Boeing have released the following video of their 787 Dreamliner preparing for the 2015 Paris Airshow, the video shows Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner make an amazing near 90 degree vertical take off. Vietnam Airlines are scheduled to take delivery of this aircraft and put it into service in the next month and you can read more about their new aircraft here: Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Photos and Delivery Date
Air New Zealand recently released a seat map diagram for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will make its inaugural paying flight from Auckland to Perth on 14 October 2014. The seat map clearly shows 3 classes with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy with a sections dedicated to their innovative Economy Skycouch seating. Also see the Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Photos The class and specifications break down for the seat map is as follows: Class # Seats Seat Pitch Recline Seat Config Inflight Power IFE Screen Business Premier 18 na Lie Flat 1-1-1 1 / seat 11”(27cm) Premium Economy 21 (104cm) 9” (22cm) 2-3-2 1 / seat 11”(27cm) Economy 263 (79-81 cm) 5” (12.5 cm) 3-3-3 2 / 3 seats 9″ (22cm) Economy Skycouch 42 (79-81 cm) 5” (12.5 cm) 3-3-3 2 / 3 seats 9″ (22cm) The seating number for Economy class above includes Skycouch numbers, also Skycouch seats are marked in Blue/Aqua in the seat map below.
After four months on the ground United Airlines today relaunched 787 Dreamliner services, with United Airlines Flight 1 from Houston to Chicago’s O’Hare. This the first flight since the 787 Dreamliner battery incident will be the start of Uniteds six 787 Dreamliners going back into service. “The 787 offers an unmatched travel experience for our customers and co-workers, and we are thrilled to be flying it again,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “This is an exciting time at United. Our investment in the Dreamliner is just one more example of our commitment to delivering the best product, route network and customer service in the industry.” United grounded its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners back on the 17 January after 2 incidents involving Japans All Nippon Airways in which the aircrafts lithium-ion batteries malfunctioned. United will launch international 787 service on the much-anticipated Denver-Tokyo route on June 10. This summer United also plans to inaugurate 787 service on existing routes including Houston-London, Los Angeles-Tokyo, Los Angeles-Shanghai and Houston-Lagos. The airline expects to take delivery of two more Dreamliners from Boeing in the second half of 2013.
United Airlines has reconfirmed that the Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be back in the air soon with a media release stating that the company has already retrofitted 2 of its aircraft to resolve the battery issue, with the remaining aircraft to be complete soon. United Airlines further confirms that they will have the 787 Dreamliner back in operation on domestic flights from Houston to other domestic hubs from 20 May and their International Denver to Tokyo service from 10 June.
With a Qantas/Jetstar 787 Dreamliner not expected until late 2013 at the earliest the next best thing is bringing a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Australia for a promotional visit. The reason behind today’s event was the 91st anniversary of Qantas the main attraction was the Qantas 787 Dreamliner, Qantas also had on hand their factory fresh Boeing 737-800 that features a new business seat for this type of aircraft as well as Boeing’s Sky Interior. The day began out the front of Building C at Qantas in Mascot, where media, VIP and Staff were picked up for transport to Hanger 416 at the Qantas Jet Base. On arrival media and VIP guests mingled around the Boeing 787 Dreamliner before the formalities kicked off, after this there was a tour of the Dreamliner as well as factory fresh Boeing 737-800. A close-up of the tail of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner The tail of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner The setup in front of the Qantas 787 Dreamliner prior to the Qantas 91st Birthday speeches The front of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner The mighty wing and Rolls Royce Engine Dreamliner Logo pictured on the outside of the aircraft One of the two Rolls Royce Engines on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Qantas CEO Alan Joyce Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan Boeing 787 Vice President Mike Sinnett Following formalities Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (pictured on left), and Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan (Pictured on right) were presented composite window cutouts from the 787 Dreamliner, by Boeing 787 Vice President Mike Sinnett (Pictured in Center) The stairs up to enter the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, on the opposite side of the aircraft from where the Qantas/Jetstar media event was just held One of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner test engineers who was on hand to answer any questions, this guys was a wealth of information. The cockpit/flightdeck on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner A plaque inside the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that reads: Certificate 787 Dreamliner Flight Crew Participant of the flight program of the 10th International Aviation and Space Salon Maks – 2011 Chairman of Organizing Committee Signed Khristenko Moscow, Zhukovsky, Airdrome “Ramensky” August 16-21, 2011
British Airways announce that design and planning for the British Airways 787 Dreamliner is well underway The full media release from British Airways can be read below: As the Boeing 787 makes its first international appearance at the Farnborough Air Show, preparations for the aircraft to enter the British Airways fleet are well underway. British Airways has ordered 24 of the new aircraft which will join its longhaul fleet from 2012. The aircraft are 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767s they will replace and make only a quarter of the noise of a Boeing 747. They will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Jonathan Counsell, British Airways’ head of environment, said: “We are committed to addressing our impact on climate change. Adopting new technology is one of the ways in which we are reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. The 787s we have ordered are not only more fuel efficient than the aircraft they will replace, but they also produce nearly half the amount of nitrogen dioxide emissions.” The BA design team is already working on developing the 787’s interior which will have a premium feel throughout the cabin. The design will be inspired by the airline’s rich heritage, but with a contemporary feel which will include environmentally driven design initiatives. The airline’s flight operations and engineering teams are evaluating innovative systems to ensure they can take every advantage of the aircraft’s improved efficiencies. Work has started to upgrade the airline’s engineering hangars in order to maintain the aircraft.
