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
Boeing has announced that it has begun assembly of its 1000th Boeing 767, which is being producted for ANA All Nippon Airways. This milestone also marks 30 years since the introduction of the Boeing 767. The full media release from Boeing can be read below: Boeing Begins Assembly of 1,000th 767 EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has begun assembly of the 1,000th 767 airplane at the factory in Everett, Wash. Mechanics took the first step in major assembly by loading the wing spar into the assembly tool. The spar is the internal support structure that runs through the full length of the wing. “This is an important milestone for the 767, which has continued to evolve and improve since entering service nearly 30 years ago,” said Kim Pastega, vice president and general manager of the 767 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 767 is a high-performing twin-aisle airplane that delivers nearly 99 percent dispatch reliability every day for more than 90 operators around the world.” The 1,000th airplane, a 767-300ER (extended range) passenger model, is scheduled for delivery in February 2011 to long-time customer ANA (All Nippon Airways). ANA ordered its first 767 in 1979 and has taken delivery of 89 767s to date. Boeing will use the 767 as the platform for its NewGen Tanker if it wins the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker competition. Contract award currently is scheduled for mid-November. The Boeing 767 family is a family of clean, quiet, fuel-efficient airplanes that provide maximum market versatility in the 200- to 300-seat market. The Boeing 767 family includes three passenger models — the 767-200ER, 767-300ER and 767-400ER — and a medium-widebody freighter, which is based on the 767-300ER fuselage.
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.
Boeing Today announced that it had completed firm configuration of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which involved years of collaboration with airline customers and partners to determine the final configuration of the stretched version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner The full media release from Boeing can be read below: Boeing today announced the completion of firm configuration for the 787-9 Dreamliner. Boeing reached this milestone after years of collaboration with airline customers and partners to determine the optimal configuration for the new stretch version of the Dreamliner. “Firm configuration means the airplane’s structural, propulsion and systems architectures are defined and not changing,” said Mark Jenks, vice president of 787-9 development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Boeing has completed the trade studies required to finalize the airplane’s overall capability and basic design, allowing the airplane manufacturer and its suppliers to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the 787-9. As detailed designs are completed and released, production can begin. The first 787-9 delivery is scheduled for late 2013. “We have a disciplined process in place to ensure we have completed all of the requirements for the development stage of the program,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The team has done a fantastic job to get us through this important milestone.” The 787-9 is the second member of the 787 family. A slightly bigger version of the 787-8, the airplane will seat 250-290 passengers, 16 percent more than the 787-8. The 787-9 will have a range of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 km). “We have been working closely with our customers for years to reach this milestone,” said Mark Jenks, vice president of 787-9 development. “We are excited about the performance and capability this airplane will offer our customers.” The 787 Dreamliner is an all-new twinjet designed to meet the needs of airlines around the world in providing nonstop service between midsize cities with new levels of efficiency. The airplane will bring improved levels of comfort to passengers with larger windows, bigger baggage bins and advances in the cabin environment, including lower cabin altitude, higher humidity and cleaner air. Delivery of the first 787 is planned for the fourth quarter of 2010.
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.
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Boeing (NYSE: BA) today released to great fanfare the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the launch which had over 15,000 attendees on site at Boeings Everett Washington assembly factory, and millions via the internet broadcast of the launch. The 787 Dreamliner built on revolutionary technology which will reduce fuel consumption by 20% and greatly reduce take off and landing noise, is highly anticipated by major airlines for both the savings that the 787 Dreamliner introduces along with the additional services and comfort that airline will be able to provide to their customers. The first flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is expected to take place in August or September after the installation of interiors, test equipment and airplane systems. At present 47 customers have ordered a total of 677 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with a total value of US$98 Billion , the first 787 Dreamliner is expected to be delivered to Japanese Airline ANA not long after May 2008. Here are the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Videos from Boeing Boeing 787 Dreamliner Specifications 787-3 Dreamliner 787-8 Dreamliner 787-9 Dreamliner Seating 290 to 330 Passengers 210 to 250 Passengers 250 to 290 Passengers Range 2500-3050 N Mi(4650-5650 Km) 7,650 to 8,200 n Miles(14,200 to 15,200 Km) 8,000 to 8,500 n miles (14,800 15,750 Km) Configuration Twin Aisle Twin Aisle Twin Aisle Cross Section 226 Inches (574 Cm) 226 inches (574 Cm) 226 inches (574 Cm) Wing Span 170 Feet (52 meters) 197 feet (60 meters) 203 feet (62 meters) Length 186 Feet (57 meters) 186 feet (57 meters) 206 feet (63 meters) Height 56 Feet (17 meters) 56 feet (17 meters) 56 feet (17 meters) Flight deck size – Similar to 777 – Cruise Speed Mach 0.85 Mach 0.85 Mach 0.85 Total Cargo Volume 4,400 Cubic feet 4,400 Cubic feet 5,400 Cubic feet Maximum Takeoff weight 364 000 Pounds(165,100 Kg) 484,000 Pounds (219,540 kilograms) 540,000 Pounds (244,940 kg) Program milestones Aut to offer Late 2003Entry into Service 2010 Auth to offer late 2003Assembly start 2006First flight Aug/Sep 2007Entry into service 2008 Entry into service late 2010