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Boeing reports record fourth quarter revenue and earnings

The Boeing Company (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) reported record fourth-quarter revenue of $24.5 billion on higher deliveries and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) that increased 23 percent to $2.31, reflecting strong performance across the company. Fourth-quarter 2014 core operating earnings (non-GAAP) increased to $2.3 billion and GAAP earnings from operations increased to $2.0 billion. Fourth-quarter 2013 results included a $406 million non-cash charge ($0.34 per share) related to the A-12 settlement.

Revenue rose 5 percent in the full year to a record $90.8 billion and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 22 percent* to $8.60 on record deliveries. Full-year 2014 GAAP earnings per share was $7.38.

Core earnings per share guidance for 2015 is set at between $8.20 and $8.40, while GAAP earnings per share guidance is established at between $8.10 and $8.30. Revenue guidance is between $94.5 and $96.5 billion, including commercial deliveries of between 750 and 755. Operating cash flow is expected to be greater than $9.0 billion.

Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased 15 percent to a record $16.8 billion on higher delivery volume and mix. Fourth-quarter operating margin was 9.3 percent, reflecting higher planned period costs and the dilutive impact of 787 deliveries partially offset by the delivery volume (Table 4).

During the quarter, the company began production on the fuselage stringers of the first 737 MAX airplane. The 737 program has won over 2,600 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. Also during the quarter, the company began final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at the South Carolina facility and broke ground on the 777X composite centers in Everett and St. Louis.

Commercial Airplanes booked 432 net orders during the quarter with a record 1,432 orders in 2014. Backlog remains strong with nearly 5,800 airplanes valued at a record $440 billion.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. How much longer will the Boeing 747-800 be built? Will there be another “Super Bowl Surprise” in support of the Seattle Seahawks? Boeing 747-8JK N6067E (msn 38636) in house colors departs from Paine Field.

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Scoot revises its inaugural plans for the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Scoot (Singapore) has once again revised its inaugural Boeing 787-9 service. The airline will now introduce the new type on February 5 between Singapore and Perth followed by Singapore – Hong Kong the following day pending the first delivery from Boeing (the pictured 9V-OJA) this coming week. The company is planning to replace its six Boeing 777-200 ERs with the new 787s by September.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Scoot 787-9, registered as 9V-OJA (msn 37112), approaches the runway at Paine Field on January 19. The new aircraft is named “Dream Start”. It has been performing crew training flights during January..

Video: The first Scoot 787-9 performs high speed tests at Paine Field near Everett.

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American Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, now has operated every Boeing-designed jetliner type

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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) on January 22 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8, the pictured N800AN (msn 40618) at Paine Field near Everett, Washington. The new type was ferried home yesterday to the the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) home later in the day arriving to a formal welcoming party.

Above Photo: American Airlines. N800AN departs from an overcast Paine Field on its delivery flight.

American Airlines has now operated all of the Boeing-designed jetliners:

Boeing 707 (-123, -123B, -323B and -323C models)

Boeing 717 (designed by McDonnell Douglas as the MD-95, inherited from TWA but not officially operated)

Boeing 720

Boeing 727 (both models)

Boeing 737 (-200, -300 and -800 models)

Boeing 747 (-100  and SP models)

Boeing 757 (-200 model)

Boeing 767 (-200 and -300 models)

Boeing 777 (-200 and -300 models)

Boeing 787 (now the 787-8 model)

American Airlines issued this statement:

American Airlines on January 23 officially welcomed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. American took delivery of the airplane, a 787-8 with registration number N800AN, on Thursday at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington, and arrived in Dallas/Fort Worth on Friday afternoon.

American 787-8 N800AN flight crew (American)(LR)

Above Photo: American Airlines. The delivery crew of N800AN prepares for the delivery flight.

American 787-8 N800AN arrives at DFW on its delivery flight (DFW)(LR)

Above Photo: DFW Airport. N800AN arrives at DFW after its delivery flight from Paine Field.

American has placed firm orders for 42 Boeing 787 aircraft, with the right to acquire an additional 58. American will take delivery of both the 787-8 and 787-9 as part of the 42 firm orders. American expects its first 787 to enter revenue service in the second quarter, flying domestically between American’s hubs for several weeks before being launched on international flights.

American already has the youngest fleet of the U.S. global network carriers, with an average aircraft age of 12.3 years. In 2015, American plans to take delivery of an average of two new aircraft per week. These new deliveries will make American’s fleet even younger, more modern and more efficient and will provide a solid foundation for continued improvements in technology, products and services.

American is retrofitting its entire fleet of Boeing 777-200s and selected 767-300s, 757-200s and Airbus A319s to refresh the cabins and enhance the experience on domestic and international flights.

In other news, American has filed with the DOT to begin service between Los Angeles and Guadalajara and between Miami and Monterrey according to Daily Airline Filings.

Above Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. A sunny portrait of N800AN before the delivery day at Paine Field.

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Boeing and Thai Airways International celebrate the 75th direct airplane delivery

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Boeing (Chicago) and Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (Bangkok) yesterday (January 21) celebrated the Thai flag-carrier’s 75th direct delivery of a Boeing airplane. Marking the milestone delivery, Boeing and Thai collaborated to transport 1,000 wool blankets onboard Thai’s newly delivered 777-300 ER (Extended Range). The blankets, donated by Another Joy Foundation, will be distributed by the airline to people in need in Thailand during the colder winter months.

This latest humanitarian effort, the third between Boeing and Thai, is part of Boeing’s long-running Humanitarian Delivery Flights program.

Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program, which began in 1992, has worked in partnership with nearly 50 carriers worldwide to facilitate more than 170 humanitarian flights. On previous delivery flights, Thai and Boeing have provided medical kits and school supplies.

Thai currently operates four 787 Dreamliners and has operated nearly every model of the 777. Thai Cargo was the first carrier in Southeast Asia to utilize the 777 Freighter. The airline has an additional two 777-300 ERs on order.

Photo: Boeing. Brand new Boeing 777-3D7 ER HS-TKX (msn 42113) departs from an overcast Paine Field near Everett yesterday. The new airplane was handed over to the carrier on January 21.

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American Airlines gets one step closer to taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) was reportedly due to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in November, then it slipped to December. The original delivery date was September 2012 before all of the delays occurred to the other 787s in front of this aircraft. The first 787 is now due to be delivered in the first quarter of this year. The pictured 787-8 N800AN (msn 40618) emerged from the paint shop on October 30, 2014. Boeing and American are currently working on the details for the delivery and entry of the new type into revenue service. However the new type has completed an important milestone in the delivery process.

As we previously reported, the pictured N800AN successfully conducted its first flight on January 6 from Paine Field via Moses Lake. Since then, the 787 has completed another test flight.

American has 42 Boeing 787s on order including 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s, with 58 options. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of two 787s this year, 11 in 2015, 13 in 2016 and nine in 2017.

American will replace some of its older Boeing 767-300s with the new 787s.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. A splendid shot in sunshine of N800AN at Paine Field near Everett, Washington on January 19 performing another test flight.

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Scoot will now introduce the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on February 1

Scoot (Singapore) is now planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 on February 1 to both Hong Kong and Perth from Singapore. The inaugural has been delayed twice due to delivery delays at Boeing.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. The first 787, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 9V-OJA (msn 37112), is pictured yesterday undergoing pre-delivery testing at Paine Field near Everett.

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China Eastern to introduce the Boeing 777-300 ER on the Toronto route on June 17

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) will now introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the Shanghai (Pudong) – Toronto (Pearson) route on June 17 (delayed from April 15) according to Airline Route. The new type will replace the Airbus A340-600 currently operating on the route. The route is operated on three days a week.

Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 777-39P ER B-2001 (msn 43269) in the new look was handed over to the carrier on September 23, 2014.

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Silk Way West Airlines and Boeing to finalize the purchase of three 747-8 freighters

Silk Way West Airlines (Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo) (formerly Silk Way Airlines) (Baku) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes.

When finalized, the contract will be valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. The order will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

Silk Way West Airlines is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.

Silk Way Airlines became Silk Way West Airlines on July 1, 2012.

Top Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com (all others below by Silk Way West Airlines). Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVC (4K-SW882) (msn 44937) prepares to land at Paine Field. This freighter was delivered on August 29, 2014.

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Air China introduces the new Boeing 747-800 to New York, will also operate on the Beijing – San Francisco route

Air China (Beijing) will introduce the new Boeing 747-800 on the Beijing – San Francisco route on May 1 per Airline Route. The carrier introduced the new type on the Beijing – New York (JFK) route yesterday (January 7). The new type will also be assigned to the Beijing – Chongqing route starting on May 1.

