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Boeing receives FAA approval of certification plan for a 787 battery solution

Boeing (Chicago) has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) of the company’s plan to test and certify improvements to the 787’s battery system. Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial 787 flights.

“Our top priority is the integrity of our products and the safety of the passengers and crews who fly on them,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. “Our team has been working around the clock to understand the issues and develop a solution based on extensive analysis and testing following the events that occurred in January. Today’s approval from the FAA is a critical and welcome milestone toward getting the fleet flying again and continuing to deliver on the promise of the 787,” he said.

Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the company’s focus has been on developing a permanent resolution.

“Working with internal and external experts in battery technology, we have proposed a comprehensive set of solutions designed to significantly minimize the potential for battery failure while ensuring that no battery event affects the continued safe operation of the airplane,” said Conner.

“Our proposal includes three layers of improvements. First, we’ve improved design features of the battery to prevent faults from occurring and to isolate any that do. Second, we’ve enhanced production, operating and testing processes to ensure the highest levels of quality and performance of the battery and its components. Third, in the unlikely event of a battery failure, we’ve introduced a new enclosure system that will keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or being noticed by passengers,” Conner said.

Design feature improvements for the battery include the addition of new thermal and electrical insulation materials and other changes. The enhanced production and testing processes include more stringent screening of battery cells prior to battery assembly. Operational improvements focus on tightening of the system’s voltage range. A key feature of the new enclosure is that it ensures that no fire can develop in the enclosure or in the battery. Additional details of the new design will be provided by Boeing in the days ahead.

Boeing made its certification plan proposal to the FAA in late February. Today the agency agreed that the proposed changes and the detailed test plans address the conditions that resulted in the suspension of 787 operations.

The FAA also granted Boeing permission to begin flight test activities on two airplanes: line number 86, which will conduct tests to demonstrate that the comprehensive set of solutions work as intended in flight and on the ground; and ZA005, which is scheduled to conduct engine improvement tests unrelated to the battery issue. Additional testing may be scheduled as needed.

The certification plan calls for a series of tests that show how the improved battery system will perform in normal and abnormal conditions. The test plans were written based on the FAA’s standards as well as applicable guidelines published by the Radio Technical Commission on Aeronautics (RTCA), an advisory committee that provides recommendations on ways to meet regulatory requirements. The RTCA guidelines were not available when the original 787 battery certification plan was developed.

“We have a great deal of confidence in our solution set and the process for certifying it,” said Conner. “Before 787s return to commercial service, our customers and their passengers want assurance that the improvements being introduced will make this great airplane even better. That’s what this test program will do.”

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-8 JA801A (msn 34488) in the special Dreamliner special colors lands at Everett (Paine Field) with Boeing’s facilities in the background.

ANA-All Nippon Airways: AG Slide Show

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Air France calls on its unions to overhaul its European network, takes delivery of its 60th 777 passenger aircraft

Air France Boeing 777-328 ER F-GZND (msn 35543) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 902719.

Air France (Paris) today called on its unions to help it overhaul its loss-making short-haul European network. The survival of its short and medium haul routes depends on “drastic” cuts (20 percent) that the company has developed at its regional bases according to this report by Reuters.

Air France has also stated it will develop and expand the lower-cost Transavia Airlines (Amsterdam).

Air France is facing stiff competition in Europe by easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) and Ryanair (Dublin) which have lower labor costs.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

In other news, on April 3 AF celebrated the delivery of its 60th Boeing 777 passenger jetliner. 777-328 ER F-GZNL (msn 40063) arrived in Paris on April 4.

Air France’s newest 777-300 ER seats 468 passengers in a three-class configuration. The brand-new cabin includes 14 business class lie-flat seat beds measuring over 78.74 inches (2 m) in length, plus an in-seat entertainment system with 15-inch (38 cm) wide screens in 16:9 format. It also features 32 “Alize” new premium economy fixed-shell seats offering 40 percent additional space compared with seats in economy class.

Air France, a member of Sky Team, will operate this 777-300 ER between Paris and the French Overseas Departments in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean regions, including Fort de France, Pointe a Pitre and St-Denis de la Reunion.

