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Ruili Airlines finalizes its order for six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Ruili 787-9 (Flt)(Boeing)(LRW)

Ruili Airlines and Boeing announced on July 13 at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow the finalization of an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.59 billion at current list prices. The order represents the first widebody order for the Yunnan-based carrier.

Ruili Airlines first announced an intent to order the six 787-9 Dreamliners in May at the ceremony for the airline’s two-year anniversary.

Established in February 2014, Ruili operates a fleet of nine 737 airplanes on 16 domestic routes with 46 daily departures. The start-up carrier plans to expand its fleet to 70 airplanes by the end of 2025.

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Boeing and Embraer unveil its newest E170 ecoDemonstrator aircraft

Boeing Embraer ERJ 170 EcoDemonstrator (Boeing)(LRW)

Boeing and Embraer S.A. unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program on July 7. The program expands Boeing and Embraer’s cooperation agreement and will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace.

An Embraer E170 will serve as the flying testbed and will feature advanced environmental technologies that will undergo operational testing in Brazil during August and September.

The ecoDemonstrator flights will test several technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions, fuel use and noise including

  • LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology using lasers to measure air data parameters such as true airspeed, angle of attack and outside air temperature. LIDAR shows potential to increase air data reliability by complementing current sensors, which could lead to further innovations that improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
  • An “ice phobic” paint designed to reduce icing and help prevent accumulation of dirt and bugs due to its low adhesive property. The special paint can help operators save water by reducing the need for frequent aircraft washing.
  • A new wing design with improved slats to reduce noise on takeoff and approach.
  • Special sensors and air visualization techniques near the wing surface to better understand in-flight aerodynamics. This analysis could lead to further innovations to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as new wing designs.
  • A Brazilian-produced biofuel blend made up of 10 percent bio-kerosene and 90 percent fossil kerosene, the maximum mixture according to international standards. Studies have shown that sustainably produced aviation biofuel emits 50 to 80 percent lower carbon emissions through its life cycle than fossil jet fuel.

The ecoDemonstrator tests illustrate Boeing and Embraer’s continued investments to improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance of aircraft and meet the new carbon emissions standard announced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) earlier this year.

The ecoDemonstrator collaboration expands a relationship that began in 2012 when Boeing and Embraer signed a cooperation agreement to benefit their customers, their companies and the global aviation industry. Since then, Boeing and Embraer have supported Embraer’s KC-390 defense aircraft program and improved runway safety by providing commercial customers with tools to reduce runway excursions. Last year Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

To date, the ecoDemonstrator program has tested more than 50 technologies, using a Next-Generation 737-800 (2012), 787 (2014) and 757 (2015) as flying testbeds.

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American Airlines announces the first Boeing 787-9 routes

 

American Airlines tail LHR (SPA). Image: 925894.

American Airlines will offer inaugural service with Premium Economy seating on its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 787-9 will make its debut international flight between Dallas/Forth Worth and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4, 2016. The aircraft will also operate between DFW and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) beginning November 4, 2016. Customers can start booking 787-9 flights beginning July 10.

Schedule: DFW-MAD MAD-DFW

Departs DFW at 5:45 p.m. Departs MAD at 12:20 p.m.
Arrives at MAD at 9:55 a.m. (next day) Arrives at DFW at 4:40 p.m.

DFW-GRU GRU-DFW

Departs DFW at 7:00 p.m. Departs GRU at 10:55 p.m.
Arrives at GRU at 7:05 a.m. (next day) Arrives at DFW at 5:15 a.m. (next day)

Aircraft Configuration

The 787-9 features:

30 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access Business Class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration
21 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration
27 Main Cabin Extra seats with up to 6 inches of additional leg room in a 3-3-3 configuration
207 Main Cabin seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration

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KLM introduces its orange Boeing 777-300 #OrangePride

KLM 777-300 PH-BVA (16-OrangePride)(Grd)(KLM)(LR)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on June 14, 2016 introduced its unique orange-colored Boeing 777-300 (777-306 ER PH-BVA, msn 35671). The well-known KLM Blue is being combined with orange highlights. The transition between the two colors features aspects of the Dutch flag. The combination emphasizes KLM’s Dutch roots and pride in the national color of the Netherlands.

The introduction of the special aircraft was partly prompted by a social media post KLM published on King’s Day 2015. At the time, KLM’s followers were presented with a picture of an orange aircraft, along with the question: “Should we color orange next year on King’s Day? #OrangeExperience”. 30,000 likes and 2,500 positive responses later, KLM rolls out its only orange aircraft on June 14.