Qantas have announced that that they expect to receive the first of their 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in mid 2012. The first 15 Qantas 787 Dreamliners will actually fly under the Jetstar international brand and will allow the carrier to further expand into southern European and Asian networks. The full media release from Qantas can be read below: QANTAS TO RECEIVE FIRST BOEING 787 IN 2012 SYDNEY, 14 July 2010: Qantas today announced it would receive the first of 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners – a B787-8 series aircraft – in mid-2012. The change follows an agreement reached with Boeing to bring forward the delivery of eight B787-8s by around two years. The first aircraft will be used by Jetstar for its international operations. Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the Qantas Group had firm orders for 50 B787s in place, and remained the second largest airline customer for the Dreamliner. “Today’s announcement confirms that the B787, with its new technologies and improved fuel efficiency, is still very much the right aircraft – for both Qantas and Jetstar,” Mr Joyce said. “It will be ideal for point-to-point flying on medium density routes, both short and long haul and will allow Jetstar to move into southern Europe as well as build on its Asian network. “It will also be suitable for Qantas services into Asia, and even for high traffic routes on Qantas’ domestic network. “This is further confirmation that Qantas remains committed to growing both our airline brands by renewing our fleet and improving flexibility of our domestic and international operations. “We will also continue to have the capability to maintain and grow our share of the Australian market. “The phased delivery of 50 B787s will deliver lower operating and maintenance costs, greater fuel efficiency and improved environmental performance to both airlines. “The 787s will also deliver benefits for passengers with larger windows, higher humidity and a lower cabin altitude pressure improving the flying experience.” The change to the Group’s B787 order will see*: Qantas Group firm orders remain at 50 aircraft, comprising 15 B787-8s and 35 B787-9s; the first eight aircraft – all B787-8s – delivered from mid-2012; the remaining seven B787-8s, along with 35 B787-9s, to follow from 2014, allowing for the retirement of Qantas’ remaining B767-300ER fleet and providing for international growth for Jetstar or Qantas; and Qantas retain the ability to purchase up to 50 additional aircraft. The Group’s first 15 B787s will be delivered to Jetstar for international growth which will also enable the transfer of A330-200s from Jetstar to Qantas and the retirement of Qantas B767-300ERs. Jetstar will configure the B787-8 fleet for its low fare international operations to accommodate 313 passengers in two classes that includes its international business class, StarClass. * delivery timeframes are based on current Boeing planning guidance and may be subject to change.