By summer 2012, Air France will operate a total of 62 777 passenger jetliners and two 777 Freighters.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Air France Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Boeing announces its second 777 production increase this year

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) announced today it is increasing the production rate again for the Triple Seven. The increase will to go to 8.3 airframes per month by the first quarter of 2013.

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Alaska Air Group has its best quarter ever

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) reported record third quarter 2010 net income of $122.4 million, or $3.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $87.6 million, or $2.46 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2009. Excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge gains of $16.7 million ($10.4 million after tax or $0.28 per diluted share) and Horizon restructuring and CRJ-700 transition charges of $9.8 million ($6.1 million after tax or $0.17 per diluted share), the company reported record adjusted net income of $118.1 million, or $3.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $83.0 million, or $2.33 per share, excluding special items in the third quarter of 2009.

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Southwest Airlines is coming to South Carolina on March 13

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is coming to the Palmetto State! Today, Southwest announced it will begin service to/from Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) on March 13, 2011.

In Charleston, the carrier will operate seven daily nonstop flights to four destinations: three to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, and one to Houston Hobby. Southwest Airlines will operate from gate B5 in Charleston’s main terminal.

In Greenville-Spartanburg (near Charlotte), the airline will begin service with seven daily nonstop flights to five destinations: two to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, one to Houston Hobby, and one to Orlando. Southwest Airlines will operate from gates A3 and A4 in Greenville-Spartanburg’s main terminal.

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US Airways reports a $240 million third quarter profit

US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix) today reported its third quarter financial results. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net profit of $240 million for its third quarter 2010, or $1.22 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of ($80) million, or ($0.60) per share, for the same period in 2009. The $240 million net profit is the highest third quarter net profit in the Company’s history.

Excluding special items of $3 million, net profit for the third quarter 2010 was $243 million, or $1.23 per diluted share. Net loss excluding special items for the third quarter 2009 was ($110) million, or ($0.83) per share.

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Turkish Airlines takes delivery of its first 777-300 ER direct from Boeing

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER direct from Boeing.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

FedEx orders two more Boeing 777F freighters

FedEx Express (Memphis) has ordered two more Boeing 777F freighters.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Departing in the early morning misty light at Everett (Paine Field) is new Boeing 777-FS2 N851FD (msn 37722).

Boeing delays the delivery of the first Boeing 747-8F

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) today announced a schedule change for the 747-8 Freighter with the first delivery now expected to be in mid-year 2011. The company also announced steps it is taking to support the new schedule, including adding a fifth airplane to the flight-test fleet.

Boeing previously indicated that, following recent flight-test discoveries, there was a high probability the first 747-8 Freighter delivery would move into 2011. According to Boeing the new delivery schedule follows a thorough assessment of the expected cumulative impact of these discoveries, which include a low-frequency vibration in certain flight conditions and an underperforming aileron actuator. While neither issue requires structural changes to the airplane, they have led to disruptions to certification testing, which the program was unable to offset within the prior schedule.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 747-8R7F N5573S will become LX-VCC (msn 35807) for launch customer Cargolux Airlines International.

Horizon Air and IBT reach tentative agreement on pilot contract

Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) jointly announced that, with the assistance of federal mediation, they have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for the airline’s 673 pilots.

The IBT expects to be ready to present the details of the agreement to Horizon’s pilots by late October. The ratification vote would take place immediately following.

Horizon’s pilot contract became amendable in September 2006. After years of negotiations, in January 2010 both Horizon and the IBT requested federal mediation to work through the remaining open items. In June, an agreement in principle was reached, and the negotiation teams spent the subsequent months finalizing the details.

Per federal law, airline contracts don’t expire. An existing contract remains in effect after the amendable date until a new contract is agreed to by the negotiating teams and ratified by represented members.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Certainly one of the most colorful liveries is the “Celebrating 25 Years” introduced on June 20, 2006. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N425QX (msn 4039) is pictured on final approach at the SeaTac hub.

Boeing to increase 737NG production to 38 airplanes a month

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) announced its production rate for the Next-Generation 737 program will increase to 38 airplanes per month in the second quarter of 2013. This decision comes just months after announcing a rate increase on the company’s best-selling commercial jetliner from 31.5 to 35 airplanes per month in early 2012.

Key factors to the rate decision include the company’s current backlog of more than 2,000 Next-Generation 737s, current options that customers are expected to exercise and ongoing sales campaigns. The rate increase is not expected to have a material impact on 2010 financial results.

