM (msn 35307) arrives in New York (JFK).

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Hainan Airlines brings the Boeing 787 to Seattle/Tacoma

Hainan 787-8 B-2728 (07)(Grd) SEA (Joel Chusid)(LRW)

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) started operating its new Boeing 787-8 on its nonstop service between SeaTac International Airport and Beijing effective yesterday (Friday, January 10, 2014).  The carrier has been operating the route since it inaugurated service on June 9, 2008 with Airbus A330 aircraft.  Scheduled departure and arrival times at Seattle/Tacoma will not change, and Hainan will be the only foreign airline operating between the United States and China nonstop with Dreamliners.

Hainan’s high quality service has become well known to travelers who fly between Seattle and China. Hainan Airlines has built a reputation for quality. Its business class service features flat-bed seats with turndown service, gourmet dining and fine wines on bone china, and complimentary limo service in Beijing for both arrival and departure Even its economy class service is well regarded, as the airline received the award for the Best Economy Class Service in the world by World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar just a few weeks ago. The Dreamliner will add more features to what Hainan refers to as a “Cherished Experience”.

“Hainan Airlines has strong ties to Seattle, operating 110 Boeing aircraft out of a fleet of 128”, said Joel Chusid, Seattle-based Executive Director, US. “We have been looking forward to this for a long time.” The airline has ordered ten Dreamliners, and six are already in service. In addition to Seattle, the aircraft is used domestically and was recently introduced on its trans-Pacific route to Chicago.  Plans are to have all its North American routes flown with Dreamliners, including Toronto (Pearson) and its newest announced destination, Boston, which will begin in June 2014.

Copyright Photo: Joel Chusid. Boeing 787-8 B-2728 (msn 34938) is pictured at SEA on the inaugural flight.

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Norwegian is selling out on its trans-Atlantic Boeing 787 flights

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Long Haul) (Oslo) is doing well with its new Long Haul Boeing 787 flights across the Atlantic Ocean despite the well-publicized early problems with the new type. The airline is now selling out these flights and has ordered more 787s to expand its long range flights according to this article by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Bloomberg Businessweek also asks the question of whether Norwegian will become the cheapest global airline?

Read this interesting article and videos: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (Norwegian.com) (Norwegian Long Haul) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EI-LNA (msn 35304) with the image of Sonja Henie departs from Bangkok.

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Japan Airlines to bring the Boeing 787 to Vancouver starting on February 3

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will begin Boeing 787 operations on its daily nonstop service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) beginning on Monday, February 3, 2014. This inaugural flight will mark the first-ever scheduled arrival of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to YVR.

JAL will introduce the 787-8 Dreamliner to the YVR-NRT route using a phased approach, beginning with one weekly flight on Mondays and extending to its daily flights by March 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 JA828J (msn 38438) approaches the runway for landing in Bangkok.

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Boeing brings the 787-9 to New Zealand, then on to Australia

 

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Boeing (Chicago) has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9′s international debut and longest flight since the robust test program began.

 

The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, ZB002 flew direct from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Auckland International Airport, departing January 3 at 9:55 a.m. local time and landing (shown here) some 13 hours, 49 minutes later. The airplane is scheduled to continue on to Alice Springs,Australia, for testing in hot weather.

 

The 787-9 will complement and extend the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

 

Boeing is on track to deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 402 787-9s, accounting for 39 percent of all 787 orders.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

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Lan Airlines brings the Boeing 787 to Miami

LAN (Chile) 787-8 CC-BBE (04)(Grd) MIA (LC)(LRW)

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) today (January 3) brought the new Boeing 787-8 to Miami for the first time. The first visit was due to the snowstorm in New York (JFK).

The airline is planning to commence regular once-weekly Santiago to Miami 787 service via Cancun starting on August 9, 2014 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: L. Apso. Boeing 787-8 CC-BBE (msn 38473) parked at gate J11 in the South Terminal this morning.

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Jetstar Airways announces expanded Boeing 787 routes

Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has announced a series of new Boeing 787 routes introducing the new type to new destinations. The 787 will be operated from Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Auckland from February 26 through March 28, 2014.

Jetstar took delivery of its first 787, the pictured 787-8 VH-VKA, on October 7 and received its second in December and third in early January 2014.

Jetstar introduced the Boeing 787 from Melbourne to the Gold Coast) on November 13, 2013 (see video below).

Jetstar introduced the 787 on its first international route on December 18 between Melbourne and Denpasar, Bali. The budget airline will add the new type on the Sydney-Denpasar, Bali route next month and Sydney-Phuket, Thailand in February. The Brisbane-Denpasar, Bali route will follow on April 16.

Jetstar 787s carry 335 passengers and feature a 21 seat business class cabin and 314 seats in economy with inflight entertainment available for purchase in every seat.