Air China today issued this statement:

Air China’s Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental debuted internationally on the Beijing-New York route on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Expected arrival at JFK International is at 1:30 p.m. EST local time. A New York welcome awaits the Boeing 747-8i’s first international flight from Beijing, starting with a traditional water cannon salute shortly after landing, followed by a reception inside the cabin hosted by Air China’s New York offices led by Mr. Yuelong Zhou, General Manager.

Air China’s Flights 981 and 982 will be operated by the new-generation Boeing 747-8i on a daily basis while Flights 988 and 989 continue to be operated by Boeing 777-300 ER.

Air China is the launch carrier in Asia for Boeing’s newest wide body passenger aircraft. It is also the first inChina to operate the Boeing 747-8i and the only airline with nonstop services between New York and Beijing.

Air China’s Boeing 747-800i features 12 luxury suites in the Forbidden Pavilion first class cabin, 54 fully-flat sleepers Capital Pavilion business class, 66 premium economy seats and 233 in the economy cabin for a total of 365 seats.

The business class 180-degree flat-bed seats are split between the main deck and the entire upper deck, giving Air China’s guests an exclusive private space. Majority of the lie-flat sleepers are arranged in a staggered 2-2 configuration.

Seats in premium economy and economy cabins offer more legroom for maximum comfort. An enhanced entertainment system offers a wide array of user-friendly features, including mobile phone apps and a sliding touch control.

Air China’s Boeing 747-8i is also the first to sport the company’s new cabin interior (below) which depicts three traditional Chinese cultural elements that represent the harmonious unity of heaven, earth and sky.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Air China took delivery of the pictured Boeing 747-89L B-2485 (msn 41191) on September 30, 2014.

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American Airlines’ first Boeing 787-8 performs its first flight

American 787-8 N800AN (13)(Tail)(American)(LR)

American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) first Boeing 787-8 (N800AN, msn 40618) yesterday (January 6) successfully performed its first flight from an overcast Paine Field near Everett, Washington.

Photo: American Airlines. The tail of N800AN is seen on the Boeing production line at Paine Filed.

 

Air New Zealand finalizes its order for two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Air New Zealand (Auckland) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. The order, booked in 2014, comes six months after Air New Zealand celebrated the first 787-9 delivery in July.

This order will eventually increase the airline’s fleet to a total of 12 787-9s, which will operate alongside 15 777-200 ERs (Extended Range) and 777-300 ERs.

Air New Zealand is the launch customer of the 787-9 and currently operates three of the aircraft in its fleet. Including today’s announcement, the airline now has nine unfilled 787-9s on order.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes opened with the 787-8. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters), the 787-9 can fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

To date, 58 customers around the world have ordered 1,071 787s.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZF (msn 34335) lands at Paine Field after a test flight.

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SpiceJet reduces its schedule as it recapitalizes, strikes out at sensationalist media reports

SpiceJet (Delhi) has been battling media reports about cancelled flights as it reduces its schedule and its fleet. The airline is recapitalizing with new investors and will operate over 7,000 flights in January. With the planned new capital it plans to add back aircraft to its fleet.

Flights cancelled by SpiceJet: CLICK HERE

The airline issued this statement on December 31:

There have been some media reports with sensational but misleading headlines like “Spice cancels 3,450 flights in January”. SpiceJet clarifies that these are not new or incremental cancellations, these are for the most part the flights that were already removed from the schedule in November and December as an outcome of our fleet reduction, which resulted in our daily flights reducing from 345 flights a day in the summer to 230 flights a day.

The schedule will remain at the reduced level until the recapitalization of the airline is completed and aircraft added back to its fleet. Even with the reduced schedule, SpiceJet is scheduled to operate over 7,000 flights in the month of January.

SpiceJet once again appeals to the media to avoid sensationalist reporting as it does a disservice not just to the airline, but to passengers, the general public, the aviation industry, and the nation at large.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. SpiceJet’s Boeing 737-8GJ WL VT-SGG (msn 36368) departs from Paine Field.

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Azerbaijan Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Azerbaijan Airlines AHY 787-9 #211 at Paine Field

Azerbaijan Airlines (Baku) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have announced the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. With this delivery, Azerbaijan Airlines becomes the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787.

Based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, state-owned Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) is the national carrier of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan Airlines currently flies a network of over 20 global destinations across the United States, China, Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East and Europe.

To date, 58 customers from around the world have ordered 1,055 787 Dreamliners.

Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 787-8 N1789B (msn 37920) named “Fizuli” became VP-BBR on the handover.

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Air France-KLM to defer 10 Boeing 777-300 ER deliveries as it issues its third profit warning in 6 months

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) have announced they are going to defer delivery of their combined 10 Boeing 777-300s on order due to its third profit warning in six months according to Reuters. This raises concerns for Boeing for a potential production gap for Boeing for the 777 production line until the new 777X enters production.

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Meanwhile Air France-KLM issued this statement:

During its meeting on December 18, 2014, the Air France-KLM Board of Directors reviewed the updated financial outlook for the fourth quarter 2014.

The Group is revising down its 2014 EBITDA target by an additional €200 million compared with the targets communicated on July 8 and October 8. There are four factors behind this revision:

The persistent weakness in unit revenues in several long-haul markets, witnessed since the summer and still prevailing in early December.

The updating of the estimated impact of the Air France pilots’ strike on the fourth quarter including, in particular, a higher-than-expected re-invoicing charge for passenger transportation by other airlines during the strike (‘interline’ invoicing).

Due to new fiscal regulations, the group will not recognize in its 2014 EBITDA a positive pension cost adjustment that was previously expected. Any potential adjustment will be booked under ‘other non-current income and expenses’.

A limited fuel price effect in the fourth quarter, in view of the continued decline in the crude oil price which has fallen by more than that of jet fuel, of the structure of the procurement contracts and of the fuel hedging portfolio.

As announced in the third quarter results press release, with no impact on the principles of the Perform 2020 plan, the Group has decided to revise its 2015 and 2016 business plans to take into account the consequences of the pilots’ strike and of the weaker unit revenue trend that has developed since the summer. The Group is thus planning further unit cost* reduction measures and a significant scale back in its investment plan.

Air France-KLM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniac, made the following comments: “The Perform 2020 dynamic is under way across all the Group’s activities, based on the imperatives of an ongoing improvement in competitiveness and strict financial discipline. By significantly stepping up our cost-cutting efforts and adapting the investment plan, Air France-KLM can gain the resources and be well prepared to tackle 2015 despite the difficult competitive environment.”

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air France’s Boeing 777-328 ER F-GZNI (msn 39973) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM’s Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVC (msn 37582) departs from Paine Field.

Flydubai to add three new routes in 2015

Flydubai (Dubai) has announced the addition of three new routes to its growing network. Flights to Hargeisa (Somaliland), Chennai (India), and Nejran (Saudi Arabia) will commence in the first quarter of 2015, further expanding the carrier’s footprint to 89 destinations in 46 countries.

From March 5, 2015, Flydubai will become the first carrier to operate to Hargeisa, Somaliland from Dubai with four weekly flights. Flydubai has expanded its network in Africa in 2014 to 13 points served by 60 weekly flights.

Nejran will be added on January 10, 2015 with four weekly flights followed by Chennai on March 31, 2015 with three flights a week.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FDE (msn 40235) departs from Paine Field.

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Kenya Airways to introduce the Boeing 787 on the London Heathrow route

Kenya Airways (Nairobi) will introduce the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the daily Nairobi-London (Heathrow) route on January 19, 2015 replacing the current Boeing 777-200 ER equipment per Airline Route.

The airline is very satisfied with the operational performance of its new 787s which are achieving a dispatch reliability rate of 99.4 percent for its five Dreamliners per Boeing and the airline.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, the airline reported its first half financial results: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful ramp portrait of Kenya Airways’ first Boeing 787-8 (5Y-KZA, msn 35510).

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Boeing rolls out the first Boeing 787 for Royal Air Maroc

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Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca) will soon take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The pictured CN-RGB (msn 43817) has been rolled out of the paint shop at Boeing. Boeing has released this photo on Randy’s Journal.

As previously reported, the carrier is planning to introduce the new type on January 8, 2015 between Casablanca and Paris (Orly) followed by Casablanca-New York (JFK) on February 22, 2015 according to Airline Route.

The airline will also operate the new type to Montreal (Trudeau) starting on March 29, 2015, Algiers (June 14, 2015) and Jeddah (June 14, 2015).