The 2010 Current Market Outlook, Boeing’s long-term forecast of air traffic volumes and commercial airplane demand, projects a market of over 21,000 single-aisle airplanes over the next 20 years, accounting for an anticipated 69 percent of the airplanes delivered and an estimated 47 percent of the $3.6 trillion total market value.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Not often photographed in this state, the 737s emerge from the Renton, WA assembly plant with the green preservative coating before the final painting. Sometimes the aircraft will start the testing phase in the “green look” while some customers will paint their own aircraft (like Southwest for their special themes) away from Seattle. This aircraft is destined as a government transport aircraft for the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Philippines’ fiscal first quarter net profits drops to $31.6 million

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) (Manila) fiscal first quarter (ending on June 30) net profit dipped to $31.6 million.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The first Boeing 777-36N ER RP-C7777 (msn 37709) climbs away from Everett (Paine Field).

China Southern Airlines first half profit increases to over $30 million

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) reported a first half profit of $30.5 million.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-F1B B-2072 (msn 37310) climbs away from Everett (Paine Field).

Boeing may take over more suppliers’ work

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) may take over more of the work of suppliers for the 787 Dreamliner according to published report by Tulsa World.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The first to fly, 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) makes it final taxi test at Everett (Paine Field).

SpiceJet has board approval to order 30 Boeing 737-800s

SpiceJet (Delhi) has received approval from its board of directors to order 30 additional Boeing 737-800s for deliveries between 2014 and 2018.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-8GJ VT-SGG (msn 36368) departs from Paine Field near Everett.

Boeing appropriately reports a net profit of $787 in the 2Q

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) reported a second quarter net profit of $787 million, down from $998 million in the same quarter a year ago.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. While the 787 Dreamliner captures most of the headlines, the new 747-8 continues to move ahead too. Third test aircraft, 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) is pictured on the ramp at Everett (Paine Field).

Air Berlin to join the Oneworld Alliance

Air Berlin (stylized as airberlin) (airberlin.com) (Berlin-Tegel) is planning to join oneworld®, adding Europe’s fifth largest airline and Germany’s second biggest carrier to the airline alliance.

Air Berlin Group member Niki (Vienna) will become an affiliate member of the alliance.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Air Berlin and oneworld was completed in the airline’s Berlin home city last night (July 26), with a formal alliance membership agreement to be signed soon.

Air Berlin is expected to start flying as part of oneworld in early 2012 – just weeks before the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, which is being built as a major new hub for Europe.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-86J D-ABKM (msn 33755) lands at Everett after a test flight.

SpiceJet gets a new majority owner, will change its name

SpiceJet (Delhi) has a new majority owner who will decided on a new CEO and also a new name by the end of next month.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-8GJ VT-SGF (msn 36367) climbs away from Everett.

Hainan Airlines to equip all future Boeing 737 orders with Blended Winglets

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).

China Eastern Airlines first half profit triples

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) saw its first half net profit triple to $326 million.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The beautiful Expo 2010 logojet in the form of Boeing 737-79P B-5265 (msn 36767) approaches Everett (Paine Field) for landing.

Azerbaijan Airlines changes its order for one Boeing 767-300 and two 767-300Fs

Azerbaijan Airlines (Baku) has signed an agreement with Boeing to substitute two Next-Generation 737 airplanes for one 767-300 ER (Extended Range) and two 767-300F Freighters, a new model type for the airline.

With this change, Azerbaijan now has a total of eight Boeing airplanes on order: two 767-300 ERs, two 767-300F Freighters, two Next-Generation 737s and two 787-8s.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 767-32L ER 4K-BAKU-1 (msn 40342) climbs away from Paine Field in Everett.

Boeing, CAAC and Air China celebrate the 800th Boeing jet for China

Air China (Beijing), Boeing and CAAC yesterday (July 20) celebrated the 800th delivery of a Boeing to China.

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In other news, Air China has ordered Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets for 30 Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft which will be delivered beginning in 2011.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The 800th delivery is this Boeing 737-89L B-5518 (msn 36754) with Blended Winglets for Air China at Everett (Paine Field).