The airline will have transitioned to an all 787 long haul fleet by 2015, with the Dreamliner eventually replacing all current Jetstar Airbus A330 services, including Melbourne-Phuket. The A330s will be reassigned back to parent QANTAS Airways in order to replace the Boeing 767-300s.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The first 787-8, VH-VKA (msn 36227) arrives at the Melbourne (Tullamarine) base.

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Routes from Melbourne:

Jetstar 12.2013 MEL Route Map

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Hainan Airlines is coming to Boston from Beijing on June 20, 2014

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) today announced it plans to launch nonstop service from Boston’s Logan Airport to Beijing on June 20, 2014. This will represent the first scheduled nonstop flight from Boston to Mainland China in history – and with the industry’s most advanced airliner – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Hainan Airlines will operate the flights every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  With its international hub at Beijing, Hainan will offer connections to cities throughout China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Xi’an and Haikou. Travelers may stopover in Beijing in either direction and connect with numerous additional Chinese cities across the Hainan network such as Chengdu or Dalian. The new Boston flight will complement the carrier’s existing North American service to Beijing from Seattle, Chicago and Toronto.

Flight 482 will depart Logan Airport at 5:10 pm (1710) and arrive in Beijing at 6:50 pm (1850) the following day. Flight 481 will depart Beijing at 1:50 pm (1350) and reach Logan Airport at 3:10 pm (1510) the same day. Flight time is a little over 13 hours.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938)  lands at Paine Field near Everett.

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Air Canada unveils its new Boeing 787 product, the first is coming in the spring

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.

All Images by Air Canada.

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Qatar Airways announces a new route to Edinburgh

Qatar Airways (Doha) announced it will begin flights to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh effective May 28, 2014, operating five flights weekly.

The new route will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a two-cabin configuration, offering passengers 22 Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. The schedule for the new destination is as follows:

Doha to/from Edinburgh:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

QR 027 departs Doha (DOH) at 08:00; arrives Edinburgh (EDI) at 13:15
QR 028 departs Edinburgh (EDI) at 14:45; arrives Doha (DOH) at 23:40

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 128 aircraft to 133 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.

In 2013, Qatar Airways has launched eleven destinations to date – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Ta’if (Saudi Arabia) and most recently Clark Manila International Airport (Philippines).

Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Hangzhou, China (December 20, 2013), Sharjah and Dubai World Central, both in the UAE (March 1, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014) and Miami, USA (June 10, 2014).

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 A7-BCE (msn 38323) lands in Stockholm Arlanda.

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JAL to pull the Boeing 787-8 from two routes due to GE engine icing concerns

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) announced today, according to Retuters, it will pull its Boeing 787-8s from two international routes after Boeing notified the carrier of icing concerns in the General Electric GEnx engines.

The carrier was advised to not fly the aircraft with these engines near thunderstorms following a recent incident in which a 747 experienced a loss of power after flying through a thunderstorm.

JAL will remove the 787-8  on its Tokyo-Delhi and Tokyo-Singapore routes while also dropping plans to use 787-8s on its Tokyo-Sydney route starting next month.

Read the full Reuters report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) lands after a test flight at Paine Field near Everett.

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United Airlines unveils its plans today at its Investor Day conference in New York

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.

“We are working together to build on United’s core strengths and deliver excellent long-term results for our investors,” said Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are committed to achieving sufficient and sustainable profitability that will benefit all of our stakeholders.”

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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Reuters: Norwegian’s CEO said Boeing created a new version of the hydraulic pump

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (Norwegian.com) (Norwegian Long Haul) CEO Bjorn Kjos stated to Reuters in an interview that “Boeing created a new version of the malfunctioning hydraulic pump that controls the flaps used to steer the plane as part of a two-week overhaul to fix the problems with the jet.”

Boeing sent 15 employees to work on the damaged 787-8 EI-LNB at Stockholm (Arlanda).

Norwegian would also like Boeing to check out the first delivery, EI-LNA, which has been operating well.

Will the other 787s need this new hydraulic pump installed?

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Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Troublesome Boeing 787-8 EI-LNB (msn 35505) now with Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl on its tail is now undergoing testing of the repairs at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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Jetstar Airways takes delivery of its first Boeing 787

Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) and Boeing (Chicago) celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 today, which is also the first 787 for Australia.

Jetstar’s 787 Dreamliner departed Monday morning from Boeing’s Everett, Washington delivery center en route to Melbourne, Australia where the plane will be greeted by airline employees and special guests.

Jetstar, the QANTAS Group’s low-cost brand, plans to introduce the 787 first on domestic routes and then its international network. The airline has a total of 14 787 on order and expects to fly an all-787 long-haul fleet by 2015.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured 787-8 VH-VKA (msn 36227) at Paine Field near Everett is the first 787 for Jetstar.