Copyright Photo: Boeing/Tim Stake.

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Can SpiceJet continue to grow despite the concerns of its auditors?

SpiceJet (Delhi) has reported losses in its last five quarters. According to this report by The Economic Times, the airline auditors “in their recent report have cast doubts over the ability of media baron Kalanithi Maran’s budget carrier to run it as a “going concern”. The auditors stated the airline’s total assets are now exceeded by its total liabilities. The airline is also losing pilots at an alarming rate.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8GJ WL VT-SGF (msn 36367) departs from Paine Field.

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LAN Airline to introduce the Boeing 787 on the Santiago-Sydney route

LAN Airlines (Santiago) will introduce the 247-seat Boeing 787 on the long trans-Pacific Santiago-Sydney route on April 18, 2015 replacing its older Airbus A340-300s.

Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CC-BBF (msn 38476) arrives back at Everett (Paine Field) after a test flight.

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Biman Bangladesh ends service today to Frankfurt

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) today (October 27) is ending service to Frankfurt where it operates as an extension of the Dhaka-Rome route. The route was served two days a week.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3E9 ER S2-AHN (msn 40121) departs from Paine Field, Everett.

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Thomson Airways unveils its vision of future leisure flying, orders two more Boeing 787s

Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester) has unveiled its vision of leisure flying with these new concepts for its fleet. The airline issued this statement and images about its new five year plan:

Thomson Airways, the UK’s largest leisure airline, has unveiled its five year vision to change the face of holiday flying through new state-of-the-art aircraft, more long-haul destinations and innovative on-board product and service concepts.

The vision will be delivered through an upgraded fleet, including the announcement of two further Boeing 787 Dreamliners (above) and the delivery of 47 new Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts by 2020. This will give Thomson Airways one of the youngest and most state-of-the-art fleets in the UK at an average age of just five years.

The Dreamliner aircraft will enable Thomson Airways to increase its long-haul capacity and fly to new destinations, including the only direct flight from Europe to Costa Rica on the 787 in November 2015. It will also be the only direct flight from the UK to the destination. Other destinations currently being considered include expanding operations in the Eastern Caribbean to islands like St Lucia and Antigua, in the Antilles to Bonaire and Curacao and South East Asia to Vietnam and Malaysia.

The 737 MAX will enhance the customer experience on short and mid-haul routes and, with the aircraft expected to be around 14% more fuel efficient than the current 737, will help Thomson Airways maintain its position as the UK’s leading airline for carbon performance.

A multi-million pound refresh will also be implemented across the existing fleet of 737 and 757 aircraft this winter to enhance the levels of comfort and service and provide a more contemporary on-board environment.

The airline will also continue to invest in its on-board products and services and today revealed innovative new concepts it’s planning to implement across short, mid and long-haul flights over the next five years. This includes concepts to bring the holiday experience to life on the aircraft, help customers plan their trips from 43,000 feet and seamlessly connect the crew with the overseas holiday teams.

New 737 MAX seating concepts

Thomson Family Booth (LRW)

Family Booth (above) – more social seating for four to six people situated at the back of the aircraft around a table. Designed for larger families travelling to First Choice Holiday Village or Thomson Family Resort

Thomson DuoSeat with table (LRW)

Duo-seating (above) – three innovative pod style seats become two with a table for champagne, in-seat charging and mood lighting for a more spacious and luxurious start to the holiday

On-board people innovations

Thomson Child Care (LRW)

On-board kids’ club – bringing Thomson and First Choice child care (above) expertise to the skies with a fully trained member of the crew to help parents keep the kids entertained with arts, crafts and quizzes that relate to the destination

Thomson HolidayMaker (LRW)

HolidayMaker (above) – on-board HolidayMakers on short and mid-haul flights – a member of the resort team who has extensive knowledge of all there is to do in the destination and can offer advice and recommendations to customers

In-flight technology advancements

Inflight entertainment – new content and channels designed specifically for holidaymakers including a bedtime story channel for little ones, bespoke teenage content and destination inspiration channels on long-haul. Further planned enhancements include room upgrades, advance check-in and resort experience bookings through the state-of-the-art system

Thomson iPad (LRW)

iPad enabled crew (above) – to personalize the customer service, share destination information and pass special requests and information over to the resort team

David Burling, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland, said: “Our airline business has traditionally been categorized in the charter sector which is often perceived as the poor relation to scheduled and, in reality, bears little resemblance to the Thomson Airways experience today.

“Our overall goal is to make travel experiences special and, as the flight marks both the start and end of the holiday, we see it as an integral part of the whole holiday experience.

“That is why we want to want to define and lead a new category of flying – the holiday airline category. This describes an airline designed for the specific needs of the holiday maker and fully connected to the holiday experience in the destination.

“We’ll achieve this by continuing to invest in our fleet, in state-of-the-art aircraft like the 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX, in our on-board technology connecting the flight experience to that in resort and in product and service innovations that are entirely relevant to the holidaymaker both today and tomorrow.”

Thomson Beach Snack Bar (LRW)

Above: Beach Snack Bar in Premium Club cabin.

Top Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. New Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUIE (msn 37227) arrives after a test flight at Paine Field near Everett, WA. G-TUIE was handed over on June 30, 2014.

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Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner yesterday (October 9). The airline is the first European airline to take delivery of the 787-9 and plans to operate the airplane initially on its London Heathrow to Boston route.

Virgin Atlantic’s first 787-9 touched down at London’s Gatwick Airport today (October 10) following a more than 7,400 kilometer (4,000 nautical mile) nonstop flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The 787-9 registered as G-VNEW (msn 40956) (above), is named ‘Birthday Girl’ in reference to the UK carrier’s 30th anniversary and is the first of 16 787-9s Virgin Atlantic has ordered from Boeing.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830 kilometers (450 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

The airplane leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Based out of London’s Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, as well as Manchester and Glasgow Airports, Virgin Atlantic Airways operates a fleet of approximately 40 airplanes. Along with its first 787-9, the British operator also has a Boeing fleet of 12 Boeing 747-400s operating on routes across North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

To date, nearly 60 customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,000 Dreamliners, approximately 40 percent of which are 787-9s.

Virgin Atlantic Anatomy of a 787

Above: Anatomy of a Boeing 787.

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Meet Hayley Burton, Virgin Atlantic’s 787 Program Manager (from the Virgin Atlantic blog):

In October, we’re welcoming ‘Birthday Girl’ – the new Boeing 787-9 aircraft that will lead our 16-strong Dreamliner fleet – which might just go down in history as the planes that revolutionized our business. And while we’re bursting with excitement about it, we’ve been working up to this moment for several years. Someone who has been helping keep the project running smoothly from the very beginning is Hayley Burton, a Program Planner and self-confessed airline geek.

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Hayley wasn’t always an airline geek though. In fact, she started as a Business/Data Analyst and joined Virgin Atlantic three and a half years ago, supporting projects in Engineering. “I’ve always been interested in many different things. Following my school education, I started my work life as a legal secretary and ended up forging a career within Information Management & Technology for the NHS. I then completed a HND in Computing & Software Development as formal qualification of my skills and knowledge within this area.”

Although Hayley didn’t forecast a career in aviation, when she saw the role within Virgin Atlantic, she couldn’t resist applying. “I saw the ad and my best friend, who works at Virgin Atlantic, said I’d really fit in here – so that was it really!” And even though she wasn’t a specialist or industry expert, her transferable skills and drive to tackle big challenges head-on, meant she saw the potential for her skills to contribute to our business, but also the chance to learn something new too.

The 787 program

“Moving onto the 787 program was a real opportunity for me to understand the other elements of the business and where and how they all worked together. When I was working in Engineering, that was the only area I learned about. Now, I’m fortunate enough to be able to look at lots of elements with multiple areas – from Flight Operations to Cabin Crew and Service Delivery. It’s really enabled me to see the airline as a whole.”

It’s true. As Program Planner, Hayley really does have a finger in almost every pie. “I oversee the entire project planning within the programme. I create a very high-level plan and track all of our business areas within it. So it’s really about understanding what people have to deliver and when, their required outcomes, identifying any potential risks and how they’re managed – including financials. I’m also part of the 787 comms team, so I’m regularly in touch with internal and external stakeholders, and I’m also a bit of a right-hand-man for my Program Manager. I liaise with my Boeing counter-part who I collaborate with on a regular basis in order to review the plans and share information on our progress.”