Emirates Airline is expected to announce an order for 20 more Boeing 777s

Emirates Airline (Dubai) is expected to announce an order (via Boeing) for 20 additional Boeing 777s at the Farnborough Air Show according to this Reuters report.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-31H ER N5017V (msn 38984) departs from Everett (Paine Field) before it became A6-EGA.

Continental Airlines reaches 25 aircraft with new flat-bed Business seats

Continental Airlines’ (Houston) 25th aircraft with new flat-bed BusinessFirst seats and additional upgraded amenities took to the skies this week.

The carrier’s flat-bed seats made their operational debut in November 2009 and are being installed on aircraft used on long-haul international routes. Currently the seats are being installed on Continental’s Boeing 777 and 757-200 fleets, with 11 777s and 14 757-200s completed. In addition, Continental will take delivery of two new Boeing 777 aircraft outfitted with the flat-bed seats by the end of July. The seats will also be installed on many of Continental’s Boeing 767-400 aircraft starting in 2011 and on the Boeing 787 fleet as the new aircraft are delivered to the company.

The BusinessFirst flat-bed seat reclines 180 degrees and provides 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space in the fully extended position on the Boeing 777 (6 feet 4 inches on the Boeing 757-200). It is one of the widest business-class seats in the air, measuring up to 27 inches (25 inches on the 757-200). Laptop power, headset and USB plugs are conveniently tucked above the customer’s shoulder. iPod connectivity allows each customer to view their personal videos and enjoy their music while their iPod is charging. The new seats feature 15.4-inch video monitors for customers to enjoy on-demand movies, music and games.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. One of the two new Boeing 777-224 ERs is N77022 (msn 39777). This spectacular picture shows N77022 making a planned missed approach at Everett (Paine Field) on July 14. Both of the two new Triple Sevens will be in the Star Alliance color scheme.

Will the first 787 Dreamliner delivery to ANA be delayed to early 2011?

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has stated delivery of its new 787 aircraft to ANA (All Nippon Airways) could be delayed into early 2011. Boeing is still hoping it can deliver the new type to ANA by year’s end.

Read the full report in the WSJ:


In other news, Boeing has chosen North Charleston, SC, as the location for its new 787 Dreamliner interiors fabrication facility. Boeing will purchase land from Stone Mountain Industrial Park Inc. BRPH will design the facility, and Pattillo Construction will provide construction services. Employees at the facility will manufacture and assemble airplane interior parts.

The new fabrication factory will be 10 miles (16 km) from Boeing’s 787 final assembly and delivery site in North Charleston (CHS). The close proximity of the two facilities will help improve the efficiency of the final assembly and delivery process in South Carolina. Charleston International Airport (CHS) will become the second 787 assembly plant in 2011 behind Everett (Paine Field) (PAE).

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) is pictured at Everett (Paine Field) in ANA colors.

British Airways takes delivery of its first Boeing 777-336 ER (G-STBA)

British Airways (London) today (July 9) took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-336 ER G-STBA (msn 40542) arrives back at Everett after a test flight.

IAM files for union elections at Delta Air Lines

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today (July 1) is filing applications with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for rulings that will lead to union representation elections for more than 30,000 employees at mostly non-union Delta Air Lines (Atlanta).

The IAM is requesting separate “single carrier” rulings from the NMB with respect to the carrier’s fleet service and passenger service classifications. These rulings would establish that Delta and Northwest Airlines are operating as one carrier for representational purposes in each of these classifications, clearing the way for elections to be scheduled for each of these combined work groups. The Machinists Union is still investigating the single carrier status of stock clerks and office & clerical employees.

Following the NMB’s single carrier ruling, the IAM will have 14 days to provide evidence that sufficient interest exists in that employee classification to warrant an election. Proof of interest is demonstrated by a combination of the IAM’s current pre-merger Northwest membership plus signed election request cards from pre-merger Delta employees totaling at least 35 percent of eligible employees in each classification.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-232 LR (Longer Range) N710DN (msn 40560) climbs away from Everett (Paine Field).

China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines are pushing consolidation of their cargo subsidiaries

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Shanghai Airlines (Shanghai) are now pushing for consolidation of their cargo subsidiaries according to this published report.