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British Airways is set to introduce the Boeing 787 to Toronto

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).

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AeroMexico takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-8

Boeing (Chicago), International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and AeroMexico (Mexico City) on August 15 celebrated the first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner. AeroMexico is leasing the aircraft from ILFC.

The pictured 787-8 N961AM was delivered from Boeing’s Paine Field (PAE), Everett, Washington, delivery center on August 15.  N961AM took off for Mexico City yesterday (August 16).

N961AM is the first of nine 787-8 airplanes that AeroMexico will operate, including five on lease from ILFC. The airline will operate a total of 19 Dreamliners, including 10 787-9 models ordered in 2012.

AeroMexico’s 787 Dreamliners will be configured with 32 Clase Premier lie-flat seats and 211 seats in economy class.

AeroMexico is the second 787 customer to take delivery of an airplane leased through ILFC.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N961AM (msn 35306) taxies off the runway at PAE.

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Norwegian Long Haul to launch Boeing 787-8 scheduled flights from Stockholm on August 15

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) will launch its Norwegian Long Haul Boeing 787-8 scheduled service from Stockholm (Arlanda) to both New York (JFK) and Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) on August 15. The airline has been operating the new 787 on inter-European routes from Oslo (Gardermoen).

The Dreamliner will be repositioned to Arlanda on August 11. It is due to arrive at ARN at 1500 local time.

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery.com. This dramatic view shows Boeing 787-8 EI-LNA (msn 35304) landing back at Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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Qatar Airways’ grounded Boeing 787-8 A7-BCB returns to service

Qatar Airways‘ (Doha) grounded Boeing 787-8 A7-BCB (msn 38320) was returned to service yesterday (July 31) after being grounded by the airline since July 21 due to unspecified “technical issues” according to this report by Reuters. A7-BCB successfully operated a round trip between Doha and Frankfurt.

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Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. A7-BCB arrives at Dubai.

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Qatar Airways grounds one Boeing 787-8 for a “minor” technical issue

Qatar Airways (Doha) stated yesterday (July 26) it had taken one of its Boeing 787-8 out of service for a “minor” technical issue according to this report by Reuters. New pressure is mounting on Boeing over possible new electrical problems.

The airline and Boeing declined to give further details but industry sources said they were treating seriously reports that the aircraft had been grounded for days after smoke was seen near an electrical panel according to the report.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Newly-manufactured Boeing 787-8 A7-BCE (msn 38323) is pictured leaving Paine Field near Everett, WA yesterday (July 26) on delivery.

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AeroMexico’s first Boeing 787-8 completes its first flight

AeroMexico (Mexico) is adding two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for its long-range routes. Both aircraft will be leased from ILFC. The first, the pictured 787-8 N961AM (msn 35306), completed its first flight on July 21, 2013. The new jetliner is pictured arriving back at Paine Field yesterday afternoon after the successful first flight.

AeroMexico is planning to introduce the new 787 into revenue service on the Mexico City-Monterrey route on September 23 per Airline Route.

In other news, AeroMexico has added its fourth daily flight between Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Mexico City

AeroMexico Connect will operate 99-seat modern Embraer 190 aircraft as follows:

Houston – Mexico City *

AM 0477 6:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. Daily
AM 0419 1:32 p.m. 3:57 p.m. Daily
AM 0471 6:06 p.m. 8:40 p.m. Daily
AM 0473 9:24 p.m. 11:44 p.m. Daily

Mexico City – Houston *

AM 0472 10:04 a.m. 12:22 p.m. Daily
AM 0470 2:30 p.m. 4:56 p.m. Daily
AM 0418 5:47 p.m. 8:14 p.m. Daily
AM 0476 8:59 p.m. 11:23 p.m. Daily

*Schedules are in local time and subject to change without notice.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com.

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British Airways to bring the Boeing 787-8 to Toronto on September 1, issues a new video

British Airways (London) has confirmed it will introduce the new Boeing 787 to both Toronto (Pearson) and Newark as the first two 787 routes. The 787 will debut on the London (Heathrow)-Toronto (Pearson) route on September 1 and the Heathrow-Newark route a month later. The new 787s and Airbus A380s will replace the 30 older Boeing 747-400s between 2017 and 2023.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJB (msn 38610) was handed over by Boeing on June 25 followed by the pictured G-ZBJA (msn 38609) on June 29. Crews are currently undergoing training with both aircraft.

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Norwegian to start long haul 787 operations on August 16

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Oslo) is now targeting August 16 as the date of its first long haul Boeing 787-8 flight. The first Norwegian Long Haul route will now be from Stockholm (Arlanda) to New York (JFK) on August 16 per Airline Route. The airline, as we have reported, has been operating its new 787-8 on short-haul European routes in order for crews to get used to the new type. The new aircraft will also end the lease of HiFly Airbus A330s.

