Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has placed the second Boeing 747-8 Freighter, RC521, the pictured 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136), landed in Palmdale, CA yesterday (April 19), marking the beginning of a planned transition of 747-8 Freighter testing to Southern California. The more than four-hour flight from Boeing Field in Seattle included testing on avionics and cruise performance.
The airplane will be stationed in Palmdale for the majority of its scheduled flight-test program. The crew will conduct several tests on the airplane with fuel-mileage and engine-performance testing as key focus areas.
A contingent of employees has been stationed at Palmdale for the testing, including flight-test engineers and the support personnel who prepare the airplane for each day’s flights. In the coming weeks, the two other 747-8 airplanes in the flight-test fleet will join RC521 in Southern California.
The entire flight-test program calls for the three airplanes to perform a total of about 3,700 hours of ground and air testing. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery to Cargolux is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N5017Q is pictured at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) prior to the departure to Palmdale.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) on April 15 tested the third 787, 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) with the call sign of “Boeing 003 Heavy Experimental” (ZA003). The jetliner flew four times that day in a simulated airline service.
Yesterday (April 18) N787BX became the first 787 to complete a transcontinental flight. BOE3 flew from Seattle (BFI) to Eglin AFB, FL. Previously ZA002 flew to Victorville, CA.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. 787-8 N787BX (msn 40692) is pictured at Seattle (Boeing Field/King County) prior to to the transcon flight.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) arrives at Seattle (King County-Boeing Field) after its first flight.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) prepares for its first flight at Everett on March 17.
Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) third 747-8 Freighter, RC 521 (N5017Q), successfully completed its first flight on March 17. It is the final test airplane scheduled to participate in the flight-test program for the 747-8 Freighter.
Piloted by Captains Paul Stemer and Keith Otsuka, with Ralph Chaffin serving as systems operator, RC 521 took off from Paine Field in Everett, WA, completed a two-and-a-half-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle. The airplane reached an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,144 m) and an airspeed of 245 knots, or about 282 miles (454 km) per hour. It took off at 3:27 p.m. PDT and landed at 5:58 p.m.
RC 521 has several tests scheduled in the test program, including fuel-mileage testing. The 747-8 Freighter flight-test program calls for all three airplanes to perform approximately 3,700 hours of testing both on the ground and in the air. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.
Midwest Airlines (Milwaukee) today (February 25) announced the launch of nonstop service between Kansas City and both Columbus, OH and New Orleans.
Nonstop service to Columbus begins on May 3, 2010. New nonstops to New Orleans begins on May 20.
The branded service to Columbus will be provided by 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft and service to New Orleans will be provided by 76-seat Embraer ERJ 170 aircraft both operated by Republic Airlines (2nd). Midwest Airlines is no longer an airline, only a brand.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N162HL (msn 19000231) arrives at Seattle/Tacoma in Midwest Airlines colors while operating a Frontier Airlines (2nd) flight!
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. ANA's future Boeing 787-881 N787EX (msn 34488) arrives back at a wet Boeing Field (King County) during the first flight.
Continental Airlines, United Airlines and ANA (All Nippon Airways) yesterday (December 23) filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity to enable the three carriers to create a more efficient and comprehensive trans-Pacific network.
The trans-Pacific joint venture – the first of its kind between the U.S. and Asia – also would enable United, ANA and Continental to compete more effectively with other global alliances, each of which has a significant presence in Tokyo.
Upon DOT approval of the companies’ immunity application, United, ANA and Continental will be able to jointly manage trans-Pacific activities including scheduling, pricing and sales, offering customers a greater selection of routings and a wider range of fare and service options.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The rotation of N787BA at Everett (Paine Field) on the first flight is captured on a very dark and wet day in the Pacific Northwest.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N787BA arrives back at a soggy Boeing Field (BFI) after the historic flight.
Boeing’s (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) new 787-881 N787BA (msn 40690) took to the air for the first time today (December 15) at Everett (Paine Field) (PAE) at 10:27 a.m. (1027) local time (PST) on runway 34L. The new jetliner landed at Boeing Field-King County (BFI) at 1:33 p.m. (1333) local time.
Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) is again operating for Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) out of DEN. This time both Republic and Frontier are owned by Republic Airways Holdings but it may lead to some confusion for the passengers (and air traffic controllers).
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.
Republic Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N162HL (msn 19000231), still in the Midwest Airlines brand, arrives at Seattle/Tacoma while operating a Frontier Airlines (2nd) flight from Denver.
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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Pilatus PC-12/45 N933SP (msn 240) is pictured arriving at Seattle (King County-Boeing Field).
SeaPort Airlines (Portland, OR) has been awarded an Essential Air Service (EAS) contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to serve four Arkansas cities (Hot Springs, El Dorado, Harrison and Jonesboro) from Memphis with Pilatus PC-12s. Since Arkansas is a long way from the sea, is there a new name coming from SeaPort?