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Boeing puts its sixth 787 Dreamliner into testing, but returns early

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N787ZA arrives at Boeing Field.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (October 4) added its sixth 787 Dreamliner to the flight test fleet. The airliner made its first flight from Paine Field in Everett, WA. The airplane, 787-8 N787ZA (msn 40695), disgnated as “ZA006”, is the second 787 equipped with General Electric GEnx engines.

Captains Christine Walsh and Bill Roberson were at the controls during the 1 hour and 4 minute flight. The airplane landed at Boeing Field at 12:45 p.m. (1245) (Pacific time).

In addition to achieving first flight of ZA006, the Boeing test team has completed a number of flight test milestones in recent weeks.

Boeing wrapped up a series of natural and artificial icing tests, meeting all requirements with no changes required. Pilots reported that the airplane continues to handle well even in the presence of ice.

Flight loads survey testing, which demonstrates the pressure distribution on the airplane structure throughout the phases of flight in a variety of configurations, also has been completed. The team conducted this testing on ZA004 primarily at the airport at Victorville, CA. Analysis of this testing continues.

A dramatic series of tests that stress the airplane’s brakes, called maximum brake energy testing, was completed in late September at Edwards Air Force Base, also in California. ZA001 conducted this testing as well as a series of extreme takeoff and landing conditions including minimum takeoff speed testing. Earlier in the month, ZA001 completed wet runway testing at Roswell, NM.

ZA003 flew to Glasgow, MT, to complete community noise testing. All results were within expectations.

As a result of these tests and others, all takeoff performance and handling characteristics testing is complete for the initial version of the 787. Additional testing will be required for 787s equipped with GE engines.

The 787 flight test program has logged more than 1,900 hours over 620 flights and completed more than 65 percent of the flight test conditions for 787s with Rolls-Royce engines.

Equally important to the testing required in the air is the ground testing required to certify a new airplane. Boeing has completed well over 4,000 hours of ground testing on the same airplanes that are in the flight test program.

In addition, fatigue testing has started at a test rig in Everett. Fifteen flights have been simulated. Federal regulations require Boeing to conduct twice as many flight cycles as any airplane in revenue service. Boeing plans to have completed 10,000 flight cycles prior to first delivery.

Xiamen Airlines is planning to order 10 Boeing 737s

Xiamen Airlines (Xiamen) is planning to order 10 Boeing 737 jets according to this report in Flightglobal.

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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 737-85C B-5459 (msn 35057) climbs away from Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).

SkyWest Airlines’ flight 3074 makes a left main gear-up landing at Milwaukee

SkyWest Airlines’ (St. George) flight 3074 being operated under the AirTran Airways code was forced to make a left main gear-up landing at Milwaukee last night on a flight from Omaha. The Bombardier CRJ200 registered N498CA (msn 7792) with 36 passengers and three crew on board landed safely on runway 07R with no injuries. The regional jet skidded on the runway with the left main gear retracted.

Read the full report (with a video newscast) from KETV Channel 7 in Omaha:


Top Copyright Photo: Joe Osciak. Sister ship CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N495CA (msn 7774) arrives at Philadelphia.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N498CA (msn 7792) is pictured at Milwaukee before the incident.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Hansung Airlines to fly again as t’way

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 737-8KG HL8235 (msn 39448) departs from Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).

Hansung Airlines (Cheongju) suspended all operations on October 18, 2008. The company has reorganized and is planning to resume low fare operations this month under a new name. The carrier will operate Boeing 737-800s under the brand name of T’way Air (stilized as t’way). The ATR 72s have been retired.

Here is the new redesigned website (in Korean):


Boeing is bringing 787-8 N787BX (ZA003) to Farnborough

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) will make 787 Dreamliner international debut this month when the doors open on the Farnborough International Airshow outside of London.

The 787 flight-test airplane, ZA003 (N787BX), will touch down at Farnborough the morning of Sunday, July 18 and will remain on static display through mid-day July 20. The airplane will be open for tours on a scheduled basis July 19 and 20. Boeing is using ZA003 to test and certify seats, galleys and associated cabin safety and comfort systems, among other test points.

