Air India (Mumbai) has finalized the details in order to sell five Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) aircraft to Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). As previously prorated, the two airlines signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) in October. The aircraft will be delivered by March 2014 according to this report by The Economic Times.
The 777-200 LR is a new type for Etihad Airways.
Read the full story from The Economic Times: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALH (msn 36307) is relatively new as it was delivered to Air India on August 28, 2009.
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.
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.
Boeing (Chicago) has delivered a 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for lease to Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa). The 777-300 ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The pictured 777-36N ER ET-APX (msn 42101) was handed over on November 7 as scheduled.
Ethiopian’s first 777-300 ER will seat nearly 400 passengers in a two-class configuration and perfectly complements its existing fleet of six 777-200 LR (Longer Range) airplanes by providing additional capacity and flexibility on popular routes, such as Guangzhou, Washington, D.C. and Dubai.
The 777-300 ER can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers) and is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine. Ethiopian’s 777-300ER also features the Boeing Signature Interior that offers wider seats, wider aisles, more headroom and more seating flexibility.
Ethiopian currently serves 76 destinations across five continents and was recently awarded African Business of the Year at the annual African Business Awards. The carrier’s partnership with Boeing stretches back over six decades, with a current fleet of nearly 50 Boeing airplanes that includes Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787 Dreamliners and a cargo fleet that includes 757s, 777 Freighters and a MD-11.
The airline issued this statement:
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, took delivery of the first of its four Boeing 777-300 ERs on November 7, 2013. The Boeing 777-300 ER is the largest aircraft in the airline’s fleet with 400 passengers seating capacity.
Ethiopian Boeing 777-300 ER will operate in its dense routes such as Guangzhou, Washington D.C., Dubai and Luanda. The aircraft is scheduled to serve the Addis Ababa – Luanda route three times a week, as of November 10, 2013, and three times a week on the Addis Ababa – Guangzhou route, as of November 15, 2013.
Ethiopian, which is a multi-award winning Pan-African carrier as the Passenger Choice “Best Airline in Africa” and the SKYTRAX “Best Staff Service in Africa” of 2013, will phase in three additional B777-300ERs in January 2014, May and June 2015.
Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines.
Boeing (Chicago) has delivered a 777-300 ER (Extended Range) to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for lease to Kenya Airways (Nairobi). The pictured 777-36N ER 5Y-KZZ (msn 41818) was handed over on October 24.
Kenya Airways’ 777-300 ER is configured with 400 seats, 28 in Premier World and 372 in Economy, and features USB ports, power sockets and an all-new in-flight entertainment system throughout the cabin. The airplane can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers) and is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine.
Kenya Airways is set to take delivery of a further two 777-300 ERs, including an additional lease, as part of the carrier’s 10-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu.’ The Nairobi-based carrier plans to increase its fleet size from 44 airplanes to 107 by 2021 and destinations from the current 62 to 115. Currently the airline operates an all-Boeing long-haul fleet of four 777-200 ERs and six 767-300 ERs.
With this delivery, Kenya Airways is also working with Boeing to support the Alaskan Sudan Medical Project (ASMP) by carrying 10,400 lbs (4,717 kilograms) of humanitarian supplies on the 777-300 ER’s delivery flight to Kenya. ASMP will use the supplies to build medical clinics, drill water wells and construct bio-sand filters for clean water in the Jonglei region of South Sudan. The humanitarian cargo will also include water pumps and agriculture equipment to support local farmers, fulfilling the ASMP’s mission statement of saving lives through health, clean water and agriculture.
Kenya Airways operates a fleet of more than 25 Boeing airplanes including, 777s, 767s and 737s. The carrier serves more than 60 destinations across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe and has nine 787 Dreamliners currently on order from Boeing.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-36N ER 5Y-KZZ (msn 41818) climbs beautifully from the runway at Paine Field near Everett.
FedEx Express (Memphis), an operating company of FedEx Corporation (Memphis), yesterday introduced its new Boeing 767-300 cargo jet scheduled to begin service this fall. The aircraft is the first of several new 767-300 freighters being added to the FedEx fleet, and represents a major step in the company’s strategically important aircraft fleet modernization program. The 767-300 joins 777s and 757s in the company’s growing fleet of more efficient, lower-emission freighters.
The aircraft was center stage at an event attended by FedEx team members and special guests at the company’s World Hub in Memphis.
The initial 767 was delivered to FedEx from Boeing last month and is undergoing the certification process required to begin service. It is among 50 767s FedEx has ordered, which are scheduled to be delivered through the end of the company’s fiscal year 2019.
With a maximum gross payload capacity of 127,100 pounds, the medium wide-body 767 Freighter has a flight range of 2,922 nautical miles (3,362 statute miles).
The 767 brings FedEx an array of double-digit efficiencies. The freighter is approximately 30 percent more fuel efficient and has unit operating costs that are more than 20 percent lower than the MD10 aircraft it will replace. The ability to share parts, tooling and flight simulators with FedEx 757 freighters is another efficiency of the 767.
Across its aircraft fleet, FedEx projects a 30 percent reduction in its unit carbon emissions by the year 2020. In addition, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to sourcing at least 30 percent of its jet fuel from alternative fuels by the year 2030.
With the 767 freighter, FedEx is also introducing a new “efficient container” or Unit Load Device used to hold individual packages on the aircraft. The FedEx Efficient Container is lighter and its construction includes more recycled materials.
Under its aircraft fleet modernization program, FedEx began upgrading its fleet in 2007 with the addition of 757 freighters to replace 727s. The final 727 in the FedEx fleet was retired in June.
In 2009, the company introduced the 777, the world’s largest twin-engine cargo freighter with a non-stop flight range of 5,800 nautical miles (6,675 statute miles) and a cargo capacity of 178,000 pounds in typical FedEx service.
Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3S2F ER N101FE (msn 42706) taxies at Paine Field near Everett. N101FE was delivered to FedEx on September 4, 2013.
