Thai Lion Air (Bangkok-Don Mueang) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and is planning to launch scheduled low-fare passenger operations on December 4 with two new 215-seat Boeing 737-900 ERs. The first routes will be from Don Mueang to Chiang Mai, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur according to the Bangkok Post. The low-cost carrier will add Singapore, Guangzhou, Hong, Shenzhen, Delhi and Mumbai next year.
Thai Lion Air is part of the Lion Air Group.
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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-9GP ER N5515R (msn 38738) became HS-LTI when it was handed over on October 18, 2013 in Seattle.
Thai Lion Air (Bangkok-Don Mueang) is the new low-cost subsidiary of Lion Air of Indonesia. Lion Air has partnered with local Thai interests and is planning to launch operations later this year.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-9GP ER N5515R (msn 38738) with gray “Thai” titles before the main Lion titles, became HS-LTI when it was handed over on October 18, 2013.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) on Friday (September 27) quietly took delivery of its first new Boeing 737-900 ER. The aircraft, the pictured 737-932 ER N801DZ (msn 31912) (fleet number 3801) with Blended Winglets, arrived at the Atlanta base yesterday morning (September 28).
On August 25, 2011, Delta announced it had ordered 100 Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft for delivery between 2013 and 2018 as it retires older mainline jets and upgrades its fleet.
According to Delta, “the order will enable Delta to add 100 fuel-efficient, state-of-the-art 180-seat aircraft to its fleet, replacing on a capacity-neutral basis older technology aircraft that will be retired from the fleet. The new aircraft will improve the company’s profitability while providing customers with an industry-leading on-board experience. With a range of 3,200 nautical miles, the Boeing 737-900ER can operate on any domestic route offered by Delta.”
As previously reported, Delta will take delivery of 12 737-900 ER aircraft in 2013, 19 aircraft per year in 2014 through 2017, and the remaining 12 aircraft in 2018. Each aircraft has committed long-term financing.
As a result of maintenance efficiencies and a 15 to 20 percent improvement in fuel consumption per seat, the Boeing 737-900 ER will have lower unit costs than the older technology Boeing 757 and 767 and Airbus A320 aircraft that it will replace. The aircraft will be equipped with CFM56-7B engines produced by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Company of the U.S. and Snecma of France.
The 737-900 ER will be Delta’s first aircraft to feature Boeing’s new “Sky Interior,” which offers expanded carry-on baggage space, a roomier, more airy cabin and an LED lighting system that provides different color schemes, such as a soft blue sky and a relaxing pallet of sunset colors.
Update: On Monday, September 30, 2013 Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing and Delta Air Lines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900 ER (Extended Range). The delivery is part of Delta’s 100-airplane order placed in 2011 to renew its single-aisle fleet with more fuel-efficient airplanes.
The Boeing 737-900 ER is the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family. It has the highest capacity and lowest seat-mile cost of Boeing’s single-aisle family. The 737-900 ER will fit seamlessly into Delta’s existing fleet of 737-700 and 737-800 airplanes, allowing Delta to efficiently match capacity to market demand with industry leading economics.
Delta’s new 737-900E R seats 180 passengers and features the new Boeing Sky Interior. This interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers. It introduces new LED lighting and curved architecture that welcomes passengers onboard and creates a greater sense of spaciousness and comfort in the cabin. The interior also features modern, sculpted sidewalls and overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling, yet carry more bags.
Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-932 ER N801DZ (msn 31912) lands at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle after a test flight.
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp/AirlinersGallery.com. Another view of N801DZ at Boeing Field.
Boeing (Chicago) has delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways (Baghdad), the first of 30 that the airline ordered in 2008, marking a milestone in its relationship with the airline.
With the delivery of Boeing 737-81Z YI-ASE (msn 40104) on August 12, 2013, Iraqi Airways currently has 39 Boeing airplanes on order, including 29 Next-Generation 737-800s and 10 787 Dreamliners.
Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery.com. Showing off the Arabic titles side, Boeing 737-81Z YI-ASE is pictured on a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. The delivery also ushered in a new look for Iraqi.