Norwegian is now looking at its routes from the Scandinavian capitals to the United States as its new growth area. The company is also considering a sub-base in either New York or Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood in the future.

Read about the new strategy for News in English: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EI-LNA (msn 35304) lands at Malaga. Malaga is one of the European destinations currently being served with the 787 from Oslo.

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United Airlines to introduce the Boeing 787 on the Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo Narita route

United Airlines (Chicago) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-8 on the Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo (Narita) route on November 5, replacing the Boeing 777-200 ER currently operating on the route according to Airline Route. ANA also operates the 787 on the same route.

In other news, United is dropping the Newark-Buenos Aires route on September 29 per Airline Route. In addition, the Newark-Istanbul will be cancelled on October 26, 2013 (probably for the winter season).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Flying on Norwegian’s first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on a “Dreamtour”

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) is currently operating the pictured Boeing 787-8 EI-LNA (msn 35304) (above) (Antony J. Best) on European routes before it enters its long-haul service career with Norwegian Long haul. EI-LNA was the first 787 for the rapidly-growing low-fare airline and was handed over to the carrier on June 29, 2013.

Norwegian 787 Dreamtour Banner (Norwegian)(LR)

The Norwegian is operating a “Dreamtour” for its European customers this summer. From July 4 through August 4 the airline is substituting its new 787 on select European routes from Oslo. This includes flights to London (Gatwick) as well as Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Nice on the Mediterranean Sea.

Norwegian 787 European Dreamtour (Norwegian)(LR)

Allan Huse booked and flew one of these “Dreamtour” flights, a round trip from London (Gatwick) and Oslo and return.

Asked about his experience and first impressions of the 787, Allan said; “It was very enjoyable and smooth flight. The crew was friendly and knew all about the aircraft and the on board systems. The fare was good at under £100 return. I would recommend a flight on one!”

Allan has also provided these in-flight and cabin photos of EI-LNA from his “Dreamtour”.

Norwegian.com 787-8 EI-LNA (02-Sonja Henie)(Cockpit) LGW (AHE)(LRW)

Above: The “front-end office” of EI-LNA with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. The crew loves the new “toy”.

Norwegian.com 787-8 EI-LNA (02-Sonja Henie)(Cabin-2) LGW (AHE)(LRW)

Above: EL-LNA is dedicated to Norwegian figure skater and film star Sonja Henie. Her image appears on the tail and also in the inside of the cabin where Norwegian has placed a photo of Sonja on the bulkhead.

Norwegian.com 787-8 EI-LNA (02-Sonja Henie)(Cabin) LGW (AHE)(LRW)

Norwegian.com 787-8 EI-LNA (02-Sonja Henie)(Cabin-1) LGW (AHE)(LRW)

Above Two Photos: Even of these short European routes, Norwegian is showing off the mood lighting on EI-LNA.

Norwegian.com 787-8 EI-LNA (02-Sonja Henie)(Wing)(AHE)(LRW)

Above Photo: For those with the perfect window seat, the beautiful sweeping lines of the wing of EI-LNA is apparent.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best (all others by Allan Huse). Boeing 787-8 EI-LNA prepares to land at London (Gatwick).

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Video: In Norwegian. Following in the footsteps of Thomson Airways. Norwegian is taking a state-of-the-art aircraft with its lower operating costs and merging it with its low-fare strategy on new leisure routes.

Trip Report: Flying the Dreamliner #06JUL13 – Welcome to tomorrow

United 787 Trip 1

Guest Editor Marcelo F. De Biasi.

Flying the Dreamliner #06JUL13 – Welcome to tomorrow

Guest Editor Marcelo F. De Biasi

Guest Editor Marcelo F. De Biasi

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).

United 787 Trip 2

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).  United 787 Trip 7

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.

United 787 Trip 3

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.

United 787 Trip 5

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).  

United 787 Trip 8

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”.

United 787 Trip 4

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.

United 787 Trip 6

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:

ABOUT

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 brings its first Boeing 787 to China, will go into service tomorrow

Hainan 787-8 B-2722 (07)(Grd) BFI (Jim Arlow)(LRW)

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.

Hainan 787-8 B-2722 (07)(Flt) (Hainan)(LR)

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.

Hainan First 787 Arrives in China (Hainan)(LR)

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.”

Hainan 787-8 B-2722 Cabin 1 (Jim Arlow)(LRW)

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.

Hainan 787-8 B-2722 Cabin 2 (Jim Arlow)(LRW)

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.

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Thomson Airways launches its first Boeing 787 international flight

Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester) yesterday (July 8) started its first international Boeing 787 route between Manchester and Sanford, Florida

Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUIA (msn 34422) approaches the Manchester base for landing.

