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Boeing to cut the 747-8 production rate to only one aircraft per month

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced it will cut the 747-8 Intercontinental production rate by 23 percent from 1.3 aircraft to only one aircraft starting in March 2016 according to Reuters quoting Boeing sources. The company is currently building 1.5 aircraft per month and this was planned to be reduced to 1.3 in September despite a recent order by the Volga-Dnepr Group.

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Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Lufthansa has always been a keen supporter of the 747 and pushed Boeing for the updated 747-8 model. Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-830 D-ABYT (msn 37844) in the 1968 retro scheme lands at Paine Field near Everett.

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Thai and Boeing celebrate the 25th Boeing 777-300 ER direct delivery

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (Bangkok) celebrated the Thailand flag carrier’s 25th direct 777 delivery, a 777-300 ER (Extended Range) (HS-TKY), from the Boeing delivery center in Everett, Washington.

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Thai has operated nearly every model of the 777 over the last two decades and also currently operates five 787 Dreamliners. Thai Cargo was the first carrier in Southeast Asia to utilize the 777 Freighter and in January the two companies celebrated the airline’s 75th direct delivery from Boeing.

 

The Bangkok-based airline has one additional 777-300 ER on order.

Photo Above. Boeing. The pictured Boeing 777-3D7 ER HS-TKY (msn 42114) was handed over on June 23 and airliner is pictured departing Paine Field on the same day bound for Bangkok.

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Japan Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The pictured 787-9 JA861J (msn 35422) was handed over by Boeing to the carrier on May 14 but it did not arrive at the Narita International Airport base until June 11 according to our partner ZipanguFlyer. The jetliner seats 195 in a three-class layout with 44 Sky Suite (business), 35 Sky Premium (premium economy), and 116 Sky Wider II (economy) seats. The new type is expected to enter revenue service on the Tokyo (Narita) – Jakarta (Soukarno-Hatta) route on July 1.

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Vietnam Airlines first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to be on display at the Paris Air Show

Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) will soon take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (above) from Boeing. The flag carrier will also soon take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 from Airbus. Both new types have now been painted by the respective manufacturers.

Vietnam Airlines and Boeing have announced the first 787 will be on display at the Paris Air Show. Will Airbus counter with the first Vietnam Airlines A350-900?

Vietnam Airlines has issued this statement:

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Vietnam Airlines and Boeing have confirmed that the first of the national carrier’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will make its very first public appearance in the flying display at the Paris Air Show, which runs from  June 15-21, 2015. Resplendent in its fully painted new livery, with the golden lotus – Vietnam’s national flower – taking pride of place, Vietnam Airlines’ new Dreamliner will make its debut in public by performing its first ever demonstration flights at one of the world’s biggest air shows.

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This year marks the 51st edition of the Paris Air Show, celebrating more than 100 years since the first world aviation exhibition in Paris. Vietnam Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be on static display, and perform daily demonstration flights, on June 15, 16, 17 and 18.

Boeing will also hold a series of briefings for the news media during the show. Accredited members of the media should check the daily briefing and announcement schedule at the Media Centre and the Boeing media chalet, located in chalet row A324 for updates.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the latest extension to Boeing’s super-efficient 787 family. The new aircraft can fly farther, and with more passengers and more cargo, than the Boeing 787-8 – but with the same exceptional environmental performance: 20 percent less fuel usage and 20 percent fewer emissions than the aircraft it will replace. The new aircraft will feature fully flat beds in Business Class, with in-flight WiFi services also set to be introduced. Passengers will also benefit from larger windows and stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity and cleaner air, lower cabin pressure and a smoother, quieter ride.

As it rolls out a major fleet upgrade including a total of 19 Boeing 787s and 14 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, Vietnam Airlines will become the first Asian airline to operate both Boeing and Airbus’ modern next-generation aircraft at the same time. The SkyTeam member will also be the first airline to operate the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nonstop between Southeast Asia and Europe, with Heathrow becoming the first international destination on the Vietnam Airlines network to be served by the new aircraft. Frequencies will rise from four flights to five or six flights per week between Heathrow and Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City following the deployment of the Dreamliners, before increasing to a daily service for Summer 2016.

Previously scheduled to start on  June 29, the new 787-9 Dreamliner will now enter revenue service on the Hanoi-London (Heathrow) route starting on August 2 per Airline Route. The planned Boeing 787-9 service on the Ho Chi Minh – London (Heathrow) route remains unchanged from August 1.