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Hayley says the moment Boeing toured the UK with the 787 and she got to see it upfront, was when she realized what a great project this was. “This fleet is so important to our business; it’s a real game-changer. Not only will the fuel efficiency save us money, but the aircraft are e-enabled, meaning they use state-of-the-art technology.”

“From a technology perspective we’ve installed and built a new IT infrastructure in order to process the waves of data that we’re going to receive from the aircraft and that’s really exciting. It’ll be used to work out how we fly, what routes we take, how we maintain the aircraft and how we can improve all those things”.

It’s been a challenging project but one that she says has been exciting and well-executed. “We’ve definitely rolled our sleeves up and thrown ourselves at this. Boeing has told us that we out-weigh other operators in being prepared for this aircraft. And as the arrival of the first aircraft draws ever closer, we’ve set up a countdown clock – you can feel the excitement. We have a fantastic programme team and everyone has really pulled together.”

Visiting Seattle

While she’s impressed with the team and how our areas work together, she’s says the highlight so far has been her visit to Boeing’s Everett hangar in Seattle – the world’s largest building by volume.

“We travelled around the hangar in golf carts and there were people just everywhere constructing these four airplanes on the 787 production line – they were literally being built before my eyes. It was just amazing. I really got to see something that people – even in the industry – don’t usually get to see.”

So apart from once-in-a-lifetime experiences, what’s the best part of working on this project? “Everything surprises me about this job. I’ve learned so much through my work on this program, it’s unbelievable. My knowledge about how the airline industry works is immense and I’m still trying to cram it into my brain!”

“My goal is to manage a major program like this in the future; the skills and experiences I’ve built upon by working at Virgin Atlantic makes me feel optimistic about my future career.”

Update: On October 23, 2014 the new type entered revenue service on the London (Heathrow)-Atlanta route. The airline issued this statement:

Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787 aircraft, Birthday Girl took to the skies October 23, flying from London to Atlanta on a special celebration flight.

Guests on board include BRIT Award-winning 4-piece Rudimental and hit-makers Gorgon City (below). The two London based bands will perform the first ever gig to be live streamed from over the Atlantic Ocean to the world and a plane packed full of VIP guests and an exclusive audience of super fans who won spaces on the flight.

Virgin Atlantic Rudimental and Gordon City

Also on board is TV chef Lorraine Pascale. Best known for her hit TV series and recipe books, Lorraine has been working with the team at the airline to create signature dishes for Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class passengers along with a variety of children’s meals to be served throughout every cabin.

Dishes on-board will include Lorraine’s “Marvellous” mac’n’cheese with pancetta, Sweet & sour pork balls with sunshine rice and “Mum’s” chili con carne with calypso rice.

Lorraine’s new menu will be officially launched on services leaving the UK from 28th October but as a special one-off all guests on board the celebration flight to Atlanta will have the chance to experience her new dishes in every cabin.

To accompany Lorraine’s amazing food and making a special appearance on board for the first time is Virgin Atlantic’s new sparkling wine from English winery Hambledon Vineyard. Proudly grown and produced in Hampshire, Meon Hill Grand Reserve has been specifically selected to compliment the cabin pressure and humidity of the 787 cabin and has been found to stay bubbly for longer. The new sparkling wine will be launched on Birthday Girl and will be available exclusively on the 787 aircraft.

Birthday Girl will start her first commercial flight on October 28 to Boston and other Dreamliners will be deployed on other key London to US East Coast market initially, with subsequent services between Heathrow and Washington, Heathrow and Newark and Heathrow and New York JFK scheduled to start in the following five months.

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Top Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. G-VNEW arrives back at Paine Field after a sunset test flight.

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China Eastern to introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the New York route on November 15

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) will introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the daily nonstop Shanghai (Pudong)-New York (JFK) route on November 15, replacing the current Airbus A340-600 aircraft.

In other news, the company will also begin service to Auckland, New Zealand on December 9 from Shanghai (Pudong). The new route will be operated four days a week with Airbus A330-200s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39P ER B-2001 (msn 43269) lands at Paine Field in the new 2014 livery.

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American Airlines’ first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner moves one step closer to roll-out

American 787-8 N800AN in production at PAE (AA)(LRW)

American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) is keeping interested fans informed on the progress of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner currently on the production line at Boeing’s Paine Field assembly plant. The pictured Dreamliner with the line number of 241 will become N800AN (msn 40618) when it is delivered. The jetliner is due to roll out this month.

The airline will take delivery of its first 787-8 in December. The first 787-8 is scheduled to enter revenue service in early 2015 initially on domestic routes.

American has 42 Boeing 787s on order including 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s, with 58 options. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of two 787s this year, 11 in 2015, 13 in 2016 and nine in 2017.

American will replace some of its older Boeing 767-300s with the new 787s.

In other news, American has asked the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) for Delta’s Tokyo Haneda authority according to Bloomberg. If AA is able to wrestle away the authority, it plans to operate a year-round route to Los Angeles rather than Delta’s seasonal use of its Haneda-Seattle/Tacoma authority.

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China Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER

China Airlines (Taipei) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) yesterday (October 3) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777-300 ER (Extended Range). The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300 ERs that the Taiwanese flag carrier plans to introduce in the coming years.

China Airlines will introduce a new, state-of-the-art cabin interior onboard its 777-300 ER designed by award-winning Taiwanese architect Ray Chen. The airline configured its 777-300 ER to seat 358 passengers in a three-class layout highlighted by the new ‘Family Couch’ seats in economy class, where three seats convert into a flat surface for rest and relaxation.

China Airlines will launch operations of their first 777-300 ER to Hong Kong in October and will eventually introduce the airplane on trans-Pacific routes, connecting Taipei with major cities in North America, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York (JFK).

Specifically the airline is planning to introduce the new type on October 9 between Taipei (Taoyuan) and Hong Kong, October 12 to Bangkok, October 26 to Hanoi and finally October 26 to Kaohsiung per Airline Route.

The new 777-300 ER is equipped with the world’s most powerful GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can travel, with a standard three class configuration, a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).

The airline currently serves more than 13 million passengers annually to over 118 destinations across the globe.

Top Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Stretched Triple Seven, the pictured 777-36N ER B-18051 (msn 41821), lands at Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Boeing. B-18051 is pushed back at the Boeing plant in Everett.

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Air China takes delivery of its first Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental

Air China (Beijing) has taken delivery of the pictured Boeing 747-89L B-2485 (msn 41191) yesterday (September 29), its first 747-800 Intercontinental.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing and Air China celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental. Air China is the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new, fuel-efficient 747-8. The new airplane is the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals Air China has on order.

“Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s,” said Song Zhiyong, president of Air China. “This iconic airplane has played an important role in Air China’s international development and has also witnessed many milestones of the reform and opening-up of China. We are very proud to introduce the new 747-8 into our fleet to continue its tradition into the future.”

Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, will operate the new airplanes as it continues to expand its international routes.

The 747-8 Intercontinental will bring double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30 percent less noise. The airplane’s interior, inspired by the 787 Dreamliner, includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings. The 747-8 Intercontinental is powered by GE Aviation’s GEnx-2B engines.

Boeing’s partnership with Air China dates back to the 1970s. In addition to the 747-8 Intercontinental, Air China also has 15 787-9s on order. Air China has received all of its 20 777-300 ERs in the last three years and is one of the largest 737 operators in China.

Air China will deploy the new type on the Beijing-Frankfurt route starting daily on January 2, 2015 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. B-2485 is pictured at Boeing Field in Seattle on a test flight.

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Airberlin cancels its Boeing order for 18 737s and 15 787s

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) has cancelled its Boeing order for 18 737s and 15 787 Dreamliners. The airline issued this statement:

Airberlin has reached an agreement with Boeing that it’s orders for 18 Boeing 737 and 15 Boeing 787 aircraft at a price of currently $5 billion to be rescinded. The termination agreement for these 33 aircraft does not include any compensation to Boeing from Airberlin Group, and represents a further important step in the gradual harmonization of the airline’s narrow-body fleet.

Ulf Hüttmeyer, Chief Financial Officer at Airberlin, said: “Not taking on the 33 aircraft ordered will significantly reduce future capital expenditure for Airberlin and improve our balance sheet”.

“Our collaboration with Boeing has always been excellent, and this will remain so. 45 Boeing 737 NG aircraft will remain in service on European short and medium-haul routes. In order to operate more flexibly in the future and further reduce costs, standardization of our fleet is a key element of our restructuring”, Ulf Hüttmeyer continues.

The transition to a uniform narrow-body fleet should be completed by the end of 2016.