Spring Airlines Japan (Tokyo-Narita) as the new low-cost subsidiary of Spring Airlines (Shanghai), has been approved by Japan’s MLIT for a launch of scheduled passenger operations. However the new airline is now planning to commence operations in late 2013 or early 2014 according to CAPA. The new airline is planning to operate domestic routes initially from Narita Airport to Hiroshima, Kumamoto and Takamatsu. The airline previously was hoping to start operations in the spring of 2013 and the first Boeing 737-800 was prepared for delivery.
Spring Airlines is the largest low-cost carrier in China and operates over 50 international and domestic routes covering a network of more than 30 cities across China, Japan and Thailand. Spring Airlines is the aviation subsidiary of Shanghai Spring International Travel Service.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp/AirlinersGallery.com. Unlike the parent which operates Airbus A320s, Spring Airlines Japan will operate Boeing 737-800s. The Japanese subsidiary also has a different livery. Boeing 737-81D N272LM (msn 39429) will be delivered as JA01GR.
Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) in May 2008, through the Iraqi government, ordered 30 new Boeing 737-800s from The Boeing Company with options for 10 additional aircraft. The first aircraft in the order is being prepared for delivery. The flag carrier is taking the opportunity to also introduce a new livery for the airline. The airline is retaining its historic green and while color scheme but now with updated lines.
Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81Z YI-ASE (msn 40104) taxies to the runway at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle yesterday (May 28) in the evening for a test flight.
UPS Airlines (United Parcel Service) (Atlanta and Louisville) has unveiled a new look for its flagship Boeing 767 fleet by adding winglets as a part of its sustainability efforts to save fuel and reduce emissions.
These wingtip devices, which are arrow-shaped surfaces attached to the tip of each wing, enhance the overall efficiency of the aircraft, saving fuel by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions by improving take-off performance. The modifications will save UPS more than six million gallons of fuel each year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 62,000 metric tonnes. UPS estimates approximately a four percent fuel savings on each 767 flight.
“UPS continues to lead the industry in sustainable business practices,” said David Abney, UPS chief operating officer. “With the widest portfolio of services in the industry, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce emissions, and drive down operating costs so our customers have the solutions they need to compete in a global economy. These winglets are a perfect example of sustainability in action. They are good business and good stewardship.”
UPS currently operates 54 of the 767 aircraft with five on order. The company plans to have winglets on all 767 aircraft by the end of 2014. Winglets are already installed on UPS’s 747, and MD-11 fleets, and the A300-600 has a similar device called a wingtip fence.
The modifications will add approximately five and a half feet of span to each wing, and each winglet is 11 feet tall. Aircraft weight will increase by nearly 3,000 pounds due to the weight of the winglets and the extensive structural reinforcement of the wing structure. Even at this size and weight, the winglets will still reduce the amount of fuel used per flight.
Winglets improve the aerodynamics of the wing by extending the length of the wing and reducing the amount of drag, which is the force that opposes an aircraft’s motion in the air.
The winglet project is a sustainability initiative implemented by UPS Airlines. The company already operates one of the cargo sector’s youngest and most fuel-efficient air fleet, and is working to reduce its carbon intensity an additional 20 percent by 2020 from a 2005 baseline. Other highlights of the airline’s fuel conservation efforts include computer-optimized flight routes, aircraft taxi time management, and alternate-fuel ground support equipment.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The first, Boeing 767-34AF ER N304UP (msn 27242) lands at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle with the new device.
Malindo Air (Kuala Lumpur) will launch operations with Boeing 737s on the Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu (three times daily) and Kuala Lumpur-Kuching (four times daily) routes on March 22.
Malindo Air is a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) (51%) (Malaysia) and Lion Air (Jakarta, Indonesia) (49%). The name “Malindo” is a contraction of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Next the airline will add service from Kuala Lumpur to Bintulu, Miri, Sandakan and Sibu.
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Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The pictured Boeing 737-9GP ER 9M-LNF (msn 38687) was the first -900ER to be handed over (in a basic Lion Air color scheme) on March 14, 2013. The airliner is also a milestone delivery and carries a special 7500th Boeing 737 logo by the nose (below, courtesy of Malindo Air).
Editor’s “To The Point” Observation: This new launch will sharpen the competition between AirAsia and Lion Air. To underscore this point, please read this report from Reuters about this growing feud:
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RwandAir (Kigali) would like to more than double its fleet in the next five years, including possibly adding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner according to this article by Reuters. The government airline added its first Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) (9XR-WH) (msn 15286) on October 17, 2012.