Boeing (Chicago) has just announced that it will adjust the production rate for the 747-8 program from 1.75 airplanes to 1.5 airplanes per month through 2015 because of lower market demand for large passenger and freighter airplanes.
The company expects long-term average growth in the air cargo market to begin returning in 2014, and forecasts global demand for 760 large airplanes (such as the 747-8) over the next 20 years, valued at $280 billion.
The 747-8 family provides airlines with double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency, operating costs and emissions, while being 30 percent quieter and adding more capacity. To date, the 747-8 has accumulated 107 orders for passenger and cargo versions, 56 of which have been delivered.
The first delivery at the new production rate is expected in early 2014. The production rate change is not expected to have a significant financial impact.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-8KZF N50217 (JA12KZ) (msn 36137) climbs away from the runway at Paine Field near Everett, WA.
Air India‘s (Mumbai) Boeing 787-8 VT-ANO (msn 36286) while being operated on flight AI 803 from Delhi to Bangalore with 148 passengers and crew members, lost a 4′ x 8′ panel while en route between the two cities on October 12, 2013. The troubled airliner made a safe emergency landing at Bangalore. The panel has since been repaired and the aircraft is back in service according to The Times of India.
VT-ANO was delivered to Air India on October 4, 2013.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Soon to be delivered Boeing 787-8 VT-ANG (msn 36275) Completes a test flight at Paine Field near Everett.
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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today is expected to formally unveil this new “Employee powered” Boeing 737-800 logojet as a way of thanking its employees. Here is a sneak preview.
The dashes between the two stripes are signatures of employees that attended the FlightPath meetings of Alaska Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly painted in the “Follow Apolo to Hawaii” special scheme, the pictured Boeing 737-890 N568AS (msn 35183) at Paine Field in Everett, WA now wears this special color scheme dedicated to its employees. It is not a new livery for Alaska but the company has been rumored to be testing new designs to replace its current 1990 livery.
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.
Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) and Boeing (Chicago) celebrated the delivery of the 787 Dreamliner – the first for the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei and for Southeast Asia. The pictured 787-8 V8-DLA (msn 34785) was handed over to the carrier on October 2.
The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett on Wednesday evening (October 2) for a 6,540 nautical miles (12,112 km) nonstop flight home to Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei.
The new 787 is scheduled to begin flying regionally to Singapore on October 18, with long-haul service to London, via Dubai, set to begin on December 1. Royal Brunei anticipates delivering on its promise of 100 percent Dreamliner long-haul service in the second quarter of 2014 when it will introduce the 787 on flights to Melbourne, Australia.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com
Boeing (Chicago) and FedEx Express (Memphis), an operating company of FedEx Corp. (Memphis), yesterday (September 4) celebrated the delivery of the company’s first 767-300 freighter. The delivery supports the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters.
The 767 Freighter is an ideal upgrade for the fleet serving the FedEx Express domestic network, providing improved fuel, maintenance and cost savings over the MD-10 freighters it will replace. FedEx Express gains additional efficiency through the ability to share parts, tooling and flight simulators between the 767 and the more than 70 757 freighters already in its fleet.
The 767 freighter is based on the popular 767-300 ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tons) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 Freighter is ideal for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.
The airplane joins other Boeing freighters in the FedEx fleet such as the MD-10, MD-11, 757 and the 777.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3S2F N101FE (msn 42706) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett, WA on a test flight prior to the official hand over.
Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Oslo) continues its long-range expansion and is launching new routes from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Los Angeles (twice-weekly starting March 2, 2014) and San Francisco (twice-weekly starting on May 3, 2014). Additionally, the carrier will launch nonstop services between Copenhagen and Los Angeles (twice-weekly starting on March 1, 2014) and New York (twice-weekly starting February 28, 2014), along with Oslo and Los Angeles (weekly starting on June 1, 2014) , Oakland (three flights a week starting on May 28, 2014) and Orlando (MCO) (twice weekly starting on May 29, 2014).
Meanwhile, the company is increasing its capacity between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Copenhagen, from two to three flights a week. In addition, Norwegian is adding a new direct route to New York (JFK) from Copenhagen.
Norwegian started flying long haul services in May and now offers six flights a week between Scandinavia and New York (JFK) and five weekly flights between Scandinavia and Bangkok. In November, the company will start flights to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood from Stockholm (Arlanda), Copenhagen and Oslo.
Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 787-8 EI-LNB (msn 35305) was delivered on August 25, 2013 and will soon have a famous person on the tail.
British Airways (London) today announced that it will launch a new service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London Heathrow beginning in early March 2014. This will be the first regular trans-Atlantic flight for the city of Austin.
British Airways will operate a Boeing 787 aircraft five days a week, increasing to daily flights later in the year. Seats and vacation packages are available for purchase at ba.com beginning today.
The new service will have three cabins, Club World (business), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy). The cabins feature stylish new interiors with state-of-the-art entertainment systems. British Airways provides meals, snacks and beverages, including full service bar for free. Customers can also benefit from a generous baggage allowance.
This marks British Airways’ third destination in Texas, with the airline also serving Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Business and leisure travelers will fly into the modern Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport with fast connections to the city or easy transfer to onward destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJB (msn 38610) lands back at Everett (Paine Field) before it was handed over to British Airways.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to expand capacity on routes between Japan, Asia and North America. ANA issued this report:
|ANA Group is set to expand capacity on routes between Japan, Asia and North America in a modification to its international and domestic air transportation plan for second half of FY2013. This expansion will allow the airline to capitalize on the strong demand for travel to Japan and for flights between Asia and North America.On international routes, ANA Group is preparing for the second round of additional takeoff and landing slots for international routes at Haneda Airport. In addition, the airline is increasing the frequency of flights on routes to North America and expanding supply capacity on Asian routes, in line with its strategy to absorb increasing demand for flights to Japan and flights between Asia and North America, transiting in Japan.
These service enhancements will make it more convenient for ANA passengers to travel both domestically and internationally and will improve ANA’s standing as a full-service carrier, further enhancing the Company’s competitive edge.