Airberlin Group will continue to dynamically adapt the existing fleet to its needs by purchasing or leasing suitable aircraft, although this will be on a smaller scale than originally planned. Already, Airberlin is well positioned, with one of the youngest fleets in Europe.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J D-ABMS (msn 37782) approaches the runway at Paine Field in Everett.

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Air China to introduce its new 365-seat Boeing 747-800 on October 11 between Beijing and Guangzhou

Air China (Beijing) will soon take delivery of its first 365-seat Boeing 747-800. The pictured Boeing 747-89L B-2485 (msn 41191) is being readied for the delivery ceremony. The airline, according to Airline Route, plans to introduce the new type on the Beijing-Guangzhou route on October 11, subject to change.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-89L B-2485 lands at Paine Field after a test flight at the Everett plant.

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China Eastern Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER, introduces a new simplified livery

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 777-300 ER. The new airplane is the first of 20 777-300 ERs China Eastern has on order. The pictured Boeing 777-39P ER B-2001 (msn 43269) was handed over yesterday (September 24).

China Eastern will operate 777-300 ERs on routes between China and North America, which will be a major market for China Eastern over the next three years. The carrier plans to open new routes to North America and also boost frequencies on existing routes from Shanghai to Los Angeles, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto (Pearson). Starting in November, the carrier will deploy its first 777-300 ER on services to Los Angeles and New York (JFK).

China Eastern debuted this new simplified livery on the new 777-300 ER – a change to its 25-year old livery. The new look features an updated logo – a swallow consisting of two capital letters, C and E, which represent the carrier’s name.

China Eastern has configured its new 777-300 ER to feature three distinct cabins. Passengers will find six first class suits, 52 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration and 258 economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration.

The 777-300 ER is equipped with the world’s most powerful GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can travel, with a standard three class configuration, a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).

China Eastern has a fleet of 500 long-haul and short-haul airplanes with an average age of less than seven years, China Eastern serves nearly 80 million travelers annually and ranks among the world’s top five airlines in terms of passenger transportation volume.

Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39P B-2001 is pictured on a test flight in the new look before the official hand over.

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Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 makes its first flight

Virgin Atlantic Airways‘ (London) first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner registered as G-VNEW (msn 40956) and named “Birthday Girl” (above) yesterday (September 23) made its first flight at Paine Field near Everett, Washington.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. G-VNEW is pictured at Paine Field preparing for its first flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun. G-VNEW arrives back at Paine Field after the historic first flight.

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Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines resumes flights to its neighboring countries after taking Ebola virus precautions

Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines (Malabo, Equatorial Guinea) despite concerns about the spreading Ebola virus, has resumed regional flights to Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Dakar and Lomé. The flights were suspended in August due to fears the virus would spread further. A press release was issued by the government:

Equatorial Guinea has resumed regional flights to neighboring African countries by its national air carrier, Ceiba Intercontinental, after taking control measures to safeguard public health.

The temporary suspension of the Ceiba Intercontinental flights was a precautionary measure adopted by the government, but it resumed the flights after it obtained equipment to detect and confront a possible Ebola outbreak. The flights were resumed in order to break the isolation of the affected neighboring countries, which need commercial air service in order to receive supplies and maintain commercial ties with the rest of the continent.

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has invested more than 1 million Euros in the acquisition of healthcare materials, including ambulatory hospitals, ambulances, thermographic cameras for the airports of Malabo and Bata, protection suits, disinfection material, waterproof boots, protection glasses and laser thermometers, among other articles, aimed at confronting a possible Ebola outbreak in the country. Two quarantine areas and specially equipped isolation chambers have also been prepared in the cities of Malabo and Bata.

After verifying the size of the current Ebola outbreak, which has already caused the deaths of some 2,400 persons, the Government of Equatorial Guinea created a special committee for the control and prevention of this disease, and has organized awareness tours on Ebola throughout the entire national territory.

Equatorial Guinea also made a gesture of solidarity to its neighbors earlier this month, when President Obiang announced the donation of 2 million U.S. dollars to the WHO as a grant for the programs to combat Ebola. He made the announcement during the ceremony to present the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinean Prize for Research in Life Sciences.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8FB 3C-LLY (msn 41157) arrives at Paine Field on a test flight before its delivery.

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AeroLogic adds a new route to Hong Kong

AeroLogic (Leipzig/Halle) on October 26 will add a new weekly cargo route from Frankfurt to Hong Kong via Ashgabat. The return flight will operate nonstop per Airline Route.

The company was established as a joint venture by Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Deutsche Post Beteiligungen Holding AG. The respective companies of the shareholders entrusted Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express with the operational responsibility.

AeroLogic has its own Air Operator Certificate (AOC), its own traffic rights, and is responsible for all airline operations including aircraft, pilots and network.

The route network includes more than 20 destinations in Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia and North America. During the week, AeroLogic mainly flies to Asia within the express network of DHL Express, and on the weekend to the USA within the network of Lufthansa Cargo respectively.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-FZN D-AALC (msn 36003) taxies at Paine Field in Everett.

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Air China to increase the Beijing-London Heathrow route to double daily

Air China (Beijing), to meet market demand, starting October 26, 2014, will increase its Beijing – London (Heathrow International Airport) service to two daily flights.

The newly added flights are flights CA855/6. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 14:30 and arrives in London at 17:50 local time. The inbound flight departs from London at 20:25 local time and arrives in Beijing at 14:45 Beijing time. The original daily flights CA937/8 are operated as normal – the outbound flight leaves Beijing at 12:30, and the inbound flight departs from London at 17:40.

After the schedule expansion, the Beijing – London (Heathrow) service as a whole is operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Its Business Class is configured with 180-degree full-flat seats whose ergonomic design can fully meet the needs of premium business travelers looking to have a fortifying rest during the flight. All classes of service are outfitted with personal entertainment system (AVOD) and power sockets, keeping passengers entertained for the duration of the flight. In addition, on its China-Europe routes, Air China also offers such services as seasonal healthy meals and chauffeured transfers for VIP passengers.

As a member carrier of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network, Air China has been actively expanding its European route network. Currently, Europe has become Air China’s largest overseas market, and Air China now operates over 100 flights between China and Europe a week, enabling passengers to travel from Beijing nonstop to 20 European cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Moscow and Madrid. At the same time, relying on the extensive route network of the Star Alliance, Air China can easily fly passengers to 1,328 destinations in 195 countries.

Air China issued this statement on the arrival of the pictured B-2006 in Beijing:

Air China’s aircraft which sports the “Air China Loves China” color scheme arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport on September 28, Beijing time, and September 29 marks the day of its maiden flight CA 1501 Beijing – Shanghai. After that, it will be operated on routes Beijing-Shanghai/Guangzhou.

The background color of the new artwork is white. The aircraft’s tail is emblazoned with the “Air China Loves China” design, which is a nod to the red national flag painted on the nose. The fuselage is adorned with patterns of red silk, a Chinese cultural element, symbolizing the bond between Air China and China and highlighting the joyous celebration of China’s National Day. The letter “C” in the word “CHINA” is designed in such an artistic way as to wrap the character “love”, conveying to people of Chinese descent around the world the key message that Air China loves China.

According to an Air China executive, Air China’s predecessor was Civil Aviation Administration of China Beijing Branch established on January 1, 1955. Air China’s development in the past nearly 60 years is nothing short of a microcosm of the growing prosperity of the nation. The carrier has gone international and has joined the ranks of the world’s finest airlines. Therefore, the new color scheme worn by the aircraft is intended to express Air China’s congratulations to the mother country. To create an atmosphere of festivity, during the National Day Air China will also place an outdoor billboard and use baggage stickers, boarding passes and vehicle stickers that carry the “Air China Loves China” design to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the republic.

Since the first Boeing 777-300 ER of China’s airline industry was put into service by Air China in July 2011, the type has been very popular with travelers. Today, Boeing 777-300 ER has become the leading type on Air China’s key international routes to European and American cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington, Houston, Vancouver, Frankfurt and Paris and hot domestic routes from Beijing to Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Of long-range twin-engine jets, Boeing 777-300 ER widebody aircraft has many pluses in terms of both range and passenger capacity. It is more fuel efficient and quieter, aligned with the universally endorsed concept of green flight. AirChina has always been committed to providing better flying space and wonderful travel experience for passengers. On Air China’s Boeing 777-300 ER, ultra-large First Class seats can accommodate 2 people having a meal at the same time; Business Class seats can become full-flat beds; Economy Class seats are designed based on ergonomic principles. First Class and Business Class passengers can have exclusive access to the Central Bar. All classes of service are outfitted with personal entertainment system, power outlets and barrier-free toilets. The mood lighting system can mimic wonderful moments in a day from sunrise to sunset. Boeing 777-300ER has become the preferred choice of business travelers, and is playing an important role in helping Air China expand its presence in the international market.