Besides the CRJ900, the fleet consists of two Next-Generation Boeing 737- 800s, two Boeing 737- 500s and a DHC-8-100.The new CRJ900s are replacing older and smaller 50-seat CRJ200s.
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Copyright Photo: James Helbock. The first Boeing 737-800, the pictured 737-84Y 9XR-WF (msn 40892), was added to the fleet on August 25, 2011, direct from Boeing. The airline is also the first to operate the 737 with the new Sky Interior in Africa.
United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) and its wholly owned subsidiary, United Air Lines, Inc. (United Airlines) (Chicago), today announced an order to purchase 150 narrow body Boeing 737 aircraft. Under the new agreement, United will purchase 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft and 50 Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft for delivery between 2013 and 2022. These new aircraft will allow United to replace older, less-efficient aircraft to reduce fuel and operating costs, enhance the customer experience and maximize network opportunities. In addition, United is the North American launch customer for the 737 MAX 9, continuing its long tradition of launching new programs such as the 767, 777 and 787.
United will begin taking delivery of 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft in 2018. Boeing’s newest family of airplanes will deliver a significant improvement in fuel efficiency in the single-aisle aircraft market. The 737 MAX 9 will be powered by the new CFM International LEAP-1B engine. The 737 MAX 9 is expected to achieve fuel burn and CO2 emission reductions of up to 13 percent compared to current 737 aircraft. United’s 737 MAX fleet will feature the customer-pleasing Boeing Sky Interior, which creates a greater sense of space in the cabin and features an energy-efficient LED lighting system with different lighting and color schemes, a quieter cabin with improved ventilation, and larger overhead bins that accommodate additional carry-on bags.
United also plans to purchase 50 additional Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft with deliveries beginning in late 2013. These next-generation models will be used primarily to replace older, less-efficient Boeing 757-200 aircraft that are flown domestically and are expected to burn up to 15 percent less fuel per seat than the aircraft they replace. CFM56-7B engines will power the aircraft. United was the North American launch customer for the 737-900 ER when its predecessor placed its first order in 2006 and currently operates a fleet of 43 737-900 ER aircraft.
The new 737-900 ER will also feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which has been included on United’s 737-900 ER aircraft since United became the first U.S. airline to operate 737-900 ER aircraft with the new interior in 2011.
This order solidifies United’s well-balanced order book with 272 new aircraft deliveries anticipated through 2022, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 25 Airbus A350 XWBs. United will be the first North American carrier to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner, a revolutionary airplane that will provide customers a superior travel experience while reducing fuel and operating costs by up to 20 percent, with the first delivery scheduled in late September.
Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-924 ER N36444 prepares to depart from Seattle (Boeing Field).
Video: United will be the launch customer of the Boeing 737 MAX 9:
Bottom Image: United. The Boeing 737 MAX 9.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MXA (msn 40128) BFI (Rick Schlamp) (new livery), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) will soon officially introduce this new color scheme for its fleet. The first (of 35) new Boeing 737-800 completed its first flight yesterday in the new look.
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Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Boeing 737-8H6 9M-MXA (msn 40128) arrives back at Seattle (Boeing Field) in the new livery.
Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-85C WL B-5459 (msn 35057) BFI (Joe G. Walker), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Xiamen Airlines (Xiamen) is planning to order 10 Boeing 737 jets according to this report in Flightglobal.
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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 737-85C B-5459 (msn 35057) climbs away from Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
ANA (All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) has decided to change 15 of its current orders for the Boeing 787-8 aircraft to the 787-9 model. ANA currently has a total of 55 orders for the Dreamliner.
The 787-9 aircraft is an extended body version of the 787-8 model, appropriate for short, mid-haul and long-haul international routes. The model will also meet the increasing need for 400 seat-capacity aircraft for domestic routes, and will further improve the flexibility of our fleet and network planning. Furthermore, like the 787-8 model, it is a highly fuel efficient aircraft which will enable ANA to reduce operating costs and carbon dioxide emission.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. The first 787-881 to appear in launch customer ANA’s colors is test aircraft ZA002 registered as N787EX (msn 34488). The airliner arrives at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after a test flight.
Hansung Airlines (Cheongju) suspended all operations on October 18, 2008. The company has reorganized and is planning to resume low fare operations this month under a new name. The carrier will operate Boeing 737-800s under the brand name of T’way Air (stilized as t’way). The ATR 72s have been retired.