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Video: Alesha Dixon helped Thomson Airways launch the first flight to Sanford (near Orlando), Florida:

 

Norwegian takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 from ILFC and Boeing

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Long haul) (Oslo) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Boeing, International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and Norwegian celebrated several milestones on Thursday (June 27) during a delivery ceremony for a new 787 Dreamliner. It was the first 787 delivered to ILFC and its lessee, Norwegian, which will operate the airplane. The 787 also marked the 700th airplane Boeing delivered to ILFC.

The delivery to ILFC builds on Boeing’s 40-year relationship with the Los Angeles-based leasing company and largest 787 customer with 74 Dreamliners on order.

Norwegian currently has eight 787s on order through lease agreements and direct deliveries. The carrier will use the 787s to service its new long-haul routes from Oslo and Stockholm to New York (JFK) and Bangkok. In November, the airline also will operate the 787 to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood from Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

The delivery flight to Oslo (Gardermoen) took 8 hours and 20 minutes.

Before the new aircraft is deployed on its long-haul routes to New York (JFK) and Bangkok, between July 4 and August 4, the new type will be flying a range of European routes from Oslo to include London, Alicante, Malaga, Nice and Barcelona.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian’s Boeing 787-8 EI-LNA (msn 35304) with Sonja Henie on the tail is pictured departing Paine Field near Everett yesterday afternoon (June 28) as “Norstar 576″. Norwegian will operate its new Boeing 787s as a separate “Norwegian Long Haul A.S.” (DU/NLH) division.

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Qatar Airways to fly its Boeing 787 to Stockholm starting on August 1 and Copenhagen and Oslo on September 1

Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced an expansion of its Boeing 787 services to Europe with the new state-of-the-art aircraft being deployed on three Scandinavian routes.

The Doha-based carrier will launch 787 flights to the Swedish capital Stockholm on August 1, followed a month later to both Copenhagen and Oslo – capital cities of Denmark and Norway, respectively, effective September 1.

Qatar Airways operates daily flights to each of the three Scandinavian capitals from its hub, capital of the State of Qatar, with a total weekly capacity of 21 services.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Business Class Interiors
Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Business Class Interiors (Qatar Airways).

 

Qatar Airways has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class are fully reclinable.

The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both Business and Economy cabins.

Made up of composite materials, the 787 Dreamliner is lighter and more fuel-efficient than any comparable aircraft of its size and range. Unique features include larger windows, reduced cabin noise and cleaner cabin air.

Qatar Airways currently operates five Boeing 787s, flying on the London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Dubai routes from Doha. The airline took delivery of its sixth Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show, where the aircraft was open for VIP, trade and media tours. Qatar Airways currently has a further 54 Dreamliners on order.

 

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 125 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.

The airline has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Salalah (Oman), Najaf and Basra (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Chicago (USA). Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new destinations introduced to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia (April 2, 2014).

In other news, Qatar Airways intends to introduce its first Airbus A380 on the Doha-London (Heathrow) route followed by Doha-Paris (CDG) in early 2014.

Qatar Airways currently has 13 Airbus A380s on order with plans to operate them on popular routes, especially in slot-constrained airports. The first A380 will arrive in early 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCL (msn 38330) prepares to touch down at London (Heathrow).

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Bottom Copyright Image: Airbus. The painted tail has been attached to the first Qatar A380 at Toulouse. The first three A380s will be msn 137, 143 and 146.

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Boeing delivers the first 787-8 to British Airways

British Airways (London) and Boeing (Chicago) today announced the delivery of the UK carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, on Wednesday, June 26, arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport today at 12:10 pm local time. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer ofInternational Airlines Group (IAG), the company that owns British Airways.

British Airways has announced that the airline will operate the 787 from Heathrow to Toronto (Pearson) from September 1 and Heathrow to Newark from October 1.

“The delivery of the first of BA’s 787s is an exciting milestone for Boeing and British Airways,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  “The 787 is the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient commercial jetliner in its class. Its improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and cleaner cabin air will offer BA’s passengers an unparalleled flying experience.”

The 787 Dreamliner is composed of lightweight composites and features numerous systems, engine and aerodynamic advancements, with unmatched fuel efficiency using 20 percent less fuel than today’s similarly sized airplanes.  It is the first mid-sized airplane capable of flying long-range routes, providing airlines with unprecedented fuel economy and low operating costs and enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by passengers. On a 787 with Rolls-Royce engines, UK companies make about 25 percent of the 787 by value.

The British Airways 787 Dreamliner carries 214 passengers and is configured with 35 seats in Club World, 25 in World Traveller Plus and 154 seats in the World Traveller cabin.

British Airways operates more than 140 Boeing airplanes within its fleet including 52 777s, as well as the world’s largest fleet of 747s with 52.