According to industry experts, Chinese airlines are renewing their fleet of long-range aircraft. With their state-of-the-art technologies and amenities, widebodies like Boeing 777-300 ER and Boeing 747-8 will become the leading types that will help Chinese airlines make inroads into long-haul international markets. In recent years, Air China has seen the number of widebodies delivered to it and the number of its international long-haul routes increasing rapidly, far ahead of the competition. By June 2014, Air China had a fleet of 512 aircraft of Boeing and Airbus families (including those operated by the companies Air China has a stake in). These aircraft are 6.22 years old on average. AirChina has the youngest fleet in China and a reasonable fleet structure featuring both long-range and medium-range aircraft. New aircraft additions will help further extend Air China’s route network.

It is reported in October, Air China’s newly delivered Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental widebody will be put into service. It is anticipated that by the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan, Air China’s fleet (including the aircraft of the companies in which Air China has a stake in) will have reached about 665 aircraft. In the future, Air China will continue to introduce highly efficient, well-performing widebodies like Boeing 787-9 and Airbus 350. By the end of 2015, Air China will have received the delivery of 7 Boeing 747-8s, offering passengers pleasant travel experiences. At present, Air China has become an airline that offers services 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. It operates 323 passenger routes, serving 162 cities in 32 countries (regions). Relying on the route network of the Star Alliance, Air China can fly passengers to 1328 destinations in 195 countries.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 777-39L ER B-2006 (msn 44931) is decorated in a special “Love China” motif and is pictured after its first flight on September 16, 2014. B-2006 is the last of an initial order of 20 stretched Triple Sevens. B-2006 was handed over on Friday, September 26.

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American Airlines’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes shape at Paine Field, Everett

American first 787-8 final assembly (American)(LR)

American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (N800AN, msn 40618) is now being assembled at Boeing’s Paine Field facility near Everett, Washington. The company has issued the above photo of the mid section of the fuselage being attached to the wings. The first 787 should be rolled out of the assembly plant in the first week of October. The second 787-8 will be entering final assembly around September 26.

The airline will take delivery of its first 787-8 in December. The first 787-8 is scheduled to enter revenue service in early 2015 initially on domestic routes.

American has 42 Boeing 787s on order including 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s, with 58 options. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of two 787s this year, 11 in 2015, 13 in 2016 and nine in 2017.

American will replace some of its older Boeing 767-300s with the new 787s.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines. The first 787 takes shape in Position 1A at Paine Field, Everett, where the mid-body and the wings were joined.

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Qatar Airways Cargo to expand to Brussels and Shanghai

Qatar Airways Cargo (Qatar Airways) (Doha) is set to continue its expansion with the launch of two new freighter destinations, Brussels in Belgium and Shanghai in China.

Brussels will be served four times weekly by the Airbus A330F freighter, effective on October 1. The freighter will fly via Entebbe to Brussels on Wednesdays and Sundays and via Nairobi to Brussels on Mondays and Fridays.

A three-times weekly nonstop Boeing 777 freighter service will operate on the Doha-Shanghai-Doha route, effective October 2.

In addition, with effect from October 1, an additional Boeing 777 freighter frequency will be added on the Doha – Hong Kong route, bringing up the weekly frequencies to 14.

Qatar Airways Cargo completed the transition from a manually handled cargo environment to a fully automated cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport when it moved to the new state-of-the-art facility. The brand new cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport offers the very latest technology and five-star service to customers around the globe.

Previously Qatar Airways signed a Letter of Intent for four additional Boeing 777Fs.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFE (msn 39644) taxies at Paine Field near Everett.

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Garuda Indonesia extends the Jakarta-Amsterdam route to London Gatwick today

Garuda Indonesia Airways (Jakarta) is extending its presence in Europe by launching a new service from Jakarta to London (Gatwick) via Amsterdam today (September 8), as part of the airline’s transformation program “The Quantum Leap 2011-2015″. London serves as the airline’s second gateway in the region after Amsterdam. By launching the five times weekly service to London, Garuda Indonesia is now able to provide the first direct link between Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

Therefore, starting today, the Jakarta – Amsterdam – Jakarta flight changed to become Jakarta – Amsterdam – London (Gatwick) – Amsterdam – Jakarta.

The schedule for Jakarta – Amsterdam – London is as follows (all times local):

Flight No Origin Destination Departure / Arrival Days of Operation

GA088 Jakarta Amsterdam 00.40 LT – 09.40 LT Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
Amsterdam London 11.45 LT – 11.50 LT Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

GA089 London Amsterdam 13.10 LT – 15.15 LT Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
Amsterdam Jakarta 17.00 LT – 11.40 LT* Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

*(+1 day)

The new service will be operated by Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft capable of carrying 314 passengers, in a three-class cabin configuration featuring its globally praised First Class, brand new business class service concept, and the world’s best economy class (Skytrax Global Airline Awards 2013).

According to the airline, “the fleet is equipped with “Inflight Connectivity” facilities, including “WiFi Onboard” and “Live TV” services for passengers in all classes and a “chef on board” for “First Class” passengers. The “Inflight Connectivity” facilities enable passengers to remain connected to the internet and continue their business activities during the flight or simply access their favorite entertainment, such as live soccer games via the sports channel, and many other entertainment options.”

Following its entrance into the SkyTeam global airline alliance on March 2014, Garuda has decided to make Amsterdam, The Netherlands, its hub for Europe and beyond. In order to make this hub effective and most convenient for its customers, the airline started flying direct and nonstop between Jakarta and Amsterdam on May 30, 2014.

Garuda Indonesia joined SkyTeam global alliance as its 20th international member, and second Southeast Asia member.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3U3 ER PK-GIC (msn 40075) departs from Paine Field before it was handed over to the carrier.

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Royal Jordanian inaugurates Boeing 787 service, outlines planned routes

Royal Jordanian Airlines’ (Amman) first Boeing 787 had its inaugural flight on September 1 from its base at Queen Alia International Airport to London Heathrow, thus starting its regular operations.

Chairman of the Board/President & CEO Nasser Lozi wished the passengers an enjoyable journey on board the Dreamliner’s first flight from Jordan, and expressed RJ’s delight to have in its fleet the 787, an aircraft that has state-of-the-art features and high specifications.

He said the new addition to the fleet is the first of five that will join the RJ fleet during this year as part of the company’s strategic plan to modernize its long-range fleet of aircraft, replacing the currently operating Airbus A340s and A330s.

With this aircraft that was received on August 27, 2014, Royal Jordanian becomes only the second airline in the Middle East to operate the 787.

The passengers flying to London expressed their excitement to fly onboard the Dreamliner, being one of the most advanced airliners. They also valued Royal Jordanian’s keenness to offer passengers superb in-flight services.

Royal Jordanian is the first airline worldwide to take delivery of a Boeing 787 with the latest Thales in-Flight entertainment system called AVANT. The system offers passengers the next level of in-flight entertainment with 17” touchscreens in Crown and 10.6” touchscreens in Economy Class.

The 787 will provide Royal Jordanian with unrivaled fuel efficiency, using 20 per cent less fuel than today’s similarly sized airplanes. RJ chose to configure its Dreamliner to carry 24 passengers in business class and 246 in economy.

Customers in all classes will experience an improved cabin environment featuring LED mood lighting, larger windows, bigger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems and reduced noise levels among other features.

Besides, London Heathrow, Royal Jordanian is introducing the new type to Chicago (O’Hare) (staring November 30), Detroit (starting December 1), Dubai (staring October 29), Montreal (starting December 1) and New York (JFK) (starting December 2).

Effective October 26 the company will also fly the new type to Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. The first, Boeing 787-8 JY-BAA (msn 37983) is pictured being prepared at Paine Field before the hand over.

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Xiamen Air takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Xiamen Airlines (Xiamen Air) (Xiamen) yesterday (August 29) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner.

With the delivery of its first 787-8, Xiamen Airlines becomes the third Chinese airline to operate the 787. The airline will use the 787 on long-haul routes from its Fujian province base to Europe, North America and Australia.

Formed in 1984 as China’s first joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and a municipal government, Xiamen Airlines started services in 1985 with two Boeing 737-200s serving three cities. The carrier has grown into China’s sixth largest airline serving 218 domestic routes and 26 international and regional routes.