Details can be found below.
|ANA Group has strengthened its North American route network by increasing flights to New York from October 2012 and by increasing flights to Chicago from September 1. In addition, in order to respond to further increases in demand for flights to Japan and flights between Asia and North America transiting in Japan via the Narita Airport hub, ANA Group will be expanding capacity on Asian routes by introducing larger aircraft.(1) Introduction of Boeing 787-8 on Asian routes
*All 14 flights will be operated by B787-8 from Sunday, October 27, 2013
The premium economy seats and services which have proved extremely popular on Boeing 777-300 ER long-haul international flights (routes to Europe and North America) will be sequentially introduced on to 787* flights.
From September 1, 2013, premium economy service will begin on the Haneda = Frankfurt route, and will subsequently be introduced sequentially onto other routes.
|ANA Group is planning, at the end of fiscal year 2013, to retire all Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which have served for many years as the Group’s mainstay aircraft model, principally on major routes. For Cargo flights, ANA Group is launching two new routes from Sunday, October 27, 2013. The routes are Narita=Guangzhou and Okinawa=Qingdao, both operated by Boeing 767-300F . Tokyo(Narita)=Guangzhou will serve from above date until Monday, March 3, 2014.
Furthermore, at the end of fiscal 2013, ANA will be taking delivery of its tenth Boeing 767-300F dedicated cargo aircraft, with the aim of expanding cargo business.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA’ Boeing 787-8 JA815A (msn 40899) taxies at Paine Field near Everett, WA.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) reported on Wednesday it had discovered wiring problems in the fire extinguishers on three of its Boeing 787-8s.
United Technologies reported yesterday its units were responsible for the problem due to an assembly error. The error has been corrected and all 787s are being inspected with the assistance of Boeing according to this report by Reuters.
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Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 787-8 JA823A (msn 42246) destined for ANA touches down again at Paine Field near Everett after a test flight by Boeing.
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.
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.
American launches codeshare agreement with LAN Colombia, creditors and shareholders tentatively approve the merger with US Airways
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced the launch of a new codeshare agreement with LAN Colombia (Bogota), adding new service to key destinations in Colombia and further strengthening American’s relationship with LATAM Airlines Group. Customers can begin booking travel on the codeshare flights for travel beginning August 8.
The new codeshare agreement will give American’s customers seamless connecting service within Colombia and provide LAN Colombia’s customers access to new destinations in the United States. The two airlines will codeshare on flights between the U.S. and Colombia and provide American’s customers access to four new destinations in Colombia – Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cartagena and Pereira, while giving LAN Colombia’s customers access to 12 new cities in the U.S. from Miami, including Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and New York (JFK).
In addition, LAN Colombia plans to join the oneworld® alliance in the fourth quarter of this year. LAN Colombia operates more than 990 weekly flights to cities throughout Colombia as well as destinations in Brazil and the U.S. From its Bogota hub, LAN Colombia offers 125 daily flights, including service to 20 Colombian cities.
In addition to the codeshare agreement with LAN Colombia, later this year American will launch new service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Bogota (BOG), demonstrating its mission to provide customers with expanded options through a growing network footprint in Latin America. American currently operates up to 35 weekly flights from its hub in Miami to Bogota (BOG), Cali (CLO) and Medellin (MDE).
In others news, AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., announced the preliminary voting results on the Company’s Plan of Reorganization, which indicate overwhelming acceptance of the Plan by those creditors and shareholders entitled to vote.
Of the eight creditor classes entitled to vote, at least 88 percent of the ballots received and tabulated in each class, representing more than 97 percent of the claims value voting in each class, were voted in favor of the Plan. Additionally, more than 99 percent of the shares tabulated for the class of AMR stockholders voted to accept the Plan.
The final voting results for the Plan will be certified and filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in advance of the confirmation hearing on August 15, 2013.
On June 7, 2013, the Court authorized the company to begin soliciting approval of the Plan from AMR’s creditors and stockholders. Voting on the Plan ended July 29, 2013 at 5 p.m. EDT.
The effective date of the Plan and American’s Chapter 11 emergence are expected to occur simultaneously with the closing of the merger with US Airways. The merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013.
Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 777-323 ER N725AN (msn 41666) was handed over to American Airlines on July 31, 2013.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade/AirlinersGallery.com. Former AIRES Colombia Boeing 737-73S EI-EEB (msn 29081) of LAN Colombia taxies past the camera at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
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.
FedEx Pilots’ Union: Report on UPS Boeing 747 crash highlights the need for new regulations on the carriage of Lithium Batteries
The FedEx Express Pilots Union (FedEx Express) (Memphis) has issued this statement reference the release of the Accident Report on the UPS Airlines (Atlanta and Louisville) Boeing 747-400F freighter crash at Dubai (please see our previous report). At the heart of the issue, are lithium batteries safe on any airplane?:
On September 3, 2010, our industry lost two fellow aviators when UPS Flight 6 crashed near Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) released its final report concerning the investigation into this fatal crash. The GCAA, while not pinpointing the origin of the fateful blaze, determined that the ensuing fire was promulgated by lithium batteries and found that smoke-detection equipment took too long to alert the crew.
The report provides recommendations specific to air cargo fire safety. The FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC) joins Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Int’l in praising the GCAA for its thorough report. The report makes unmistakably clear the dangers of carrying large quantities of lithium batteries. “As cargo pilots, we are fully aware of the potential dangers associated with the carriage of lithium batteries,” said MEC chairman Captain Scott Stratton. “These pilots’ lives were tragically cut short as they valiantly tried to bring their crippled aircraft back to the ground. Through their actions, they were able to prevent a much larger disaster from occurring. We owe it to them as well as to all of those who fly this nation’s commerce every day, to ensure that regulatory directives are harmonized across the globe and robust enough to preclude future events such as this.”