This is the first of 24 787s British Airways has on order. In addition, IAG recently announced that it will convert 18 787 options to firm orders for British Airways, subject to shareholder agreement. Twelve of these will be 787-10s, meaning British Airways will operate the entire 787 family – the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10.

British Airways issued this statement:

To celebrate, the airline is launching special fares from both cities to London Heathrow. For travel from Toronto and New York (JFK or Newark), the fares begin at $787 roundtrip in World Traveller (economy). World Traveller Plus, the airline’s premium economy, fares begin from $1290 roundtrip and, continuing the celebrations, Club World business class fares start from $2787 roundtrip. All fares include taxes, fees and carrier charges.

British Kim Cattrall (British)(LR)

The new 787 routes were announced in association with brand ambassador and star of stage and screen, Kim Cattrall (above). Kim, who born in England and raised in Canada said: “I fly regularly between the UK, Canada and the USA with British Airways and I love their service. I need to be ready to work when I land, so to know that I can fly on their 787s and arrive feeling really rested and refreshed is a definite bonus for me.”

New British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliners: Benefits for Customers

  • Low levels of cabin noise resulting in increased rest for customers.
  • A higher humidity level in the cabins reduces the ‘drying effect’ so customers arrive feeling refreshed. This is the result of a difference in pressurization where cabin altitude is the equivalent of 6,000ft; 2,000ft lower than on other aircraft.
  • The aircraft’s smooth ride technology provides extra comfort during any turbulence.
  • The bespoke lighting in every cabin can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and to wake them in the morning.
  • Customers can also enjoy much larger windows, offering views of the horizon from every seat.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance and operating efficiency and I’m sure British Airways customers will love it.

“The 787 will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years. This is the first of 24 that will arrive by 2017, and we have announced plans to convert further options for the aircraft into firm orders for delivery from 2017, including for the new larger 787-10 version.”

Mitch Preston is British Airways’ first 787 pilot to fly the aircraft from Boeing’s Seattle home toLondon. Preston said: “It was a real pleasure to fly the 787 home to Heathrow today — it’s a joy to operate, and a really smooth ride.

“It’s exceptionally quiet and the cabin environment, combined with the service customers would expect from British Airways, will make for a great experience. I for one can’t wait to welcome our customers on board.”

British Airways has ordered 24 787s, which will arrive over the next four years. The airline has also ordered 12 A380s and six additional Boeing 777-300 ERs. Over the next 12 months, it will take delivery of a new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight.

 The aircraft orders form the centrepiece of British Airways’ [Pounds]5bn investment in improved customer experience in the air and on the ground. The airline is the first in Europe to operate both the 787 and the A380.

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Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured 787-8 G-ZBJB (msn 38610) was officially handed over to the carrier on June 25, 2013.

Bottom Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. The first arrival of G-ZBJB this morning at London (Heathrow).

British Airways 787-8 G-ZBJB (97-Union flag)(Apr) LHR (JMS)(LRW)

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United Airlines incurs another Boeing 787 diversion

United Airlines‘ (Chicago) Boeing 787-8 flying from Houston (Bush Intercontinental) to Denver yesterday (June 23) as flight UA 94 was forced to divert and land at another airport because of a break warning light. This became the third 787 diversion in the past week according to ABC 7 News in Denver.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersgGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 N26906 (msn 34829) lines up to land at Los Angeles.

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Thomson Airways puts its first Boeing 787-8 into revenue service

Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester) yesterday (June 21) placed its first new Boeing 787-8 into revenue service between London (Gatwick) and Mahon Airport on Menorca.

Flights operated on June 21:London Gatwick to Mahon (Menorca) TOM4536
Mahon (Menorca to London Gatwick TOM4537
London Gatwick to Mahon (Menorca) TOM4554
Mahon (Menorca) to London Gatwick TOM4555

Flights operated on June 22:

London Gatwick to Palma (Majorca) TOM4600
Palma (Majorca) to London Gatwick TOM4601
London Gatwick to Rhodes TOM4660
Rhodes to London Gatwick TOM4661

Flights currently planned to operate on June 23:

London Gatwick to Heraklion (Crete) TOM4706
Heraklion (Crete) to London Gatwick TOM4707
London Gatwick to Enfidha (Tunisia) TOM 612
Enfidha (Tunisia) to London Gatwick TOM 613

 
Until the new type goes into trans-Atlantic service on July 8, Thomson will operate their 787s on its routes to its more popular Mediterranean destinations, including the Balearic and Greek Islands, replacing Boeing 737-800 and 757-200 equipment.
 
 
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-TUIA (msn 34422) “Living the Dream” is pictured on its final approach for runway 24L at Palma de Mallorca today.
 