Vietnam Airlines will also introduce its brand new livery, corporate identity and brand image to coincide with the introduction of its new fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. The first, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VN-A861 (msn 35151) arrives back at Paine Field after a test flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Meanwhile Airbus has painted and is testing the first A350-900 XWB for Vietnam Airlines. The pictured A350-941 F-WZFI (msn 014) will become VN-A886 when it is handed over later this year.

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ANA introduces the Boeing 787-9 on its first international route

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ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) on May 5 inaugurated its first long-haul configured Boeing 787-9 on the Tokyo (Haneda) – Munich route. Flight NH 217 was operated by JA836A, ANA’s third delivery of the stretched Dreamliner according to our partner ZipanguFlyer. Jakarta will be added in May.

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Copyright Photo below: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA833A (msn 34524) lands at Paine Field.

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Cathay Pacific takes delivery of its 50th Boeing 777-300 ER

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) celebrated yesterday (April 30) the delivery of the airline’s 50th 777-300 ER (Extended Range). With this delivery, Cathay Pacific will have 67 Boeing 777s in operation, which also includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. Cathay Pacific is slated to receive three more 777-300 ERs this year and is one of the launch customers for the new Boeing 777X with 21 777-9X airplanes on order.

The 777-300 ER will receive further improvements in 2016 designed to reduce fuel use by two percent.

Cathay Pacific group operates flights to nearly 100 destinations worldwide with its own fleet of more than 200 aircraft. In North America, the airline currently operates some 100 passenger flights a week to New York (JFK), Newark Liberty, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver. The airline will begin a four-times-weekly service to and from Boston and Hong Kong on May 2 this year. Cathay Pacific Cargo serves 13 cities across the Americas using the latest 747-8 freighter fleet.

Photo: Boeing. Pictured at Paine Field for the delivery ceremony, Boeing 777-367 ER B-KQX (msn 60725) also carries special “Our 50th 777-300ER” markings by the nose.

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Boeing reports first quarter GAAP net earnings of $1.3 billion

The Boeing Company (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) reported first quarter revenue increased 8 percent to $22.1 billion on higher commercial deliveries. Core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 12 percent to $1.97, reflecting strong performance across the company, and GAAP earnings per share was $1.87. The Company reaffirmed its 2015 financial and deliveries guidance.

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Boeing 1Q15 Financial Results

Operating cash flow in the quarter was $0.1 billion, reflecting timing of receipts and expenditures, commercial airplane production rates and strong operating performance (Table 2). During the quarter, the company repurchased 17 million shares for $2.5 billion, leaving $9.5 billion remaining under the current repurchase authorization which is expected to be completed over approximately the next two to three years. The company also paid $0.6 billion in dividends in the quarter, reflecting an approximately 25 percent increase in dividends per share compared to the same period of the prior year.

Total company backlog at quarter-end was $495 billion, down from $502 billion at the beginning of the year, and included net orders for the quarter of $15 billion.

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Commercial Airplanes first-quarter revenue increased 21 percent to $15.4 billion on higher delivery volume and mix (Table 4). First-quarter operating margin was 10.5 percent, reflecting the dilutive impact of higher 787 deliveries.

During the quarter, Commercial Airplanes captured orders for 52 737 MAX airplanes. The 737 program has won over 2,700 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. Also during the quarter, the company opened a new Propulsion Systems facility at Boeing South Carolina that will initially support the 737 MAX and 777X, delivered the first Boeing South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliner and received 330-minute ETOPS certification on the 747-8 Intercontinental.

Commercial Airplanes booked 110 net orders during the quarter. Backlog remains strong with over 5,700 airplanes valued at $435 billion.

Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) first-quarter revenue was $2.7 billion, reflecting planned timing of deliveries and mix; operating margin was 9.5 percent. During the quarter, BMA was awarded contracts for 43 Apache helicopters.

Network & Space Systems (N&SS) first-quarter revenue was $1.7 billion, reflecting lower satellites and missile defense system program volume partially offset by higher volume on the Commercial Crew program. Operating margin increased to 9.6 percent on strong performance related to our United Launch Alliance joint venture. During the quarter, the first two all-electric Boeing 702SP satellites were launched on a single rocket.

Global Services & Support (GS&S) first-quarter revenue was $2.2 billion, reflecting slightly lower volume in integrated logistics. Operating margin increased to 14.1 percent on strong operating performance and program mix. During the quarter, GS&S was awarded a combat logistics support agreement with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.

Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-8JK Intercontinental N6067E (msn 38636) taxies at Paine Field near Everett. How long will Boeing continue to build the iconic Boeing 747? Relive the past with our Boeing 747 slide shows below.

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