Here is the new redesigned website (in Korean):
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charles) is conducting remote testing of its 787 test aircraft. Four of the five Boeing 787 flight test airplanes are conducting remote test operations this week. ZA005 continues testing from its base of operations in Seattle.
ZA001, the first 787, is taking a break from operations out of Edwards Air Force Base in California for a week’s worth of testing in Roswell, NM. This is ZA001′s second visit to Roswell. Last month the airplane conducted wet-runway testing there. Testing in the days ahead will include rejected-takeoff conditions. ZA001 has been on remote deployment to Edwards Air Force Base for several weeks, with a focus on takeoff- and landing-performance conditions.
The second 787 is conducting high-latitude and cold-weather testing at Keflavik Airport in Iceland.
The hot weather in Yuma, AZ, with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), has provided the necessary conditions for another set of tests happening on ZA003. Its deployment is expected to last about another week.
ZA004 has spent an extended time operating out of Victorville, CA, conducting flight loads survey testing. This testing measures external pressure distributions throughout the flight envelope. ZA004 is set to do testing in Glasgow, MT, after it wraps up its California testing.
Artificial ice shapes have been affixed to the leading edges of the wings and horizontal and vertical stabilizer of the fifth 787 to complete another group of tests required for certification. Ice-shape testing verifies the airplane’s performance in the presence of ice. Natural ice testing has already occurred.
The 787 flight test fleet has conducted more than 1,650 hours of flying over more than 540 flights.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. One of the test aircraft, the fourth (ZA004), Boeing 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) taxies past the camera at wet Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) said that it now expects delivery of the first 787 to ANA in the middle of the first quarter 2011.
The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall.
While Boeing works closely with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, flight testing across the test fleet continues as planned.
Boeing said last month that the cumulative impact of a series of issues, including supplier workmanship issues related to the horizontal stabilizer and instrumentation delays, could push first delivery of the 787 a few weeks into 2011. The delay in engine availability has extended that estimate to mid-first quarter 2011.
Meanwhile, due to the new delay, Kenya Airways is threatening to cancel its order for the new airplane.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) (test aircraft ZA002) arrives back at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after a test flight.
ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) and Honeywell have signed a 10-year maintenance agreement for support of its equipment on ANA’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Honeywell will provide spares, logistics and repair services for its equipment on board the aircraft. Honeywell has flight control electronics, navigation radios, crew information systems and interior and exterior lighting.
ANA is expected to receive its first 787-800 in December 2010 or January 2011.
In other news ,ANA is seeking international investment from other partner airlines and investment funds to help set up a new LCC which will be launched in early 2011 according to the Nikkei Business Daily.
ANA is expected to take a 30-50 percent stake in the new LCC. The ANA name will not be used for the new airline.
On the financial side, ANA reported a fiscal first quarter net loss of slightly over $60 million.
Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Test aircraft Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) “ZA002″ arrives back at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) painted in full ANA colors.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-84P WL B-5520 (msn 35765) BFI (Nick Dean) (latest delivery), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Hainan Airlines (Haikou), the first airline in China to operate with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets, has committed to equip all future 737-800 aircraft deliveries with winglets. Hainan has currently 45 Boeing aircraft on order.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-84P B-5520 (msn 35765) with Blended Winglets touches down at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
Boeing 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) BFI (Joe G. Walker) (coming to Farnborough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) will make 787 Dreamliner international debut this month when the doors open on the Farnborough International Airshow outside of London.
The 787 flight-test airplane, ZA003 (N787BX), will touch down at Farnborough the morning of Sunday, July 18 and will remain on static display through mid-day July 20. The airplane will be open for tours on a scheduled basis July 19 and 20. Boeing is using ZA003 to test and certify seats, galleys and associated cabin safety and comfort systems, among other test points.
Boeing’s exhibit at the show will focus on unmanned systems, including the international debut of the recently unveiled Phantom Ray demonstrator, the A160 Hummingbird and the Unmanned Little Bird. The Boeing Unmanned Systems Display will showcase more than a dozen products, including the new Integrator and the ScanEagle Compressed Carriage.
