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QANTAS’ first Boeing 787 will arrive in Sydney on October 20

QANTAS Airways has unveiled its first Boeing Dreamliner, the game-changing aircraft that will open up new routes and new levels of comfort for travellers.

The latest addition to the QANTAS fleet, the 787-9 Dreamliner features next generation seating in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class (below), with more space and a lower passenger count than most of its competitors.

Other Dreamliner features include larger windows to create a greater sense of space, better air quality to help reduce jetlag and ride dampening technology to minimise the effects of turbulence. It is also quieter, more fuel efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than similarly-sized aircraft.

At a ceremony at the Boeing factory in Seattle, QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the first Dreamliner signaled the start of an exciting new era for the national carrier and for the travelling public.

“The Dreamliner makes routes like Perth to London possible, which will be the first direct air link Australia has ever had with Europe. And it means other potential routes are now on the drawing board as well.

“There are lots of elements that combine to make the QANTAS Dreamliner special. The seats, the lighting, the entertainment, personal storage, right through to the special crockery, cutlery and glassware that weighs on average 11 per cent less.

“We’re working with sleep specialists, dieticians and other scientists at the University of Sydney to see how adjustments to our inflight service can improve wellbeing and help people adjust to new timezones,” added Mr Joyce.

The interiors of the aircraft and seating were shaped by Australian industrial designer David Caon who has collaborated with QANTAS on cabin upgrades and its lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong.

A total of eight Dreamliners will be delivered to QANTAS by the end of 2018, enabling the retirement of five of the airline’s 747s (below).

QANTAS Airways Boeing 747-438 VH-OJL (msn 25151) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921533.

Above Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 747-438 VH-OJL (msn 25151) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921533.

Two Dreamliner routes have been announced so far – Melbourne to Los Angeles starting in December this year and Perth to London starting in March next year. Additional flights from Brisbane have also been flagged.

The name ‘Great Southern Land’ was chosen for the first aircraft out of 45,000 suggestions from the travelling public. Each Dreamliner will be named after something that is uniquely Australian, including animals, places and literature.

As part of the aircraft unveiling in Seattle, Australian band, Icehouse, performed its anthemic 1982 song Great Southern Land, the inspiration for which came to singer and songwriter, Iva Davies, as his Qantas flight crossed the country’s red centre.

The Dreamliner is painted in QANTAS’ updated livery, first revealed in late 2016 in preparation for new aircraft entering the fleet and the airline’s centenary in 2020. This marks only the fifth time the iconic Flying Kangaroo has been updated, with those updates traditionally coinciding with the introduction of a significant new aircraft type.

The Dreamliner, registered as VH-ZNA, is scheduled to land in Sydney on the morning of  October 20, 2017 after it performs a flyover of Sydney Harbour, weather and air traffic control permitting.

All photos by QANTAS Airways except the Boeing 747.

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Air France celebrates 80 years of flying to Bamako with a Boeing 787 upgrade

Delivered on December 1, 2016

Starting on October 8, 2017 Air France will serve Bamako daily by Boeing 787 equipped with the latest travel cabins. In 1937, Air France flew from Paris to Bamako for the first time. The company is celebrating the route’s 80th anniversary.

FLIGHT SCHEDULES OPERATED BY BOEING 787 FROM 8 OCTOBER TO 29 OCTOBER (IN LOCAL TIME)

AF520: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:00, arrives in Bamako at 13:45;
AF521: leaves Bamako at 22:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 05:50 the following day.
Daily flights.

FLIGHT SCHEDULES OPERATED BY BOEING 787 AS FROM 29 OCTOBER (IN LOCAL TIME)

AF520: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 09:55, arrives in Bamako at 14:35;
AF521: leaves Bamako at 22:55, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 05h30 the following day.
Daily flights.

The Dreamliner offers 276 seats including 30 in the Business cabin, 21 in Premium Economy and 225 in Economy.

THE LATEST INNOVATIONS ON BOARD THE BOEING 787

On its Paris-Charles de Gaulle-Bamako route, Air France is introducing the latest aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 787. For customers, this aircraft provides a number of assets:

  • on-board Wi-Fi adapted to the needs of customers (from 20MB to 200MB for a price varying between €5 and €30);
  • more comfort and space with the new Premium Economy seats;
  • windows that are approximately 30% larger than on similar aircraft;
  • improved air pressure and humidity levels for greater travel comfort;
  • 20% less fuel consumption than previous generation aircraft providing a significant reduction in CO2 emissions as well as noise emissions.

PERSONALIZED SERVICES ON ROUTES TO AFRICA

Air France offers customers on its African routes tailor-made services. As soon as they arrive at the airport, customers can enjoy exclusive services such as:

  • dedicated staff to help Air France customers with check-in and with their connections between flights;
  • a larger baggage allowance to most African destinations:

-La Première: 3 bags each weighing up to 32 kg
-Business: 2 bags each weighing up to 32 kg
-Premium Economy: 2 bags each weighing up to 23 kg
-Economy: 2 bags each weighing up to 23 kg

  • a tasty catering offer based on typical products such as ginger juice and chili pepper on its African routes;
  • a SkyTeam alliance Go Africa pass, which enables customers to make savings and enjoy greater flexibility on flights operated by one of SkyTeam’s 20 member airlines, as part of an intercontinental round trip to Africa or a Go Round the World ticket.