KLM will deploy the orange Boeing 777 on routine flights within the network and, whenever possible, during events that offer opportunities to promote the Netherlands. The aircraft will debut this summer and will be in operation on the Rio de Janeiro-Amsterdam route during the Olympic Games. On 22 August, KLM will use its orange Boeing to operate the “Medal Flight” that brings the Dutch Olympic heroes home.

Painting procedure

335 liters of paint were used to spray the aircraft orange fading into KLM’s distinctive blue. Applying the colours in multiple, thin layers, requires less paint and the sustainable, chromate-free paint can be easily washed off. The colours of the Dutch flag have been incorporated in the transition between orange and blue, completing the aircraft’s Dutch image. It took a team of 35 people four days to spray on the orange livery.

More about the KLM Boeing 777-300

The KLM version of the Boeing 777-300 has a completely revamped interior, with full-flat seats in World Business Class and more legroom in Economy Class, ensuring greater comfort for passengers. In addition, the inflight entertainment system has been fully renewed and adapted throughout the cabin. By the end of this year, KLM will have replaced more than 80% of its intercontinental aircraft cabin interiors.

Photo: KLM.

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Air China takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air China and Boeing officially unveiled the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a grand ceremony in Beijing on May 25, 2016. The national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to have a 787-9 enter into service.

The pictured B-7877 (msn 34305) was officially handed over to the carrier on May 19, 2016 at the North Charleston, SC (CHS) facility.

 

This is the first of 15 Dreamliners set to join Air China’s fleet.

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 over 40 more passengers an additional 285 nautical miles (830 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

Air China, headquartered in Beijing, is a leading provider of passenger and cargo services in China with scheduled flight routes connecting 174 cities in 40 countries and regions. Air China will use its 787-9s to ride on the wave of fast growing international passenger traffic by expanding its international network through nonstop point-to-point services.

According to Airline Route, the carrier will introduce the new type (today) on a single Beijing (Capital) – Chengdu flight followed by regular service on the Beijing (Capital) – Shanghai (Hongqiao) starting tomorrow (May 27). Beijing – Guangzhou will follow on July 1, 2016.

Internationally the new type will be introduced on the Beijing – Frankfurt route starting on July 15, 2016.

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Deer Jet plans to operate the world’s first VIP 787 Boeing Business Jet

Deer Jet 787 (Ldg) GVA (Deer Jet)(LRW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer Jet and Boeing issued this statement:

Deer Jet, the largest business jet company in Asia, is planning to become the operator of world’s first VVIP BBJ 787. Deer Jet and Boeing announced jointly at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE), the largest business aviation event in Europe.

This VVIP BBJ 787 is truly a “Dream Jet.” It has a range of 16,000 kilometers and can fly nonstop for 17.5 hours at Mach 0.85. Its lower cabin pressure, fresher air and the 220m2 large cabin area would ensure an extremely comfortable flying experience.

Deer Jet 787 (Cabin) GVA (Deer Jet)(LR)

At a media event evening held by Boeing on May 22, Denzil White, President of Deer Jet’s subsidiary Hong Kong Jet, said: “This VVIP BBJ 787 is the most high-end business jet in the world. Becoming its operator shows the strength of Deer Jet’s global operations capabilities.”

Deer Jet currently operates nearly 90 business jets, including 4 BBJ, which means it already has significant experience operating Boeing Business Jets. The famous tourism brand under HNA group, CAISSA Touristic, has also entered the high-end custom-tailored tourism market over the last two years and has achieved marked success.

Deer Jet has developed very rapidly over the past few years. It established Deer Jet (Beijing), Deer Jet (Shanghai) and Hong Kong Jet to optimize its network, it has collaborated with Gulfstream and Dassault Aviation to improve maintenance services. It also has established Honor Aviation Support, and has opened 8 FBOs across China. In 2015, Deer Jet’s domestic market share rose to 70%, and its international flight hours exceeded 50%. Deer Jet also received the ‘World Leading Private Jet Charter’ award at the World Travel Awards (WTA), further raising the company’s market reputation.

Deer Jet is on its 21st year of operation. It is a full subsidiary of HNA Group, a Fortune Global 500 company. It started the business aviation industry in China, and is still a pioneer in the market. With the vision of building a world-class business aviation brand, Deer Jet is taking solid steps in the expansion of its international service network, and becoming a global award-winning business jet operator.

Kestrel Aviation issued this statement:

Boeing 787 msn 35309 is currently owned by Sky Blue Holdings, not Deer Jet.

Kestrel Aviation Management, assisted Sky Blue in the purchase of this aircraft and turn-key managed the design and modification of the VVIP cabin.

Kestrel arranged the sale of the aircraft to Deer Jet who is expected to take title to the aircraft later this year.

 

Copyright Photos: Kestrel Aviation Management and Greenpoint Technologies.

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