The GCAA recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its European counterpart develop better firefighting standards and equipment for cargo planes, with visual warnings about where a fire is located. The FedEx MEC strongly believes that the United States must take a leadership role in protecting aircraft against the possibility of catastrophic fires caused by lithium batteries. The improvement in regulations covering the transportation of large quantities of lithium batteries must proceed immediately in order to begin to eliminate this deadly hazard. “Now is the time for the U.S. government to act to ensure the safety of our skies,” said FedEx Legislative Affairs chairman Captain Fred Eissler. “We will continue to work with our government leaders, dangerous goods regulatory authorities, and our fellow airline pilots to address the safety issues and concerns found in the GCAA report.”
“The FedEx pilots are committed to working with industry and government leaders to minimize the risks associated with the carriage of dangerous goods,” continued Captain Stratton. “The GCAA’s report adds to the building body of evidence that clearly shows much more effort is needed to facilitate negating the risks associated with the carriage of lithium batteries.”
Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 767-300F for FedEx Express is being prepared for its first flight at Paine Field near Everett, WA. 767-3S2F N101FE (msn 42706) taxied to the runway yesterday afternoon.
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.
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) has converted five Boeing 777-300 ER orders into firm orders according.
The aircraft will be delivered in 2016 and 2017, according to a filing with the Istanbul stock exchange.
Today, Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing and Turkish Airlines have announced a order for five 777-300 ER(Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices. The Turkish flag-carrier has exercised options on five 777-300 ERs that were first announced in December 2012 as part of a previous firm order for 15 777-300 ERs. Turkish Airlines now has 20 777-300 ERs currently on order from Boeing.
Turkish Airlines’ fleet currently includes 12 777-300 ERs, the first of which Boeing delivered in October 2010. In that time, the 777-300 ER has played a significant role in Turkish Airlines’ incredible long-haul growth.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3F2 ER TC-JJN (msn 40795) is pictured at Everett (Paine Field).
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.
United Airlines (Chicago) Boeing 737-800 aircraft retrofitted with the new Split Scimitar Winglet took its maiden test flight Tuesday (July 16) in Everett, Washington. This advanced winglet improves on the existing blended winglets United currently has on its next generation 737 fleet.
In January, United served as the launch customer for this innovative winglet when it made a firm commitment with Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) to retrofit its 737-800 fleet. In June, United announced its commitment to also retrofit its 737-900ER fleet. Using a newly patented design, the program consists of retrofitting United’s Boeing Next Generation 737 Blended Winglets by replacing the aluminum winglet tip cap with a new aerodynamically shaped “Scimitar”™ winglet tip cap and by adding a new Scimitar-tipped ventral strake.
This new winglet design demonstrates significant aircraft drag reduction over the basic blended winglet configuration United uses on its current fleet. United expects the new Split Scimitar winglet to result in approximately a two percent fuel savings for the 737. Once the Split Scimitar Winglets are installed, the combined winglet technology installed on United’s 737, 757, and 767 fleet is expected to save the airline more than $200 million per year in jet fuel costs.
United will begin retrofitting its 737-800 and 737-900 ER fleet with the new winglet beginning early next year, once testing and FAA certification of the winglets are complete.
Copyright Photo: United Airlines. Boeing 737-824 N37277 (msn 31595) makes history at Paine Field near Everett.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) posted record profits for the second quarter and the first half of 2013. The airline issued this statement:
The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates achieved an eight per cent increase in Q2 2013 passenger revenues, generating $921 million (all amounts in US Dollars) (2012: $855 million), while passenger revenues for the first half of 2013 reached $1.8 billion (2012: $1.6 billion), up by 13 per cent.
Revenue generated by codeshare and equity alliance airline partners was $184 million in Q2 2013. This was 25 per cent above the $147 million turnover in the same period of 2012. Partnership revenue comprised 20 per cent of the airline’s total passenger revenue in both Q2 and the first half of 2013.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said the company’s Q2 and half year results were achieved despite the continuation of unsteady economic and geopolitical factors, with air fare yields slightly lower for the quarter, compressed by strong competitive capacity growth and resultant price competition.
“Despite the tough global trading climate, we have still achieved record, double digit growth in both Q2 and the first half of 2013,” Mr Hogan said.
“This reflects not only the continuing popularity of our Abu Dhabi hub, but the growing maturity of our airline partnership strategy and the strength of our cargo operations, which continue to well exceed industry growth rates.”
Mr Hogan said a significant achievement in Q2 was the improved contribution of the Etihad Airways equity alliance partners, in particular Germany’s Airberlin, which has become the largest codeshare contributor. This reflects increased connectivity between the integrated networks of the two airlines.
Etihad Airways increased its codeshare partnerships during Q2, adding Serbia’s national carrier, Jat Airways (Belgrade), and announced new partnerships with Air Canada (Montreal), South African Airways (Johannesburg) and Belavia (Minsk) of Belarussia, all to take effect during Q3. With these inclusions, Etihad Airways will have 45 codeshare partners and a virtual global network of more than 350 destinations, the most comprehensive of any alliance or Middle Eastern airline.
In Q2, Etihad Airways’ Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs) – reflecting network seat capacity – rose by 13 per cent to 17.2 billion (2012: 15.2 billion). Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs) – reflecting traffic – increased by 13 per cent to 13.3 billion in Q2 2013 (2012: 11.8 billion).
This growth was achieved through the delivery of two new Boeing 777-300 passenger aircraft – a three-class version seating 328 passengers and a two-class model seating 380 - and a corresponding increase in flights, including new services to Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and Belgrade.
Results for Q2 were further strengthened by the introduction late in March of daily flights to a fourth new destination, Washington, D.C.
Etihad Cargo continued to achieve the strongest growth in the company, with 112,963tons uplifted in Q2 2013 (2012: 89,470 tons) and 215,124 tons in the first half of 2013 (2012: 174,622 tons). This reflected a massive 26 per cent growth in Q2 and 23 per cent growth for the first half of 2013.
The growth in cargo volumes was underpinned by the delivery in Q2 of three new freighter aircraft – one Airbus A330-200F, one Boeing 777-200F and the company’s first Boeing 747-8F, which was wet leased from Atlas Air – taking the cargo fleet to nine. Cargo performance was further boosted by increased passenger services, providing more under-floor freight capacity.
