Saturday, April 28, 2012

First 787 from second assembly line

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner assembled at Boeing's North Charleston facility (South Carolina) was rolled out of the final assembly line on 27 April. The 787 will be delivered to Air India in mid-2012.
The South Carolina final assembly facility is an addition to the first line in Everett and was completed in June 2011. Boeing South Carolina also has responsibility for fabrication, integration and assembly of the 787's midbody and aftbody fuselage sections. Once complete, the fuselage sections are either delivered to the South Carolina Final Assembly facility, or transported via the Dreamlifter to Final Assembly in Everett (Washington).

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Boeing delivers first 747-8I to Lufthansa

Boeing has officially delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airliner to its first airline customer, Lufthansa, on 25 April. The aircraft will me made ready by Lufthansa employees for a flight from Everett to its future home base Frankfurt on 1 May. The aircraft will arrive in Frankfurt on 2 May. The 747-8I replaces the 747-400 in the Lufthansa fleet. The airline has configured its new generation Jumbo Jets with 386 seats. Lufthansa has ordered 20 747-8Is.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Looking back to earlier widebody days

It is a real pleasure to to look back to earlier days of widebody aircraft operation. I extracted some Boeing 747-200B photos from my slide archive, mostly taken during the nineties of last century, and added them to the Widebody Aircraft Parade. On show are now 747-100/200s of Olympic, Alitalia, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, MAS and All Nippon. Take a look: here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Air Alfa Airbus A300s in my archive

Again I took a look to old slides in my collection and found some pictures of Airbus A300s operated by the Turkish charter airline Air Alfa, which was founded in 1992 and ceased operations in 2001. It used eleven A300s and belonged among quite a number of Turkish charter airlines flying this Airbus type during these years. Today most A300s in Turkey are flown by cargo airlines. You can find my Air Alpha A300 page here.