LAN Airlines has announced that it will bring forward its delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the original schedule would have seen LAN flying the aircraft in 2014 but the revised agreement will see a LAN 787 Dreamliner in operation in the first half of 2011. The full media release from LAN Airlines can be read below: LAN WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD TO RECEIVE THE BOEING 787 DREAMLINER LAN Airlines S.A. and its subsidiaries, (“LAN” or “the Company”), one of the leading airlines in Latin America, today announced that the Company signed an agreement with Boeing to adjust the delivery of ten Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to be incorporated into the Company’s long haul fleet. This new delivery schedule anticipates by three years the arrival of this aircraft, previously scheduled for 2014 and now expected starting in the first semester of 2011. In this way, LAN becomes the first airline in the western hemisphere to receive the Dreamliner, which is expected to revolutionize the airline industry, incorporating the most advanced technology. These ten aircraft are part of the original order for 32 Boeing 787s placed by LAN in 2007, 26 of which will be owned and 6 leased. The Boeing 787-8 undertook its first test flight in December 2009 and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2010. It has the capacity to seat approximately 250 passengers, providing a unique in-flight experience due to innovative technological advances featured inside the aircraft cabin. In addition, this is the world‘s most efficient aircraft reducing the effects of global warming, so the 787 is considered as the new Green Aircraft. Mr. Enrique Cueto, LAN’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The incorporation of the Boeing 787 ensures the Company’s sustainable growth while preserving the environment and incorporating state-of-the-art technology to deliver the best travel experience for LAN’s passengers. LAN looks forward to incorporating this new generation of aircraft in the first half of 2011“. “Partnering with LAN Airlines, one of the world’s great air carriers is an exciting way to introduce the 787 to the flying public. We look forward to seeing the Dreamliner fly with LAN’s livery. The 787 Dreamliner represents one of those rare generational advancements in powered flight that will provide superior operating economics, compelling environmental performance and unique passenger comforts. LAN and its passengers will be among the early beneficiaries of these enhancements,” said Marlin Dailey, Vice President Sales Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
With the first test flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner completed on 15 December 2010 United Airlines and Boeing has now formally agreed on the purchase by United of an additional 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with the total order valued at US $4.2 billion. The development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been plagued by issues in recent years pushing back the first delivery from May 2008 to the fourth quarter of 2010. The full media release from United Airlines can be read below: United to expand international service with fuel-efficient Dreamliner SEATTLE and CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2010 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and United Airlines [Nasdaq: UAUA] have finalized an order for 25 787-8 jetliners. The agreement includes the opportunity to purchase another 50 Dreamliners. “Boeing and United Airlines share an 80-year partnership,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “United, which launched the Boeing 777, now begins a new chapter with the 787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built.” The order is valued at $4.2 billion at average list prices. “United’s Boeing 787 order represents a substantial investment in our future and will enhance the significant progress we are making in improving the global competitiveness of our company while providing the opportunity to open new profitable markets and serve a broader range of international destinations,” said John Tague, president of United Airlines. United expects to take delivery of the 787s at the same time it will begin to retire its Boeing 747s and 767s operating on international routes. The 787 Dreamliner, currently in flight test, will provide greater fuel efficiency, allowing airlines to add new, nonstop city pairs and the additional frequencies that passengers prefer. The 787 also promises a more comfortable flying experience for passengers. Its innovations include a new interior environment with improvements in air filtration, higher cabin pressurization resulting in reduced physical fatigue, larger windows, more stowage space, improved lighting and other passenger-preferred conveniences. The technologically advanced 787 will also provide airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity. Including United Airlines, 57 customers around the world have ordered 876 Dreamliners, making the 787 the fastest-selling new commercial jetliner in history. About United Airlines United Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA), operates approximately 3,300* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 230 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of the Star Alliance, which provides connections for its customers to 1,077 destinations in 175 countries worldwide. United’s 46,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. United ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for domestic scheduled […]
Boeing have announced that its long awaited 787 Dreamliner designated ZA001 is not far from its first flight, in fact final test are being conducted for an expected first flight later this quarter. The full media release from Boeing can be read below: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will fly later this quarter has moved to the flight line. Fuel testing – the first in the next phase of extensive checks the airplane must undergo – will begin in the next few days. “We are making great progress, and moving ever-closer to first flight,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner program. In recent weeks, the 787 (designated ZA001) completed a rigorous series of tests including build verification tests, structures and systems integration tests, landing gear swings and factory gauntlet, which is the full simulation of the first flight using the actual airplane. With Chief Pilot Mike Carriker at the controls, the simulation tested all flight controls, hardware and software. The simulation also included manual and automatic landings and an extensive suite of subsequent ground tests. “These results give us confidence in our ability to move into further gauntlet testing using either ground power or the airplane’s engines or auxiliary power unit. This is a significant milestone on the path to first flight,” Fancher said. All structural tests required on the static airframe prior to first flight also are complete. The final test occurred April 21 when the wing and trailing edges were subjected to their limit load – the highest loads expected to be seen in service. The load is about the same as the airplane experiencing 2.5 times the force of gravity. “We continue to analyze the data, but the initial results are positive,” Fancher said. On April 13, the leading edge of the wing was subjected to its limit load while the rest of the airplane was subjected to loads expected at cruise. And in September 2008, the “high blow” high-pressure test was completed on the static airframe. During that test, the airframe reached an internal pressure of 150 percent of the maximum levels expected to be seen in service – 14.9 lbs. per square inch (1.05 kilograms per centimeter) gauge (psig). Ground vibration testing, which measures the airplane’s response to flutter, also concluded on the second flight-test airplane, designated ZA002, at the end of this week. All the necessary structural tests required prior to first flight now are complete. Now on the flight line, ZA001 will undergo additional airplane power and systems tests as well as engine runs. After completing final systems checks and high-speed taxi tests, the airplane will be ready for first flight, which is on schedule for later this quarter. The 787 Dreamliner has orders for 886 airplanes from 57 customers.