PARIS – BAMAKO: A LEGENDARY ROUTE

In 1933, when Air France was created, Bamako was absent from its African network. After the launch of flights to Dakar in 1936, all eyes were turned towards Mali.

In 1937, Air France launched its twice-weekly Paris-Dakar route with an extension to Bamako. Passengers arrived in Dakar from France by Dewoitine 333 and continued their journey to Bamako by Wibault 282.

In the 1950s, Bamako was linked to Orly via Casablanca without stopping off in Dakar by DC-4 and then by Constellation. At the time, it took 15 hours to fly to the rapidly expanding city.

Today, the city, and its 2 million inhabitants, has become one of Air France’s main gateways in West Africa.

Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LYS (Ton Jochems). Image: 938520.

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Boeing’s Dreamliner surpasses one million flights

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789EX (msn 41988) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 913660.

In less than six years of service, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family has already surpassed 1 million passenger flights, faster than any twin-aisle jet. Connecting the world with over 150 new nonstop routes, the Dreamliner family has flown more than 190 million passengers while saving 18 billion pounds of fuel since its first delivery in September 2011.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789EX (msn 41988) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 913660.

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Boeing and Malaysia Airlines sign Memorandum of Understanding for 16 Airplanes

Boeing and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (Malaysia Airlines) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 16 airplanes during a ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C.

The signing was witnessed by Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry and in the presence of The Honorable Dato’ Sri Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as members from the airline and Boeing.

The announcement includes eight 787-9 Dreamliners by converting eight of Malaysia Airlines’ existing order of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and eight additional purchase rights of the 737 MAX 8s as well as Boeing’s Global Fleet Care service to maintain the national carrier’s current and future Boeing airplanes. Once finalized, the deal will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

Malaysia Airlines currently operates more than 50 Next-Generation 737s and has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new 737 MAX 10.

Image: Boeing.

El Al takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The first El Al Boeing 787 Dreamliner, delivered on August 22, 2017, named "Ashdod"

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) on August 22, 2017 took delivery of its first of 16 new 282-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The new Dreamliners will eventually replace the aging Boeing 747-400s and 767-300s.

The new type will be introduced on September 12, 2017 on the Tel Aviv – London (Heathrow) route followed by Tel Aviv – Newark route on October 29, 2017.

Tel Aviv – Hong Kong service will follow on March 18, 2018.

The pictured 4X-EDA is named “Ashdod”.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing, El Al Israel Airlines and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) are celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on August 22, 2017.

El Al leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation.

The 787-9 touched down in Tel Aviv the following day following a nonstop, 6,746 mile (10,856 km.) delivery flight from Paine Field, adjacent to Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash.

 

El Al has been an all-Boeing carrier since taking delivery of its first new Boeing airplane in 1961 and currently operates a fleet of more than 40 airplanes including Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.

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Top Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4X-EDA (msn 63548) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939092. All other photos by El Al.

KLM welcomes its tenth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner named “Marguerite” (Margriet)

KLM’s Dreamliners are named for flowers or flowering plants, a typical Dutch export product, which suits KLM well. Other Boeing 787s have received names such as Zonnebloem (Sunflower), Anjer (Carnation), Dahlia, and Lavendel (Lavender). The ninth Dreamliner, delivered in July, bears the name Lelie (Lily).

More comfortable and eco-friendly

The Boeing 787 creates less noise, consumes les fuel, and gives off fewer carbon dioxide emissions. It brings us ever closer to our aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in 2020 compared to 2011. The Dreamliner is built mainly of carbon fibre composite which can be cut easily, so the manufacturing process creates less waste.

The aircraft also offers numerous advantages in terms of passenger comfort. The increased cabin air pressure helps passengers to arrive at their destination feeling well rested. Passengers who want to be online during their flight have access to WiFi.

Next Dreamliner expected in January 2018

KLM took receipt of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in November of 2015. In January 2018, we are expecting our eleventh Dreamliner.

Photos by Patrick Kop/KLM.

WestJet orders 10 firm Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners + 10 options

WestJet on May 2, 2017 announced a definitive purchase agreement with The Boeing Company for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This agreement includes commitments for 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021, with options for an additional 10 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2024. The airline also announced it has selected General Electric’s GEnx-1B engine for the 787.

As part of this purchase agreement, WestJet is converting 15 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX that were to be delivered between 2019 and 2021 to options available between 2022 and 2024.

On the financial side, WestJet also announced its 48th consecutive profitable quarter, with first quarter 2017 net earnings of $48.3 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), or $0.41 per diluted share. This compares with quarterly net earnings of $87.6 million, or $0.71 per diluted share reported in the first quarter of 2016. These first quarter 2017 results include a pre-tax non-cash adjustment to its maintenance provision of $18.5 million and irregular operations related costs of $7.0 million due to severe winter weather experienced in the quarter. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 10.0 per cent, compared with the 11.3 per cent reported in the previous quarter.

“We are pleased to report strong topline revenue growth and our first positive unit revenue (RASM) performance in eight quarters. We are seeing good results from Plus, our premium economy product, growth in our WestJet Rewards program and penetration into the business traveller segment all of which gives us confidence that RASM will continue to improve for the remainder of the year,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank our over 12,000 WestJetters for their continued dedication to safely providing our growing number of guests with WestJet’s award-winning brand of friendly caring service, especially given the challenging winter weather conditions we endured in the quarter.”

Image: WestJet.