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Ethiopian Airlines to fly the Boeing 787 to Seoul starting on June 18

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced that it will become the first African carrier to operate scheduled flights to Seoul (Incheon), the Republic of South Korea effective on June 18, 2013 using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Ethiopian will fly four weekly services to Incheon International Airport in Seoul and its inaugural flight will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and South Korea.

Various ministers, ambassadors, high level officials, members of the business community and an Ethiopian cultural troupe will be on-board the inaugural flight. Joint high profile events such as government, business, trade, tourism, cultural and academic forums highlighting the great potential of the relations between the two countries are scheduled to take place in Seoul from June 19-21, 2013.

Seoul will be Ethiopian 73rd international destination. The inclusion of Seoul into Ethiopian network is part of Ethiopian Vision 2025 of connecting Africa with the major world economic and financial hubs.

Additionally the flag carrier is also using the Boeing 787 to open a new route to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil starting on July 1. The new route will operate three days a week via Lomé-Tokoin Airport in Togo.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOR (msn 34746) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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Qatar Airways to operate the Boeing 787 to six European cities in October

Qatar Airways (Doha) is planning to operate its new Boeing 787-8s to six European cities for the October 27, 2013 winter schedule according to Airline Route. The Doha 787 European routes for the winter season include Copenhagen, London (Heathrow), Munich, Oslo, Stockholm (Arlanda) and Zurich.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 A7-BCL (msn 38330) climbs away from the runway at Zurich.

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United Airlines inaugurates Denver to Tokyo Narita service with its Boeing 787s

United Airlines (Chicago) yesterday (June 10) re-launched international service on the 787 Dreamliner with the inaugural flight from the airline’s hub in Denver to Tokyo-Narita International Airport. The daily flight marks the Mile High City’s first nonstop connection to Asia, a highly anticipated milestone in Denver’s history.

Flight UA 139 departs Denver daily at 12:35 p.m. (1235) and arrives at Tokyo-Narita International Airport at 3:30 p.m. (1530) the next day. For the return, Flight UA 138 departs Tokyo at 5:25 p.m. (1725) and arrives in Denver at 1:15 p.m. (1315) the same day. (All times are local.)

Together with its joint venture partner ANA, United will offer seamless connections at Narita to or from more than 18 destinations in Asia, including important business and trade destinations like Seoul, South Korea, Bangkok and Singapore.

United is the 787 North American launch customer and now has six Dreamliners in its fleet. Theairline has 55 Dreamliners on order and expects to take delivery of two more from Boeing in the second half of 2013.

In addition to the Tokyo route, United in the past year added nine new Denver routes, including flights to emerging energy markets like Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and Dickinson, N.D. Other new destinations United serves from Denver include Santa Fe, N.M., and St. George, Utah. United also recently increased the frequency of service from Denver to Mexico.

United offers more flights to more destinations worldwide from Denver than any other airline, with more than 400 peak day departures to 126 destinations throughout the year. United flies to over 60 more cities than the next largest carrier at Denver International Airport.

United is one of Denver’s largest private employers, with nearly 5,000 employees who proudly call Denver home. United celebrated the airline’s 75th anniversary of service to Denver last year with the announcement it would begin service to Tokyo.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. United 787s are configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy. Boeing 787-8 N26906 (msn 34829) climbs gracefully away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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British Airways’ first new Boeing 787-8 makes its first flight

British Airways‘ (London) first Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJB (msn 38610), made it’s first flight yesterday afternoon (June 8) at Paine Field near Everett.

Two hundred and fourteen customers will enjoy the comforts of the new British Airways 787-8 Dreamliner when delivered.

The 24 new British Airways 787-8s will feature the elegant cabin designs fitted on British Airways’ new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

All eight 787-8s will feature a new Club World 2:3:2 layout, the latest generation World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats.  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 will take delivery of its first 787-8 and Airbus A380 this summer.

The British Airways 787-8 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.

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 long haul aircraft. The first British Airways 787 will be delivered shortly. 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 has issued this statement:

British Airways is poised to become the first airline in Europe to introduce both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 into its fleet.

The airline will take delivery into the UK of its first two 787s on consecutive days, June 26 and 27, Followed by its first A380 on July 4. The new aircraft will arrive around mid-morning.

 

Following their arrival, both aircraft types will begin a complex “entry into service” programs at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and short-haul flying for both aircraft, including flights within the UK.

Seats on the A380 are currently on sale for travel from October 15 to Los Angeles and from November 15 to Hong Kong.

Top Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. We have two views of this historic event. Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJB (msn 38610) passes the camera at PAE after its successful first flight on June 8, 2013.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. G-ZBJB arrives back at Paine Field as “Boeing 451″.