As part of Xiamen Airlines’ 12th five-year plan ending 2015, the carrier plans to grow its fleet to 150 airplanes, including six 787s. The 787 is the most advanced airplane in commercial aviation and will help Xiamen Airlines develop more point-to-point routes globally, while also establishing the airline as an emerging force in the commercial aviation market.

To support Xiamen Airlines’ 787, Boeing will provide a comprehensive suite of support and services that includes flight training, Airplane Health Management, electronic charts and navigation data, and Maintenance Performance Toolbox through its Commercial Aviation Services business.

Xiamen Airlines is China’s only all-Boeing carrier. In November 2013, the airline took delivery of its 100th Boeing airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800. Xiamen Airlines has a total of six 787s on order.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 B-2768 (msn 41538) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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Silk Way Airlines takes delivery of its first two Boeing 747-800F freighters

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Silk Way Airlines (Baku, Azerbaijan) today (August 28) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s two 747-83QF freighters. The first airplane (4K-SW881, msn 44444) was delivered last week and the second airplane (4K-SW882, msn 44937) was delivered today (August 28).

To date, Boeing has delivered 49 747-8 Freighters.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVC (4K-SW882) lands after a test flight at Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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China Eastern to unveil a new “color” scheme on its first Boeing 777-300 ER

Airline color schemes (also known as airline liveries) have been getting simpler (i.e. cheaper to maintain) for several years. It started with the “Europe White” style which removed the traditional fuselage cheat line and replaced it with a basic (boring) white fuselage with a tail design (less area to maintain).

Unless there is more to come, apparently China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) will join this growing trend and has taken it a step further. The airline will only have its traditional fuselage titles and a simple (less colorful) tail logo. The traditional China Eastern cheat line will be retired adding to a growing list of airlines that have joined this club.

The new livery is seen for the first time on newly painted Boeing 777-39P ER B-2001 (msn 43269) (above) pictured arriving at Paine Field after being painted at Victorville, CA. B-2001 is the first Boeing 777-300 ER for the carrier and the airline felt it needed a new look for this new chapter in its history. It will replace the more colorful 1988 color scheme (below).

China Eastern will take delivery of its first 777-300 ER in late September and has 20 on order. It will become the third stretched Triple Seven operator in China following Air China and China Southern Airlines.

China Eastern is planning to introduce the new type on the Shanghai (Hongqiao) – Beijing route starting on September 30 pending delivery.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-89P B-5086 (msn 32800) at Beijing displays the 1988 color scheme.

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Royal Jordanian takes delivery of the first Boeing 787

Royal Jordanian Airlines (Amman) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) yesterday (August 26) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane will play a central role in the Amman-based airline’s strategic plan for fleet modernization. Royal Jordanian acquired this airplane through leasing company AerCap.

With this delivery, Royal Jordanian becomes only the second airline in the Middle East to operate the 787.

The airline will configure its Dreamliner to carry 24 passengers in business class and 246 in economy class.

To support Royal Jordanian’s Dreamliners, Boeing is providing a comprehensive suite of support and services through its Commercial Aviation Services business. Royal Jordanian has received flight and maintenance training and will be using Airplane Health Management, a diagnostic and predictive capability that evaluates airplane operations data while airplanes are in flight and notifies ground crews of potential maintenance issues; a Rotable Exchange Program that provides a dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical parts and manages inventory at a reduced cost; and Maintenance Performance Toolbox, a digital real-time-information tool that enables quick resolution of airplane maintenance issues.

Royal Jordanian currently flies a network of over 50 global destinations and plans to deploy the Dreamliner on services to North American destinations as well as to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

To date, more than 180 Dreamliners have been delivered to 20 customers worldwide.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JY-BAA (msn 37983) lands at Paine Field on a test flight.

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LAN Airlines continues to expand Boeing 787 operations

LAN Airlines (Santiago) continues to expand its 247-seat Boeing 787 operations. As previously reported, daily Santiago-Miami service was inaugurated on August 9 as well as weekly 787 flights to Cancun and Punta Cana also on August 9.

Santiago-Mexico City 787 service will start now on December 11 (delayed from November 15) on alternating days.

Santiago-Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) flights start on October 1 (three days a week) and daily starting in November).

Finally daily Santiago-Los Angeles service starts on October 1.

The company continues to operate the 787 to Buenos Aires, Madrid and Frankfurt as well as New York (JFK).

In financial news, the LATAM Airlines Group reported a net loss of $58.9 million for the second quarter, reduced from a net loss of $329.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. According to the group, “results this quarter were negatively affected by reduced passenger and cargo demand during the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament held in Brazil, as well as by very week seed exports in the cargo business.”

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 CC-BBB (msn 38466) taxies at Paine Field near Everett before the hand over to the carrier.

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China Southern Airlines launches nonstop Guangzhou-New York service

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) on August 6 launched nonstop 309-seat Boeing 777-300 ER service to New York (JFK), its first route to the U.S. East Coast. It is also the longest nonstop flight for the country of China.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 777-31B ER B-2007 (msn 43221) prepares to depart from Paine Field near Everett.

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Air New Zealand to operate its first Boeing 787 revenue flight on August 9

Air New Zealand (Auckland) will launch its first Boeing 787-9 revenue flight on August 9 between Auckland and Sydney operating as flights NZ 103 and NZ 104. ANZ plans to begin long-haul Boeing 787-9 service on the Auckland-Perth route on October 15.

Air New Zealand 787-9 Cabin (ANZ)(LR)

Top Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZE (msn 34334) departs from Paine Field near Everett.

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Thai takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Thai Airways International (Bangkok) yesterday (July 17) took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.  The pictured HS-TQA (msn 35315) departed Seattle on its delivery flight.

The airline issued this statement:

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited announced that its first 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft departed from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center in Seattle, Washington, on a nonstop, 15-hour flight to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand.

ACM Siwakiat Jayema, Acting President of Thai Airways International said, “As the national airline, the addition of the 787 to our fleet is a major milestone for Thai and Thailand. Boeing and AerCap have provided an airplane that is perfect for Thai and our passengers.” The 787-8 is the first of eight Dreamliners that Thai will lease from AerCap (six 787-8 set for delivery between 2014-2015, and two 787-9 for delivery in 2017).

Thai’s 787 Dreamliner is configured with 24 lie-flat seats in Royal Silk Class and 240 seats in Economy Class. The 787-8 is a mid-size aircraft that can fly longer distances and offer great fuel efficiency, complete with the interior environment that has been designed to make passenger travel comfortable and convenient.

Thai’s Boeing 787-8 aircraft is equipped with the next-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-AE engines. The culmination of advanced aerodynamics, and lightweight structures contribute to 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as less “roar” around airport boundaries and airport communities.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. HS-TQA lands at Paine Field before the handover.

Thai Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Thai Airways International.

Thai 787 Dreamliner Welcome (Thai)(LRW)

Air New Zealand takes delivery of the first Boeing 787-9

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) celebrated the first 787-9 Dreamliner delivery yesterday (July 8) with launch customer Air New Zealand (Auckland). About 1,000 Boeing employees representing the 787 program joined Air New Zealand executives and guests at a unique celebration of this milestone event (below, Boeing).

ANZ Air New Zealand Employee Delivery Event; K66165

“We are proud to be the launch customer for the 787-9,” said Air New Zealand Chief Financial Officer Rob McDonald. “We believe it will be a game-changer for Air New Zealand, with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. We look forward to inviting our customers on board to experience the aircraft and all of its benefits for themselves.”

Air New Zealand’s Rolls-Royce powered 787-9 is part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort. This 787-9, painted in a unique black livery, is the first of 10 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealand’s fleet. The airline said the airplane will operate the Auckland–Perth route in October 2014 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai in November 2014.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 409 787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Boeing). Boeing 787-9 N1012N landing at Paine Field near Everett became ZK-NZE (msn 34334) when it was handed over on July 8.

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Air New Zealand: AG Slide Show

Videos: The building and delivery of the first ANZ 787-9:

Video: The Seattle event:

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Boeing reaches a milestone with the 747, delivers the 1,500th 747 built to Lufthansa

 

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) has delivered the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line to Lufthansa (Frankfurt). The milestone airplane is a 747-8 Intercontinental, the 14th one that Lufthansa will incorporate into its long-haul fleet.

“Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to the capabilities of the airplane and our commitment to continuous innovation,” said Eric Lindblad, 747 vice president and general manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The new 747-8 is delivering on its promise to our customers, and we continue to look at ways to make it even more efficient in the future.”