During Q2 Etihad Airways announced that, subject to regulatory approvals, it would acquire 24 per cent of India’s Jet Airways, enlarging the Etihad Airways equity alliance and group network.
In addition, Etihad Airways signed an Initial Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Serbia to discuss potentially investing in Jat Airways. Etihad Airways also secured Australian regulatory approval to increase its equity stake in Virgin Australia from 10 per cent to 19.9 per cent.
As well as its Virgin Australia stake, Etihad Airways holds a 29 per cent shareholding in Airberlin (Berlin), 40 per cent of Air Seychelles (Mahe) and three per cent of Aer Lingus (Dublin).
Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery. Newly-built Boeing 777-3FX ER A6-ETP (msn 41699) lands at Paine Field near Everett after a test flight. The new airliner was delivered on June 25, 2013.
Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) and Boeing (Chicago) today (July 4) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner at Charleston, SC. Boeing 787-8 B-2722 (msn 34939) was handed over to the carrier. The following day the aircraft flew to Boeing Field in Seattle as a crew rest stop and training before proceeding to China. The delivery is the first of 10 787s for Hainan Airlines.
Hainan Airlines will first operate the Dreamliner on a domestic route from Beijing to Haikou starting on July 31. Thereafter, the airline will deploy the 787 on its North America routes, increasing the frequency of its Beijing-Seattle/Tacoma, Beijing-Toronto (Pearson) and Beijing-Chicago (O’Hare) services, with several new destinations.
Beijing-Chicago (O’Hare) commences on September 3.
The Hainan Airlines 787 Dreamliner interior consists of 36 full, flat-bed business seats configured in rows of 2-2-2, as well as 177 economy seats configured in rows of 3-3-3. Each seat has a 15-inch, touch screen panel and a power outlet. Each business seat also has a USB port.
As one of only seven airlines rated as five-star by Skytrax, Hainan Airlines is the fourth largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People’s Republic of China. Its current fleet includes 106 Boeing airplanes. The airline serves scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes fromBeijing, Haikou and other operating base on the mainland, and provides charter services.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 787-8 B-2728 (msn 34938) lands at Paine Field Field near Everett after a test flight.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Boeing (Chicago) and and Korean Air (Seoul) today announced that the airline has agreed to purchase five 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes and six 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners, valued at approximately $3.6 billion at current list prices. Boeing will work with Korean Air to finalize the order, at which time the order will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.
Korean Air is the only airline in the world to order both the passenger and freighter variations of the 747-8. When today’s order is finalized, Korea’s flag carrier will have 10 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes on order. The airline has taken delivery of three of its seven 747-8 Freighters on order.
Korean Air currently operates a fleet of 90 Boeing passenger airplanes that consist of 737, 747 and 777 airplanes. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 27 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters. In February 2012, Korean Air became the first airline in the world to operate both the 747-8 and 777 Freighters.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Korean Air is already an operator of the Boeing 747-800F freighter. Korean Air Cargo Boeing 747-8HTF HL7609 (msn 37132) climbs briskly in the Southern California sky after departing from Los Angeles International Airport.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3B5 ER HL7782 (msn 37643) lands at Paine Field near Everett.
Qatar Airways orders nine additional Boeing 777-300 ERs, increases the Chicago route to daily service
Qatar Airways (Doha) and Boeing today announced agreements for nine Boeing 777-300 ER (Extended Range) airplanes at the 2013Paris Air Show. The agreements include a firm order for two airplanes previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing Commercial Airplanes Orders and Deliveries website, plus a commitment for an additional seven airplanes. The total value of the agreement is $2.8 billion at current list prices.
The Doha-based airline currently operates 35 Boeing passenger and cargo 777s of various types, including 22 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LR (Longer Range) airplanes and four 777 Freighters.
The two firm airplanes give Qatar Airways a backlog of nine Boeing 777s. When the additional seven become firm, the backlog will rise to 16.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 125 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Qatar Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 777 in November 2007. In September 2011, the airline received a 777-200LR that became the 100th airplane to join its fleet.
“It is a great honor to have Qatar Airways operate the 777 as its long-haul flagship aircraft,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777′s unrivaled economics and customer-preferred passenger experience make it a cornerstone of Qatar Airways’ success.”
The demand for the Boeing 777 led to an increased production rate of 8.3 per month — 100 airplanes per year — in February 2013. In the past three years, the 777 program has increased rate two times, first from five airplanes per month to seven in 2011, then to the current, all-time high rate of 8.3.
In other news, the flag carrier has announced that effective on June 15, Qatar Airways has stepped up frequency on the Chicago – Doha route to daily flights ahead of the peak summer travel season.
As of May 2013, 1,105 777s have been delivered and a total of 1,452 have been ordered by 68 customers around the globe.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 777-3DZ ER A7-BAW (msn 41741) was handed over to the flag carrier on January 29, 2013.
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.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. G-ZBJB arrives back at Paine Field as “Boeing 451″.
Video: A brief interview with Willie Walsh on the new 787:
Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), International announced today they have reached tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for the carrier’s 1,480 pilots.
The proposed contract includes pay raises, and quality of life and productivity improvements. ALPA’s leadership is unanimously recommending that Alaska pilots ratify the tentative agreement, and a vote is expected to be completed in mid-July. The current contract was ratified in May 2009 and became amendable on April 1. Negotiators for ALPA and Alaska Airlines have been working on a new contract since last summer.
Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Here is another view of Alaska Airlines’ new Boeing 737-890 WL N560AS (msn 35179) in the special “Spirit of the Islands” Hawaiian color scheme.
Video: The “Spirit of the Islands” contest:
Alaska Airlines (Seattle) today (June 3) officially unveiled this colorful “Spirit of the Islands” logojet. The pictured Boeing 737-890 N560AS (msn 35179) is a special salute to the state of Hawaii. The airline issued this statement:
A specially painted Alaska Airlines jet adorned with a Honolulu high school student’s winning design honoring the culture of the Aloha State touched down today in Honolulu before a crowd of students, educators and travelers. The unique paint theme, dubbed the “Spirit of the Islands,” was created by 17-year-old Aaron Nee.