China Eastern’s China Cargo Airlines and Shanghai Airlines’ Shanghai Cargo Airlines would be merged if parent China Eastern can reach agreement with some of the external stockholders of both subsidiaries. China Eastern needs to consult with those shareholders to agree on any restructuring.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. China Cargo Airlines’ brand new Boeing 777-F6N B-2077 (msn 37713) departs from Everett (Paine Field).

Boeing 747-8 Freighter Receives Expanded Type Inspection Authorization

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) received expanded type inspection authorization (TIA) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 747-8 Freighter on June 11. This authorization clears the way for FAA personnel to participate in test flights and collect required data.

With the issuance of TIA, the 747 program is beginning expanded certification testing. During this phase of testing, the extremes of the flight envelope are explored. Testing conditions include operations in hot and cold weather as well as takeoffs and landings at high-altitude airports. In addition, over-speed conditions, hard landings and engine-out conditions are tested.

The entire flight-test program calls for a total of about 3,700 hours of ground and air testing. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of this year. The first customer is Cargolux.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The third 747-8F test aircraft, Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) is seen at Everett (Paine Field).

ANA to start flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner overseas in March

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) expects to take delivery of the first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner in November. The new type will first enter revenue service on domestic routes in Japan followed by the first international service in March 2011.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The first Dreamliner to receive an airline livery is this 787-881 registered N787EX (msn 34488) in ANA’ colors at Everett (Paine Field).

UPS’ 1Q Earnings Jump 37% on Revenue Increase of 7%

UPS (Atlanta and Louisville) posted adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.71 for the first quarter of 2010, a 37% gain over the adjusted $0.52 for the prior-year period. Revenue increased 7% to $11.7 billion. Growth in the international package and supply chain businesses, yield improvement and increased operating leverage resulted in margin expansion in all business segments. The corporation posted a $1 billion operating profit in the first quarter.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. UPS’ Boeing 757-24A (PF) N407UP (msn 23729) is pictured at scenic Everett.

Boeing puts the third 747-8F into testing

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) arrives at Seattle (King County-Boeing Field) after its first flight.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) prepares for its first flight at Everett on March 17.

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.

Boeing to invest $100 million in Indian maintenance facility

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Oops! Will the real N747EX taxi out? Both of the new 747-8Fs at Everett have been incorrectly painted as N747EX. The real 747-8R7 N747EX (msn 35808) is the one on the left.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is planning to invest $100 million in order to build a new MRO maintenance facility in Nagpur, India. The new facility will maintain the Boeing 787 Dreamliners of Air India, now scheduled to be first delivered in the second quarter of 2011.

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Boeing completes the first flight of the second Dreamliner, ANA’s 787-881 N787BA

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ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) PAE

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (December 22) completed the first flight of the second 787 Dreamliner, designated ZA002 (but actually the pictured 787-881 N787EX, msn 34488). The all-new airplane, which features the 1983 livery of the Dreamliner’s launch customer, ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan, took off from Paine Field in Everett, completed a two-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Boeing stated “We are delighted that the second Dreamliner is in the livery of our launch customer, ANA,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “We are honored by the airline’s support and look forward to delivering ANA the first production airplane next year.”

Captain Randy Neville was at the controls for the flight, with Chief Pilot Mike Carriker operating as co-pilot. Neville and Carriker took the airplane to an altitude of 13,000 feet (3,962 m) and an airspeed of 200 knots, or about 230 miles (370 km) per hour. The airplane took off at 9:09 a.m. PST and landed at 11:10 a.m. PST.

This is the second of six 787s being used in the airplane’s flight-test program. Each of the airplanes will be used for a specific set of tests, with this airplane focusing on systems performance. Like its predecessor, ZA001, the airplane is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

In other news, Boeing announced yesterday (December 22) it is taking full control of Global Aeronautica, the midfuselage plant in North Charleston, SC, by buying out its Italian supplier Alenia. In July, Boeing took over the Vought facility at North Charleston (CHS). CHS will be location of the second Dreamliner assembly plant.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Flydubai flies to new heights, adds new service to Kathmandu

Flydubai (Dubai) today (December 17) launched a new route to its highest destination, Kathmandu in Nepal.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

The 787 Dreamliner finally flies!

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The rotation of N787BA at Everett (Paine Field) on the first flight is captured on a very dark and wet day in the Pacific Northwest.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N787BA arrives back at a soggy Boeing Field (BFI) after the historic flight.

