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.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hainan Airlines to Paris with Airbus 330

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines has launched a new service from Hangzhou via Xi'an, to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport this week. The French capital is Hainan Airlines' fifth route to Europe.

Boeing delivers 787-9 to United

United Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and now may name itself "the first airline in North America to fly both the 787-8 and 787-9."

Earlier this year, United announced it will fly the airplane on what will become the longest 787 route: nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.

United now operates 11 787 Dreamliners with an additional 54 on order, including the 787-10.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Air France-KLM to phase out Martinair MD-11s

The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 is going to leave the fleet of Martinair next year. Martinair is part of the Air France-KLM Group, which will halve the number of dedicated freighters in the fleet, as it announced today. Air France keeps two Boeing 777Fs and KLM/Martinair three Boeing 747-400F aircraft.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Transaero: no 787s but more 747s

The Russian carrier Transaero Airlines has converted an outstanding order for four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners into four Boeing 747-8I aircraft. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2015. The airline already had four 747-8s on order.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Qatar Airways with Boeing 787 to Vienna

Today, 1 September, Qatar Airways has introduced the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Doha-Vienna route. The route was previously flown with much smaller Airbus A320 aircraft. Qatar Airways is the first airline with scheduled 787 flights to Vienna.

The 787 flies to Vienna Schechat Airport every day. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays the flights depart from Doha at 08:35 hrs and arrive in Vienna at 13:25 hrs. Departure from Vienna is at 16:15 hrs and arrival in Doha at 22:35 hrs.

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays the 787s depart Doha at 01:50 hrs and arrive in Vienna at 06:40 hrs. Departure time at Vienna is 11:45 hrs, with arrival in Doha at 18:05 hrs.

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Emirates flies Airbus A380 to Frankfurt

Today, Emirates added its 30th Airbus A380 destination: Frankfurt. The airline has 51 A380s in its fleet now. The arrival of Emirates A380s at Frankfurt seems bad news for Lufthansa. But it is not bad news for Germany, according to an Emirates statement, which says that it is the largest A380 customer with 89 more aircraft pending delivery, "a share of the A380 programme which alone is estimated to support approximately 12,000 direct German jobs."

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last flight for Philippine Airlines 747

Philippine Airlines is phasing out the Boeing 747. On Monday, 1 September, its last Boeing 747-400 will arrive for the last time at Ninoy Aquino International Airport near Manila. The aircraft comes from San Francisco and will receive a water-cannon salute.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

787 makes Xiamen Airlines widebody operator

Chinese airline Xiamen Airlines received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on 29 August. The aircraft is the first widebody airliner in the airline's fleet. Xiamen Airlines becomes the third Chinese airline to operate the 787. It will use the Dreamliner for international expansion. The airline will fly the 787 on long-haul routes from its Fujian province base to Europe, North America and Australia.

Two 747-8Fs delivered to Silk Way Airlines

Boeing delivered two 747-8F Freighters to Silk Way Airlines, a cargo airline from Azerbaijan. The first aircraft was handed over last week, the second on 28 August.