During the show’s daily flying demonstration, Boeing will demonstrate the capabilities of its advanced, combat-proven, multi-role F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter. The company and its customers will display several other systems, including the air show debut of the 737-based Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control platform for the Turkish Air Force. Visitors also will see the C-17 Globemaster III military transport; the F-15E Eagle fighter jet; and the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. In addition, Qatar Airways will display its newest Boeing 777-300 ER July 19-22.
Second Quarter deliveries:
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) is pictured on the runway at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
Lion Air Boeing 737-9GP ER WL PK-LGL (msn 35729) BFI (Joe G. Walker), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Lion Air (Jakarta) celebrated its 10th anniversary with the delivery of two Next-Generation 737-900 ERs (extended range) on July 1. Lion Air, which operates an all-Boeing fleet, was the launch customer of the 737-900 ER and is currently the largest operator of the airplane. With today’s deliveries, the Lion Air fleet consists of 36 737-900 ERs and two 747-400s. In addition, Lion Air is a launch customer for the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Previously delivered Boeing 737-9GP ER PK-LGL (msn 35729) beautifully departs from Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) will inspect its test fleet of 787 Dreamliners for any faulty workmanship issues involving the horizontal stabilizers.
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Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Test aircraft 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) taxies at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).
Cyprus Turkish Airlines (Kibris Hava Yollari-KTHY) (Ercan) suspended all operations on June 21, 2010 due to mounting debts.
The airline announced the suspension on its website:
Trying to avoid filing for bankruptcy, the company had previously decided to sell the company this month. Atlasjet was the only bidder and did purchase a 50.1 percent share in the company on June 23. Atlasjet intends to restart operations with a new AOC.
The airline of the Turkish portion of Cyprus launched scheduled operations on February 3, 1975.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. The company updated its livery in 2009 with this new look. Boeing 737-86N TC-CTA (msn 35643) taxies past the camera at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) before it was delivered on April 30, 2009.
Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) 787 Dreamliner flight test fleet passed 1,000 hours of testing yesterday (June 17). The program estimates that the testing program is about 40 percent through the test conditions required to certify the first version of the all-new jetliner.
Follow the progress of 787 flight test at http://787flighttest.com.
Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Boeing 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) passes the camera at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County). It will be eventually delivered to ANA.
The investigation concerning the crash of Air India Express’ flight IX 812 that happened yesterday in Mangalore continues. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) has been located and recovered. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) has not yet been located. Boeing 737-8HG VT-AXV (msn 36333) ran off the rain-soaked runway on landing and plowed into a telephone pole and burst into flames. 158 bodies have been recovered. Eight people survived the crash.
Read the full report from Reuters:
Flydubai (Dubai) will add Karachi and the Dubai-Karachi daily route on June 21.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) announced today (May 3) that it has chosen South Carolina as the location for fabrication and assembly of airplane interior parts to supply the 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery site currently under construction in North Charleston, SC. The company is reviewing potential sites for the new airplane interiors facility and anticipates making a final decision by midsummer.
The new facility, Boeing Fabrication Interiors South Carolina, will be located near the North Charleston final assembly and delivery site. As many as 150 employees will work at the new interiors facility, which will serve as an extension of the existing Interiors Responsibility Center in Everett, WA., leveraging the opportunities of a single, integrated production system. This decision is part of Boeing’s plan announced in 2009 to provide an independent sourcing stream for 787 final assembly and delivery in South Carolina. The close proximity of this new facility to Boeing’s Charleston site will help improve the efficiency of the final assembly and delivery process in South Carolina.
Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) BFI (Joe G. Walker), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has placed the second Boeing 747-8 Freighter, RC521, the pictured 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136), landed in Palmdale, CA yesterday (April 19), marking the beginning of a planned transition of 747-8 Freighter testing to Southern California. The more than four-hour flight from Boeing Field in Seattle included testing on avionics and cruise performance.
The airplane will be stationed in Palmdale for the majority of its scheduled flight-test program. The crew will conduct several tests on the airplane with fuel-mileage and engine-performance testing as key focus areas.
A contingent of employees has been stationed at Palmdale for the testing, including flight-test engineers and the support personnel who prepare the airplane for each day’s flights. In the coming weeks, the two other 747-8 airplanes in the flight-test fleet will join RC521 in Southern California.
The entire flight-test program calls for the three airplanes to perform a total of about 3,700 hours of ground and air testing. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery to Cargolux is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N5017Q is pictured at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) prior to the departure to Palmdale.