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.

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Here is the official Boeing press release:


The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is ready to fly!

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (December 12) completed high-speed taxi tests on the first 787 Dreamliner (787-881 N787BA, msn 40690). This is the last in a series of functional tests planned in preparation for first flight. According to the Boeing press release, ”Our pilots told me the airplane performed beautifully,” said Mike Delaney, vice president and chief project engineer for the 787. “We’re going through and analyzing the data to ensure we’re ready for first flight. From evaluations we’ve done so far, everything looks good.”

During the testing, the airplane reached a top speed of approximately 130 knots (150 mph, 240 kph), and the pilots lifted the nose gear from the pavement. Video highlights of the taxi testing will be available by the end of the day Monday at http://www.boeing.com and http://www.newairplane.com.

Taxi test is the last testing planned before first flight which could come on Tuesday, December 15, if the Seattle area weather permits.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

KLM returns to Denpasar (Bali) after 12 years

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) returned to Denpasar (Bali) on December 7 after the route was dropped in October 1997. The flight from Amsterdam to DPS is routed via Singapore and is operated with Boeing 777-300 ERs.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Qatar Airways launches Doha-Melbourne nonstop flights

Qatar Airways (Doha) last night (December 6) launched nonstop service between DOH and Melbourne, Australia with Boeing 777-200 LRs (Longer Range). The new route will be operated initially three times a week. However with the delivery of the pictured 777-2DZ LR A7-BBD (msn 36016) later this month the route will become daily service starting on January 1, 2010.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. A7-BBD lands at Everett (Paine Field) against beautiful clouds.

China Southern takes delayed delivery of two Boeing 777Fs

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) yesterday (December 2) took delivery of two brand new Boeing 777-F1Bs (B-2073 and B-2075).

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Emirates tells Boeing 777-200LR is “inefficient”

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Emirates Airline (Dubai) according to published reports has told Boeing the 777-200 LR (Longer Range) is “inefficient” for the Dubai-Los Angeles route.

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JAL asks for a public bailout

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JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) has asked for a public bailout to save the flag carrier.

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Jet’s pilots sick out, at least 130 flights canceled


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Jet Airways (Mumbai) was struck by a sick out by its pilots today. At least 130 flights have been canceled.


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Boeing delivers 777-306 ER PH-BVD to KLM


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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has taken delivery of its latest Boeing 777-306 ER registered PH-BVD (msn 35979). The new acquisition is painted in the SkyTeam Alliance colors.



Qatar Airways issues stern warning to Boeing


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Cathay Pacific and Dragonair to cut capacity


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Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has announced a series of measures to reduce costs due to the drop in business due to the current economic downturn. The airline will reduce passenger capacity by eight percent and overall cargo capacity by 11 percent from May 2009. At the same time, the company will start a “Special Leave Scheme” under which staff will be asked to take unpaid leave varying from one to four weeks according to their seniority. Subsidiary Dragonair (Hong Kong) will also see a 13 percent reduction in capacity. Services to Dalian, Fukuoka, Guilin and Dalian will be suspended. Cathay Pacific is also negotiating the sale of five aircraft and will park two more Boeing 747-400BCF freighters (total now five). It will also wet lease one freighter to subsidiary Air Hong Kong (Hong Kong).

China Southern parks two new Boeing 777Fs


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China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) has parked two brand new Boeing 777F freighters (B-2071 and B-2702) at Marana due to its current financial crisis. The two aircraft were flown to MZJ for desert storage on April 14. The Chinese carrier lost over $700 million in 2008, its first loss in three years.

V Australia launches a second route to LAX


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V Australia (Virgin Blue International Airlines) (Sydney) yesterday (April 7) launched the Brisbane-Los Angeles, its second route to the United States.

Qatar Airways is coming to Australia


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Qatar Airways (Doha) will add both Melbourne and Sydney later this year. The fast growing airline is also adding new service to Amritsar and Goa in India. The previously-announced Doha-Houston route (almost 17 hours of flying) is on schedule to commence on March 30. The new long range routes will be assigned to the newly delivered Boeing 777-200 LRs (Longer Range).

AeroMexico to start Mexico City-Montreal flights


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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.


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