Nee’s design was selected from among more than 2,700 submissions by students across the Hawaiian Islands in a statewide “Paint-the-Plane” contest sponsored by Alaska Airlines, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. A 10-member judging panel, comprised of Hawaii artists, educators and other local community members, carefully scored and selected the three top designs, which were then voted on by Hawaii residents in an online public vote.
As the grand prize winner, Nee received a trip for four to any of the carrier’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.
“This has been an incredible opportunity to share Hawaii’s beauty with people throughout the country,” said Nee. “This contest helped me to sharpen my graphic design skills and demonstrated that with hard work, attention to detail and determination, great things are possible.”
Nee’s winning design displays a voyaging canoe depicting the cultural diversity of the Islands, a bright yellow hibiscus (the state flower), the Hawaiian Island chain and the phrase “Spirit of the Islands.”
The soon-to-be Kaiser High School senior is a nearly straight-A student and a decorated member of the school’s Air Force ROTC program. Known for his artistic ability and interest in graphic design and athletics, Nee said he plans to invest his $5,000 for college and take his family to visit relatives in New York, where he hopes to see snow for the first time.
The “Spirit of the Islands” Boeing 737-800 was revealed to Nee at Honolulu International Airport on June 3, where he was joined by his parents, Robin and Mitch Connell, and father Aaron Garrett Nee, as well as Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney, Kaiser High School Principal John Sosa and several of Nee’s teachers. Also joining the welcoming ceremony were the 12 finalists and honorable mention winners, who received prizes and scholarships for their entries, as well.
Izabela Hamilton, a 12th grader at Seabury Hall on the island of Maui, placed second for her design featuring a male and female hula dancer against a backdrop of ocean waves and windswept mountain cliffs. Sophia Cleek, a sixth grader at Kapolei Middle School on Oahu, placed third for her design depicting a voyaging canoe sailing around the Islands. Hamilton and Cleek will each receive a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination and a $1,000 scholarship. The 10 other honorable mention winners were awarded a $1,000 scholarship each.
“Spirit of the Islands” trivia
- The 129-foot-long Boeing 737-800 has a wingspan of 117 feet and a cruising speed of 530 mph.
- A crew of 18 worked around the clock for 24 days at Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Wash., to paint the plane, which required 26 colors and about 140 gallons of paint, including 20 gallons of primer. In addition, 28,800 yards of masking tape were used.
- The plane accommodates 157 passengers and six crew members.
The aircraft will fly throughout most of Alaska Airlines’ network, connecting destinations from Hawaii to San Diego and from Anchorage as far south as Mexico.
The “Spirit of the Islands” contest is the third time Alaska Airlines has turned to the public to paint a plane. The Spirit of Alaska Statehood aircraft paint scheme was created by a 16-year-old Sitka student in a similar statewide contest celebrating Alaska’s 50-year anniversary of statehood. In 2011, two soccer fans designed the MLS Portland “Timbers Jet” to celebrate the airline’s jersey sponsorship of the Portland, Ore., soccer team.
Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Please click on the photo for the full-size view.
What does it take to paint an aircraft like this? Here is a previous video on the painting of “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II“:
On May 29 Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate their first inflight connectivity flights with Wi-Fi on board. The new service will allow customers to remain connected with the world by being able to send text messages and e-mails and surf the Internet during their flight. On our specially designed inflight website we also offer a broad range of free and up to date services including live television news and sports channels, relevant airline and destination information.
In partnership with Panasonic Avionics, Air France and KLM will conduct a trial phase throughout the rest of 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s. During that time, customers can connect to the internet using their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops or tablets at a fixed rate and use their mobile phones for text messages or email, no matter what travel class they are in. The two Wi-Fi equipped aircraft will operate on several long-haul destinations during the trial.
During the pilot phase we will offer hourly and full-flight fees: EUR 10.95 per hour or EUR 19.95 for the full flight, applicable for all classes. These fees are in line with industry average. Travellers can pay for their internet access by credit card. Mobile phone usage (for text and data) will be billed to the phone users according to their own roaming agreements. Access to the inflight website will be free of charge.
Wireless service — whether the on-board portal or satellite internet — will commence once the flight has reached 20,000 feet, shortly after take-off.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM’s Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVD (msn 35979) in the SkyTeam livery powerfully climbs away from Paine Field near Everett.
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).
Short Haul and Long Haul Routes from Manchester:
Video: The first 787 arrives at MAN:
Video: Thomson is the first operator of the 787 in the UK.
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.
Video: China Southern commercial:
Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (May 29) celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-800. Lufthansa (Frankfurt), the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-800 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747.
Boeing delivered the first 747-800 Intercontinental to Lufthansa in April 2012. The airplane entered service on June 1, 2012 with a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington (Dulles), D.C. Cargolux Airlines took delivery of the first 747-800 Freighter in October 2011. To date, 35 Freighters and 15 Intercontinentals, including eight of the Boeing Business Jet version, have been delivered.
Top Copyright Photo: Boeing. Pictured at a soggy Paine Field, Boeing 747-830 D-ABYI (msn 37833) was handed over to the carrier on May 29.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Another view of D-ABYI arriving at Paine Field on May 18.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) today resumed Boeing 787-8 passenger flights on the Sapporo-Tokyo (Haneda) route. The airline is gradually phasing in the previously grounded airliner type with five “non-scheduled” domestic routes. The airline issued this statement:
|ANA, Japan’s largest airline, will operate five non-scheduled, domestic flights on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner between May 26 and May 31. This is in advance of the resumption of scheduled 787 services from June 1, 2013. These non-scheduled services are being operated in anticipation of high passenger demand.
ANA has implemented modifications to all 17 of its 787 aircraft and a total of 170 proving flights and cockpit crew training have been safely completed.
Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, said “The safety of passengers is our number one priority. Modifications for all 787 have been implemented and ANA has undertaken its own additional testing. The 787 remains a game-changing aircraft, important from an environmental, efficiency and passenger comfort perspective.”
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 JA818A (msn 42243) taxies at Everett (Paine Field) (please click on the photo for the full-size view).
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LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) has received welcome news from the European Commission of the European Union. The EC was looking into the state aid the airline received last year. The commission stated the aid did fall into the guidelines for state aid and approved the loan from the government of Poland.
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Meanwhile the struggling carrier will relaunch Boeing 787-8 jet service on June 5 to Chicago (O’Hare) and later, to New York (JFK), Toronto (Pearson) and Beijing.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful portrait of Boeing 787-8 SP-LRC (msn 35940) on a clear day at Paine Field near Everett.
Boeing (Chicago) has delivered a 767-300 ER (extended range) to MIAT Mongolian Airlines (Ulaanbaatar), the first-ever direct purchase delivery to the airline.
“This is a momentous step forward for MIAT Mongolian Airlines as we continue to enhance our fleet,” said Jargalsaikhan Gungaa, President and CEO of MIAT Mongolian Airlines. “We are pleased with the comfort, range and payload of the new 767-300ER and we look forward to introducing it into our long-haul fleet.”
Mongolia’s flag carrier completed a historic order in 2011 at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., marking the first time in more than two decades that the airline extended its route network by purchasing Boeing airplanes instead of leasing them.
“We congratulate MIAT Mongolian Airlines on the delivery of their first direct purchase 767-300ER,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Sales for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With the new passenger-pleasing cabin interior and low operating costs, Boeing is confident that the 767-300ER will play an important role as MIAT Mongolian Airlines continues expanding into new markets.”
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 767-34G ER JA-1021 (msn 41519) was handed over to the carrier on May 13.
Air India (Mumbai) will restore Boeing 787 service on May 22 from Delta to Kolkata per Airline Route. Two days later, the carrier will restore 787 service from Delhi to both Bangalore and Chennai. Air India is operating the 787 initially on domestic routes.
Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk. Most of the Air India 787s are being built at the Charleston, SC facility. Boeing 787-8 VT-AND (msn 36278) is seen at Everett (Paine Field).
LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) is planning to resume Boeing 787 passenger operations on June 1. The first route to be restored is the Santiago-Lima-Los Angeles route per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 CC-BBB (msn 38466) roars into the clear skies at Paine Field near Everett.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) like Japan Airlines, is also planning to restore Boeing 787 service on June 1. The airline is currently conducting test flights on the battery fix.
On the financial side, ANA Holdings, Inc. reported its yearly net profit rose over 53 percent to over $435 million through March 31 despite the grounding on the Boeing 787s.
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Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The latest 787-8 for ANA is the pictured JA818A (msn 42243) at Everett (Paine Field). All others by ANA.
Japan Airlines-JAL (JAL Group) (Tokyo) will restore Boeing 787 passenger operations on June 1. Currently the airline is conducting test flights. The restored routes will be Tokyo (Narita)-Boston, Tokyo (Narita)-San Diego, Tokyo (Narita)-Singapore, Tokyo (Haneda)-Singapore and Tokyo (Haneda)-Beijing. A new route from Tokyo (Narita) to Helsinki will commence on July 1. The airline has issued this detailed report on the fleet and route plans:
Boeing 787-8 will return to service in sequence on June 1, 2013 after completely confirming the safety and reliability of the aircraft, including the proper installation of the improvements. JAL restarts daily service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston as well as San Diego, and the daily nonstop service between Tokyo (Narita) and Helsinki will be launched from July 1, 2013 which was postponed in February 2013.
Larger aircraft, Boeing 777-200 ER instead of Boeing 767 will be assigned to fly between Japan and Bangkok and Honolulu in order to meet a robust passenger demand and further maximize revenue.
With the aim to achieve “Customer Satisfaction Number 1”, one of JAL Group Medium-Term Targets, JAL is actively moving ahead to provide our passengers much more quality products. 777-300 ER (JAL SKY SUITE 777) has been introduced on European and North American routes, in addition, More products like the seats are going to be refurbished on European and North American routes as well as Honolulu and Bangkok (Narita/Haneda=Bangkok) routes which Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 777-200 ER have been used for. The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on all the international routes during the first half of fiscal year 2013(year ending March 31, 2014). JAL strives to make every customer’s journey refreshing and comfortable experience.
*The following schedules are subject to government approval.
New Route from July 1, 2013
|Flight Number||Route||Dep. Time||Arr. Time||Aircraft||Class||Days of Operation|
Narita = Helsinki
(from July 1 to Oct.26,2013)
Boeing 787-8 Will Be Arranged on the Following Routes**
|Narita = Boston||
June 1,2013 ~
|Daily operation from June 1,2013(4 weekly round-trip flights from Mar,31-May 31,2013)|
|Narita = San Diego||
June 1,2013 ~
|Daily operation from June 1,2013(3 weekly round-trip flights from Mar,31-May 31,2013)|
|Narita = Singapore||
June 1,2013 ~
JL719/JL712,JL711/JL710;JL710(from Jun. 2, 2013)
|Haneda = Singapore||
June 1,2013 ~
|Haneda = Beijing||
June 1,2013 ~
|Narita = Delhi||
July 12,2013 ~
|Narita = Moscow||
September 1,2013 ~
3 weekly round-trip flights(We,Fr,Su)
|Haneda = San Francisco||
September 1,2013 ~
JL001(from August 31,2013)
|Narita = Sydney||
December 1,2013 ~
JL772(from December 2,2013)
|Narita = Bangkok||
JL707/JL718, 4 among 7 weekly round-trip flights;JL718(from December 3,2013)