Boeing 787-800 N787BX (msn 40692) BFI (Joe G. Walker), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) on April 15 tested the third 787, 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) with the call sign of “Boeing 003 Heavy Experimental” (ZA003). The jetliner flew four times that day in a simulated airline service.
Yesterday (April 18) N787BX became the first 787 to complete a transcontinental flight. BOE3 flew from Seattle (BFI) to Eglin AFB, FL. Previously ZA002 flew to Victorville, CA.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) is pictured at Seattle (Boeing Field/King County) prior to to the transcon flight.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is due for another logojet. This brand new Boeing 737-7H4 registered N945WN (msn 36660) pictured at Seattle unpainted except for the rudder with a temporary registration may be the next theme aircraft in our conjecture. The airliner ferried early this morning to Moses Lake, WA in an unknown painted/unpainted condition. The aircraft has now repositioned to Lake Charles, LA (for painting?). Time will tell.
What should be the subject of the next themed aircraft for WN? Another state flag logojet (a new Florida One?) or a new special livery?
Copyright Photo: Drewski2112.
Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) third 747-8 Freighter, RC 521 (N5017Q), successfully completed its first flight on March 17. It is the final test airplane scheduled to participate in the flight-test program for the 747-8 Freighter.
Piloted by Captains Paul Stemer and Keith Otsuka, with Ralph Chaffin serving as systems operator, RC 521 took off from Paine Field in Everett, WA, completed a two-and-a-half-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle. The airplane reached an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,144 m) and an airspeed of 245 knots, or about 282 miles (454 km) per hour. It took off at 3:27 p.m. PDT and landed at 5:58 p.m.
RC 521 has several tests scheduled in the test program, including fuel-mileage testing. The 747-8 Freighter flight-test program calls for all three airplanes to perform approximately 3,700 hours of testing both on the ground and in the air. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.
Continental Airlines, United Airlines and ANA (All Nippon Airways) yesterday (December 23) filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity to enable the three carriers to create a more efficient and comprehensive trans-Pacific network.
The trans-Pacific joint venture – the first of its kind between the U.S. and Asia – also would enable United, ANA and Continental to compete more effectively with other global alliances, each of which has a significant presence in Tokyo.
Upon DOT approval of the companies’ immunity application, United, ANA and Continental will be able to jointly manage trans-Pacific activities including scheduling, pricing and sales, offering customers a greater selection of routings and a wider range of fare and service options.
Here is the full press release:
Related to this, ANA’s future Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) developed some landing gear and brake problems on its previously-reported first flight according to this Seattle Times article:
Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) new 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) took to the air for the first time today (December 15) at Everett (Paine Field) (PAE) at 10:27 a.m. (1027) local time (PST) on runway 34L. The new jetliner landed at Boeing Field-King County (BFI) at 1:33 p.m. (1333) local time.
News link with a video:
Here is the official Boeing press release:
SeaPort Airlines (Portland, OR) has been awarded an Essential Air Service (EAS) contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to serve four Arkansas cities (Hot Springs, El Dorado, Harrison and Jonesboro) from Memphis with Pilatus PC-12s. Since Arkansas is a long way from the sea, is there a new name coming from SeaPort?
Continental Airlines (Houston) has selected AAR (Indianapolis) to install Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets on 16 Boeing 757-300s.
Jet Airways (Mumbai) was struck by a sick out by its pilots today. At least 130 flights have been canceled.
EgyptAir (Cairo) has ordered eight more Boeing 737-800s (total now 20). The carrier currently has seven in service.
KTHY-Kibris Turk Hava Yollari (Ercan) has introduced a new color scheme and also changed it brand name to Cyprus Turkish Airlines. With the new livery, the company has removed the previous large “KTHY” titles.
Thomson Airways’ (London-Luton) new Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZR (msn 35145) will be delivered with the new Thomson titles. Thomson Airways was created on November 1, 2008 with the merger of Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways.
Air China (Beijing) will soon take delivery of a new Boeing 737-89L registered B-5422 (msn 36741). The new airliner is painted in this very vivid two-tone blue waves and red peacock motif at the factory.
AeroMexico (Mexico City) will launch twice-weekly nonstop flights between the MEX hub and Montreal (Trudeau) on April 9. This represents the second Canadian city. Toronto comes on line on March 3 with daily service to MEX. Both routes will be served with Boeing 737s.