The 747 is the first widebody airplane in history to reach the 1,500 milestone. Its iconic shape makes it instantly recognizable, and passengers have consistently voted it their favorite airplane to fly.

At a delivery ceremony yesterday (June 28), a special logo commemorating the 1,500th airplane was revealed for the first time on the pictured 747-830 D-ABYP (msn 37839).

“Lufthansa is honored that the 1,500th 747 will fly with the Lufthansa livery,” said Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. “Lufthansa is an important partner and a valued advisor in developing new commercial airplanes with exceptional economical and ecological performance such as the 747-8. The commemorative logo will be a reminder of our relationship with Boeing, now and into the future.”

Lufthansa is the launch customer of the 747-8 Intercontinental and took delivery of its first airplane in April 2012. The airline has 19 747-8 Intercontinentals on order.

The first Boeing 747-100 entered revenue service on January 22, 1970 with Pan Am on the New York–London route.

Lufthansa German Airlines on March 10, 1970 became the first European airline to take delivery of the Boeing 747-100. The first LH 747, 747-130 D-ABYA (msn 19746), was accepted on this historic day. The Jumbo was introduced into revenue service between Frankfurt and New York (JFK) on April 26, 1970. LH has operated a variant of the 747 for over 44 years.

Lufthansa also issued this statement:

Lufthansa’s 14th Boeing 747-8 landed in Frankfurt on Sunday, June 29, at 9.17 a.m. as scheduled. As well as being the 76th Jumbo that Lufthansa has received from the American manufacturer Boeing in Seattle since the 1970s, the aircraft also represents a veritable milestone in aviation history. This aircraft, whose tail number is D-ABYP (“Yankee Papa”), is the 1,500th Jumbo to be built in the world.

‘It’s an honor for Lufthansa that the anniversary Jumbo will fly in the colors of the Lufthansa crane,’ said Nico Buchholz, Head of Group Fleet Management at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. ‘For decades, Lufthansa has been one of the aircraft manufacturer’s closest advisers – a pioneer when it comes to developing new, environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient aircraft,’ added Buchholz at the handover in Seattle. Lufthansa is expecting to receive a total of 19 aircraft of this type, and will therefore be the world’s largest operator of 747-8s among passenger airlines.

The “Dash 8”, as it is also known, has plenty to offer. By using the latest Jumbo, Lufthansa is taking a further step towards having a “three-liter fleet” (per passenger and 100 kilometers). The aircraft is 15 percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor model and, as a result, its CO2 emissions are around 15 percent lower. The noise footprint of the Boeing 747-8 is 30 percent smaller compared with the older Boeing 747-400. What started as the first training flight with the new Boeing 747 over the mountains east of Seattle in October 1969 went on to become an icon of the Lufthansa fleet, and, indeed, of commercial aviation as a whole.

On March 9, 1970, the then Lufthansa CEO Herbert Culmann took delivery of the first Lufthansa Boeing 747-130 in front of the factory in Everett. The aircraft’s production number was 12 and its Lufthansa registration was D-ABYA. Lufthansa thereby became the second international airline, after Pan Am, and the first European carrier to deploy the Jumbo on scheduled services. The aircraft was host to several major world premières in succession, including the first film shown on board a Jumbo jet. Only twenty months after the maiden flight of the Boeing 747-130, the fourth Lufthansa Jumbo took off on April 2, 1971 as a modified model. Boeing had equipped the 747-200 with larger fuel tanks and a higher take-off weight of 378 tons. This meant that the aircraft had a longer range. Originally intended as a military aircraft, the Jumbo’s career was not limited to carrying passengers. On April 10, 1972, Lufthansa received the world’s first “smiling” Boeing as the launch customer of the cargo version, the Boeing 747-230F. The nose of the aircraft could be opened horizontally, making it possible to load even bulk goods without any problem. On April 19, 1972, the world’s first cargo Jumbo took off, bearing the tail number D-ABYE. This quickly catapulted Lufthansa to number one in airfreight transport.

‘A step towards the 1990s’ is how Lufthansa CEO Heinz Ruhnau described the purchase agreement signed on June 23, 1986 for an initial order of six enhanced Boeing aircraft. Lufthansa had already been involved in the planning of the Boeing 747-100. However, as the first airline to order the “Dash 400” (Boeing 747-400), it now played a key part in the development of the new aircraft, providing many hundreds of suggestions for improvements and more than 20,000 engineer hours. With this aircraft, the modern, digitalized two-man cockpit that Jürgen Weber, the man responsible for aircraft development at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg at the time and later Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa AG, and Reinhard Abraham, the former Chief Technical Officer of the Lufthansa Group, had worked to achieve became a reality. Upwards-pointing winglets, new and more economical engines, new materials such as composite materials and aluminium alloys: all of these innovations helped to cut fuel consumption by 24 percent compared with the -200 series.

On 23 May 1989, Lufthansa received the first enhanced Super Jumbo with tail number D-ABVA. The aircraft could cover almost 13,000 kilometers in 16 hours and thus reach nearly every destination in the world. As the new millennium started, the idea was put forth to develop an enhanced version of the Boeing 747-400. And so not only was the Jumbo extended by 5.6 meters, it was also totally redeveloped, including a new wing design and new engines. On May 2, 2012, Lufthansa became the first passenger airline in the world to receive a Boeing 747-8.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-830 D-ABYP with the special “1500th” emblem prepares to depart from Paine Field near Everett yesterday (June 28) on its delivery flight to Frankfurt.

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United Airlines to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 domestically on September 20

United Airlines (Chicago) will initially operate its new stretched Boeing 787-9 on the domestic Los Angeles – Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Los Angeles route from September 20 through October 25 per Airline Route. The new type will then be assigned to international routes from Los Angeles.

As previously reported, United will introduce nonstop flights between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and Melbourne, Australia, effective on October 26, 2014 (westbound). The airline will fly the route six times weekly with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. United is the North American launch customer for the 787-9, and this will be its first international deployment of the aircraft type.

United previously announced its second route for the 787-9. UA will introduce the new stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Los Angeles-Shanghai (Pudong) route on March 5, 2015, initially with four weekly flights (daily by May 8, 2015).

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. An aerial view at the Boeing’s flight line at Paine Field, Everett of the first United Airlines Boeing 787-9, registered as N38950 (msn 36401).

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United announces its second international route for the new Boeing 787-9

United Airlines (Chicago) previously announced that it will fly the new Boeing 787-9 on international nonstop service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and Melbourne, Australia, beginning in October. The airline will fly the route six times weekly with the aircraft. United will be the first North American carrier to take delivery of the stretched 787-9.

United has completed the final cabin configuration and painting. The 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space. The first 787-9 will also be one of five aircraft used by Boeing in a flight test program to certify the aircraft.

United 787-9 Seating Plan (LRW)

United has now announced its second route for the 787-9. UA will introduce the new stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Los Angeles-Shanghai (Pudong) on March 5, 2015, initially with four weekly flights (daily by May 8, 2015).

In other news, United Airlines has announced that dispatchers, represented by the Professional Airline Flight Control Association (PAFCA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), have ratified a new joint labor agreement for all United Airlines dispatchers. The agreement covers more than 330 United dispatchers.

United has achieved joint collective bargaining agreements with a majority of the company’s represented work force, including pilots, fleet service, passenger service, reservations and storekeeper workgroups.

The company is starting an expedited negotiations process with the Association of Flight Attendants and expects to enter back into negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing United’s technicians, soon.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. An aerial view at the Boeing’s flight line at Paine Field, Everett of the first United Airlines Boeing 787-9, registered as N38950 (msn 36401).

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Video: A tour of the initial Boeing 787-8:

 

Arke takes delivery of its first Boeing 787, PH-TFK arrives in Amsterdam

787-8 BRI #182-ZA334

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Arke (formerly Arkefly) (Amsterdam) today celebrated the arrival of the airline’s first 787-8 Dreamliner at the Dutch carrier’s base at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The pictured 787-8 PH-TFK (msn 36427) departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington on Wednesday (June 4) on its delivery flight to the Netherlands. Arke is part of TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in the world.

Arke will use the 787 on its service between Amsterdam and the islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. The airplane is the first of three Dreamliners to join the carrier’s all-Boeing fleet that also includes Next-Generation 737s and 767-300 ERs (Extended Range). TUI Travel has ordered a total of 15 787-8s, of which six have been delivered and are currently in operation with three of the six airlines it operates; Thomson Airways, Jetairfly and now Arke.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Arkefly: AG Slide Show

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