**The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.
**Please visit http://www.jal.com/en/flight/boeing787/ to get the information regarding JAL’s Boeing 787 fleet.
Other Aircraft Type Changes***
Narita = Honolulu
From767-300ER to 777-200ER
|June 1,2013 ~||JL782/JL781|
Chubu = Honolulu
From 767-300ER to 777-200ER
Kansai = Honolulu
From 767-300ER to 777-200ER
|September 1,2013 ~|
Kansai = Shanghai(Pudong)
From 737-800 to 767-300ER
|September 1,2013 ~|
Haneda = Bangkok
From 767-300ER to 777-200ER
|December 1,2013 ~|
Narita = Bangkok
From 767-300ER to787-8, 777-200ER
|December 1,2013 ~||JL707/Mo,Tu,Th,Sa/787-8|
***The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.
Flight Frequency Changes
Temporarily decrease the flight frequency in response to the passenger demand
|Narita = Beijing||
from 14 to 7 weekly round-trip flights
June 1 ~ July 5, 2013
In-flight Products Improvements on the Middle-haul and Long -haul International Routes
Refurbish the products focusing on the Business class on European and North American routes
Starting with the introduction of fully flat seat to Business Class as well as spacious and functional [SKY SUITE 777] sequentially served on European and North American routes, additionally 777-300 ER and 787-8 will be practically used, and JAL SHELL FLAT NEO (Business class) will be provided on more routes. JAL SKY Wi-Fi has been serving on New York, Chicago and Los Angeles’ routes, which will be expanded sequentially on European routes.
Narita = New York
SKY SUITE 777.(*1)
First Class: NEW JAL SUITE
Business Class: SKY SUITE
Premium Economy: SKY PREMIUM
Economy: SKY WIDER
|Operated every other day from May 1, 2013 and daily operation from the approx. May.|
Narita = Paris
Narita = Los Angeles
Narita = Chicago
Narita = Frankfurt
First Class: JAL SUITE
Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO
Operated every other day from April 2013 and daily operation from the approx. May.
Narita = Moscow
Provide Premium Economy Service
June 2013~the end of August 2013
Haneda = San Francisco
Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO
(*1) For more detail on SKY SUITE 777, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/
(*2) The actual operating date will be introduced on JAL homepage when is has been decided
(*3) The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.
<<International In-flight Internet Service [JAL SKY Wi-Fi]>>
Narita = Frankfurt: daily service from the approx. May 2013(currently provide every other day)
Narita = London: daily service from the approx. July 2013 (currently provide every other day)
Narita = Paris: provide from August 2013
In-flight products improvements on the Southeast Asia, Oceania and Honolulu routes
The 787-8 with JAL SHELL FLAT NEO in Business class and 777-200 ER with JALSHELL FLAT SEAT have been used for Delhi, Sydney, Tokyo (Haneda/Narita) =Bangkok and Honolulu routes, JAL will provide passengers a refreshing onboard experience with the quality in-flight products.
Narita = Delhi
Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO
|July 12,2013 ~||(*1)|
Narita = Sydney
Provide Premium Economy Service
|June 2013 ~ November 30,2013|
Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO
|December 1,2013 ~|
Haneda = Bangkok(*2)
Business Class: JALSHELL FLAT SEAT
|December 1,2013 ~|
Narita = Bangkok(*3)
|December 1,2013 ~|
Narita = Honolulu
|June 1,2013 ~|
Chubu = Honolulu
|July 12,2013 ~|
Kasai = Honolulu
|September 1,2013 ~|
(*1) The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8
(*2) Haneda = Bangkok (JL33/JL34): Provide the Premium Economy Service from December 1, 2013.
(*3) Narita = Bangkok: ten round-trip flights operated by 777-200 ER and four round-trip flights operated by 787-8 among 14 weekly flights.
|Flight Number||Aircraft||Dates of Operation||Remarks|
|JL717/JL708||777-200ER||Daily||Provide Premium Economy Service|
The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on all the international routes
The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on Narita=Kaohsiung(*1) and Kansai=Seoul(Gimpo) routes during the first half of fiscal year 2013 to attain all JAL international routes served by aircrafts with personal TV.(*2)
(*1) Kansai=Seoul (Gimpo): Provide the Business Service from June 1, 2013
(*2) The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8
New seats will be installed onto Boeing 767-300 ER
Improved 767 with fully flat seat in business class and the new spacious seat in Economy class will be served on middle-haul and long-haul routes in the Second half of Fiscal year 2013. The details of the products and available routes will be introduced as soon as they have been decided.
On the financial side, JAL Group announced its fiscal year (through March 31) operating profit had been cut by $13 million due to the 787 grounding. However the group produced a yearly net profit of $1.8 billion.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 JA828J (msn 38438) climbs away from the runway at Paine Field near Everett.
Thomson Airways (London-Luton) will introduce its new Boeing 787-8 on July 9 between London (Gatwick) and Cancun and Glasgow and Sanford (updated) per Airline Route. The airline now expects to take delivery of its first 787 at the end of this month.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The first, the pictured Boeing 787-8 G-TUIA (msn 34422), lands back at Paine Field near Everett after a test flight.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) meanwhile test flew its Boeing 787 today. It was the second test flight for the launch customer.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 N1014X became JA802A (msn 34497) on delivery in the Dreamliner special colors.
LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) is planning to resume Boeing 787-8 service on June 5. The first route will be from Warsaw to Chicago (O’Hare).
Warsaw-Toronto (Pearson) will resume two days later with the grounded type.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 N1791B became SP-LRC (msn 35940) on delivery.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) according to this report by Reuters citing two airline sources, will be the first airline to resume scheduled passenger operations of the Boeing 787 with a flight to Nairobi now scheduled for Saturday, April 27.
Air India (Mumbai) should follow after Ethiopian Airlines.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOR (msn 34746) lands at Everett (Paine Field).
FedEx Corporation (Memphis) has announced that its FedEx Express (Memphis) subsidiary has entered into a new express air transportation contract with the United States Postal Service. The current contract ends in September 2013, and the new contract will begin in October 2013.
Under this seven-year agreement, valued at approximately $10.5 billion, FedEx Express will provide airport-to-airport transportation of USPS Express Mail and Priority Mail within the United States.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-FS2 N884FD (msn 37137) gracefully climbs away from the Boeing factory at Paine Field near Everett, Washington.