Boeing’s exhibit at the show will focus on unmanned systems, including the international debut of the recently unveiled Phantom Ray demonstrator, the A160 Hummingbird and the Unmanned Little Bird. The Boeing Unmanned Systems Display will showcase more than a dozen products, including the new Integrator and the ScanEagle Compressed Carriage.

During the show’s daily flying demonstration, Boeing will demonstrate the capabilities of its advanced, combat-proven, multi-role F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter. The company and its customers will display several other systems, including the air show debut of the 737-based Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control platform for the Turkish Air Force. Visitors also will see the C-17 Globemaster III military transport; the F-15E Eagle fighter jet; and the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. In addition, Qatar Airways will display its newest Boeing 777-300 ER July 19-22.

Second Quarter deliveries:


Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) is pictured on the runway at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).

Lion Air celebrates 10 years with the delivery of two new Boeing 737-900 ERs

Lion Air (Jakarta) celebrated its 10th anniversary with the delivery of two Next-Generation 737-900 ERs (extended range) on July 1. Lion Air, which operates an all-Boeing fleet, was the launch customer of the 737-900 ER and is currently the largest operator of the airplane. With today’s deliveries, the Lion Air fleet consists of 36 737-900 ERs and two 747-400s. In addition, Lion Air is a launch customer for the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Previously delivered Boeing 737-9GP ER PK-LGL (msn 35729) beautifully departs from Seattle (Boeing Field-King County).

Boeing completes first flight of GE-powered 787

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Note the GE logo on the engine.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) first 787-8 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE) engines, the airplane referred to as ZA005 (registered N787FT), completed its first flight at 6:29 p.m. (Pacific time) today, following a 3-hour-and-48-minute flight over the state of Washington.

ZA005 will be used to test the General Electric engine package and demonstrate that the changes made with the new engine do not change the airplane’s handling characteristics.

The sixth, and final, 787 to join the flight test program is expected to fly before the end of July.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. 787-8 Dreamliner N787FT (msn 40694) arrives at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after the first test flight. The new aircraft made a stop at Moses Lake,WA (KMWH) before landing at BFI.

158 bodies recovered in Air India Express crash, investigation continues

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 737-8HG VT-AXV (msn 36333) departs from Seattle (Boeing Field-King County). This is the worst disaster involving a Boeing 737-800.

The investigation concerning the crash of Air India Express’ flight IX 812 that happened yesterday in Mangalore continues. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) has been located and recovered. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) has not yet been located. Boeing 737-8HG VT-AXV (msn 36333) ran off the rain-soaked runway on landing and plowed into a telephone pole and burst into flames. 158 bodies have been recovered. Eight people survived the crash.

Read the full report from Reuters:


Flydubai to add Karachi on June 21

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The latest Boeing 737-800 for Flydubai is pictured at Seattle (King County-Boeing Field) on a test flight on May 4. 737-8KN A6-FDH (msn 31716) will be delivered this month.

Flydubai (Dubai) will add Karachi and the Dubai-Karachi daily route on June 21.

Boeing to manufacture certain 787 interior parts in Charleston, SC

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing is now using two Fairchild Dornier 328-300s (328JETs) (N411FJ and N419FJ) of FlightWorks as corporate transports. 328-300 N411FJ (msn 3166) taxies at Seattle (King County-Boeing Field).

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) announced today (May 3) that it has chosen South Carolina as the location for fabrication and assembly of airplane interior parts to supply the 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery site currently under construction in North Charleston, SC. The company is reviewing potential sites for the new airplane interiors facility and anticipates making a final decision by midsummer.

The new facility, Boeing Fabrication Interiors South Carolina, will be located near the North Charleston final assembly and delivery site. As many as 150 employees will work at the new interiors facility, which will serve as an extension of the existing Interiors Responsibility Center in Everett, WA., leveraging the opportunities of a single, integrated production system. This decision is part of Boeing’s plan announced in 2009 to provide an independent sourcing stream for 787 final assembly and delivery in South Carolina. The close proximity of this new facility to Boeing’s Charleston site will help improve the efficiency of the final assembly and delivery process in South Carolina.