Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Airbus A350 XWB is airworthy

Airbus has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the A350-900 today. Certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to follow shortly.

First Boeing 747-8I delivered to Air China

Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental to Air China on Monday. The airplane is the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals Air China has on order.

Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s and the aircraft type has played an important role in the development of Air China's international network.

Air China also has 15 787-9 Dreamliners on order. In the last three years the airline has received 20 777-300ERs.(Photo: Boeing)

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Etihad shows new livery on Boeing 787

Etihad Airways has unveiled its new 'Facets of Abu Dhabi' livery on the airline's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft was rolled out of the Boeing paint shop in Everett today. The 787 will play a key role in Etihad Airways' fleet and network expansion plans.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Air Berlin cancels Boeing 787 order

Air Berlin names it "fleet harmonization", but it is simply the cancellation of an order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. First delivery of an Air Berlin 787 was planned for late 2015. The German airline has also cancelled orders for 18 Boeing 737 narrowbodies.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Airbus A380 shows new Etihad livery

We knew already about the tail, which is really beautiful, and now we can see how the whole aircraft looks like: the Airbus A380 in the colours of Etihad Airways. Must say: in my humble opinion the tail is more beautiful than the rest of the aircraft. But maybe that is a matter of taste.
The new livery can be seen on Twitter:

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First Boeing 777-300ER for China Eastern

Boeing today delivered the first Boeing 777-300ER to China Eastern Airlines. The aircraft is the first of 20 777-300ERs China Eastern has on order. The new airplane is also the first with a new livery for the airline, with much white and an updated logo - a swallow consisting of two capital letters, C and E, which represent the carrier’s name.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Iberia to become new A330-200 operator

IAG has decided to convert eight previously announced Airbus A330-200 options into firm orders for Spain’s flag carrier Iberia. The airline will become a new operator of the A330-200.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Qantas retires Boeing 767

Not only the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet is taken out of service with the airlines, the 767 is under pressure too. Qantas is going to phase out its Boeing 767s and puts them in the desert where they will be stripped for parts.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First A380 for Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Tuesday 16 September. The aircraft was handed over at a ceremony in Hamburg, to Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive. Qatar has ten A380 aircraft on order.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

787 production goes on

What is going on at the Boeing 787 production line?
The second Dreamliner for Air New Zealand is flying:

KLM offers MD-11 Farewell Flights

KLM offers three "MD-11 farewell flights" on eleven-eleven (11-11 = 11 November). Booking is possible from 11.11 hrs (CET Central European Time) today (Tuesday 16 september). How to book will be published via KLM's social media channels. Price per seat: 111 euro.

KLM is the only airline still flying the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on passenger flights, until late October.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

20 years of Belugas in the air

Airbus is this week celebrating the maiden flight on 13 September 1994 of the Beluga cargo aircraft, named after the white whale because of its remarkable shape. The five aircraft transport aircraft component parts between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

British Airways with A380 to San Francisco

British Airways is going to deploy the Airbus A380 on its London Heathrow to San Francisco International service from April 2015.

SFO is BA’s third US A380-destination, after Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Other A380-operators at San Francisco are Lufthansa and Air France (in summer only). Emirates starts A380-flights in December.

The BA A380s offers room to 469 passengers, with 14 suites in first, 97 seats in business, 55 in premium economy and 303 in economy.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Boeings "Broken Dreams" on Al Jazeera

Tonight Al Jazeera television network starts broadcasting a documentary about problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, named 'Broken Dreams'. Al Jazeera reports extensively about the well-known lithum-ion battery-problems with the Boeing 787, for which the aircraft was grounded for a three month period. But it also gives attention to other problems.

Monday, September 8, 2014

ANZ performs last Boeing 747 flight

Air New Zealand's will make its last passenger flight with a Boeing 747 this week. The airline operates still only one aircraft, ZK-NBV. It will depart for San Francisco on Wednesday and arrive in Auckland on Friday.