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LOT Polish Airlines introduces the Boeing 787 to New York

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) inaugurated its new Boeing 787-8 with nonstop service from New York’s JFK to Warsaw yesterday (June 1). LOT also made aviation history as the first Dreamliner flight from New York’s JFK Airport as well as the first trans-Atlantic passenger flight.

The flight from Warsaw arrives at JFK at 4:40 p.m. (1640).  The return flight from JFK departs at 6:25 p.m. (1825) and arrives the next day in Warsaw at 9:35 a.m. (0935). The flights were previously operated with Boeing 767s.

Originally LOT had scheduled the JFK launch of the Dreamliner on June 30, but decided to speed up the actual implementation.  The next Dreamliner launch will occur in Chicago (O’Hare) on June 5, followed by Toronto (Pearson) on June 7.  LOT, the first European carrier to operate the Dreamliner, has three out of the eight ordered in its fleet and is expecting delivery of the fourth aircraft at the end of June.

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 implemented a new design inspired by traditional and famous symbols of Poland. These changes are 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.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. The historic first arrival at JFK is recorded. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) prepares to touch down at JFK.

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Thomson Airways takes delivery of the first two Boeing 787-8s, will be introduced on July 8 to Sanford and Cancun

Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester) and Boeing announced the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of eight 787s Thomson Airways has on order, is the first to be delivered to a UK airline. 787-8 G-TUIA was handed over on May 30 followed by G-TUIB yesterday (May 31).

Thousands gathered to watch Thomson’s 787 Dreamliner arrive at Manchester Airport, completing its delivery flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Senior Thomson and Boeing executives, including Thomson Managing Director Chris Browne and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Marketing Randy Tinseth, were onboard the delivery flight.

“After much anticipation, we are very excited to welcome the 787 Dreamliner to our fleet and as the first airline in the UK, hope our customers will enjoy the unique experience of this revolutionary aircraft,” said Browne. “The extended flying range of the Dreamliner also unlocks a host of new and exciting holiday options for our customers, increasing the range of long-haul destinations available with Thomson Airways from four UK airports. Customers will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service – all of which will ensure the unique Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft.”

The aircraft was welcomed on arrival at Manchester by Todd Nelp, vice president of European sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owner of Manchester Airport.

On July 8, Thomson’s first long-haul Dreamliner flights will operate from Manchester to Florida (Sanford) and Glasgow to Cancun. Thomson will also operate services from London Gatwick and East Midlands airports. Later this year, the airline will introduce direct flights to Phuket, Thailand from the UK.

The Thomson 787 Dreamliner will carry 291 passengers and is configured with 47 seats in the airline’s Premium Club cabin and 244 seats in the Economy Club cabin.

Thomson Airways is part of the TUI Travel PLC and is the UK’s third largest airline operating 58 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-TUIB (msn 34423) departs from Paine Field near Everett (please click on the photo for the full-size view).

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Thomson 5:2013 MAN Long Haul Routes

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Video: Thomson is the first operator of the 787 in the UK.

China Southern Airlines to introduce the Boeing 787 on June 6

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-8 to scheduled service on June 6. The new type will be introduced on the Guangzhou-Beijing route.

On May 31, Boeing and China Southern Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner. China Southern is the first Chinese airline to take delivery of the game-changing airplane.

This delivery is the first of 10 Dreamliners for China Southern. China Southern will first operate the 787 on domestic flights before introducing the Dreamliner on its long-haul international passenger service. China Southern is the tenth customer worldwide to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. The first, Boeing 787-8 B-2725 (msn 34923), arrives back at Everett (Paine Field) after a test flight. B-2725 is painted in a special 787 color scheme.

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LOT Polish Airlines to resume Boeing 787 operations on June 1

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) has moved up its resumption of Boeing 787 services now to June 1. The flag carrier will resume 787 flights on this date between Warsaw and New York (JFK). The previous date of resumption was June 5.

LOT is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Warsaw-New York route.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 SP-LRA (msn 35938) prepares to land at London (Heathrow) before the grounding.

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LOT Polish 5:2013 Route Map

United Airlines puts its the Boeing 787 back into revenue service

United Airlines (Chicago) as planned welcomed back its Boeing 787 today with the re-launch of commercial service from the airline’s hub in Houston (Bush Intercontinental). United’s flight UA 1 departure from Houston Intercontinental at 11 a.m. to Chicago O’Hare marked the return of regular service using the world’s most advanced and efficient aircraft on domestic and international routes.

United will operate additional Dreamliner flights on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs this week, and the airline will launch international 787 service on the much-anticipated Denver-Tokyo route on June 10. This summer United also plans to inaugurate 787 service on existing routes including Houston-London, Los Angeles-Tokyo, Los Angeles-Shanghai and Houston-Lagos.

The airline expects to take delivery of two more Dreamliners from Boeing in the second half of 2013.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com.

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