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Old November 18th, 2013, 12:00 AM   #3021
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Some routes will indeed see a reduction in capacity, other routes will see an increase as the 747s are also replaced by the A380. By not replacing the 747s 1 on 1 by 1 type of plane BA creates a bit more flexibility in it's fleet to deploy the right capacity on the right route.

And they will probably want the same flexibility again when they will order new planes to replace the 46 777-200ERs. We might see some bigger replacements and some smaller ones as well.
Well they could go for some 777Xs and some more 787s like the -9 or -10!!!!!!!
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Old November 18th, 2013, 03:48 AM   #3022
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LN124 ZA292 N27908 1st 787 from CHS for United:
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Old November 18th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #3023
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ANA replaces 787 battery charger after fault warning

TOKYO, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Japan's ANA Holdings Inc, which operates the world's biggest fleet of Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners, said it had to replace a main battery charger on one of the composite jets after maintenance crews detected a possible fault.

The problem was discovered during regular maintenance of the aircraft on Saturday, with a replacement charger installed the next day, a company spokesman said. ANA, which operates 23 Dreamliners, sent the faulty charger to maker Thales SA in France.

Boeing's state-of-the-art jet, has two large lithium-ion batteries that provide backup power to aircraft systems. The meltdown of two of those batteries, one on an ANA flight in Japan and one on a Japan Airlines jet in Boston, prompted aviation authorities to ground the 787 fleet for more than three months.

While minor faults are not uncommon with aircraft, aviation industry watchers nonetheless remain sensitive to any new glitches with the 787, particularly any related to the batteries.

After the earlier battery incidents, Boeing redesigned the power pack and charger system, adding insulation and a steel box to contain any further meltdowns and a specialised vent to eject any smoke outside the aircraft.

Investigators in the United States and Japan have yet to discover the root cause of the overheating.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 12:59 PM   #3024
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Go Boeing Go!

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Dubai Air Show takes off with multi-billion dollar splurge

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing kicked off the show on Sunday by announcing 259 orders for its new 777X, totaling over $95 billion at list prices.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 06:58 AM   #3025
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LN20 ZA175 JA821J has got engines again. So delivery should occur in few days (maybe Boeing's team will do FCF flight):

http://kpae.blogspot.com/2013/11/pai...vember-18.html

LN139 ZB021 N789ZB taxi test:

http://kpae.blogspot.com/2013/11/pai...vember-18.html
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Old November 19th, 2013, 12:26 PM   #3026
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The unidentified order for 2 787-8s placed on the last day of October was a top-up order from TUI Travel.

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SEATTLE, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and TUI Travel PLC ("TUI Travel" or "the Group"), one of the world's leading leisure travel companies, have completed an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners. The deal, worth $424 million at current list prices, extends TUI Travel's 787 commitment to 15 airplanes. The purchase was originally attributed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website to an unidentified customer. TUI took delivery of its first 787-8 Dreamliner in May and now has four airplanes in service.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #3027
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1st flight scheduled today for the 3rd 787-9.

LN139 ZB021 N789ZB
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE789


The 1st 2 had the flight numbers BOE1 and BOE2, this one is goeing with BOE789.


The 2nd 789, N789FT has flown to Eglin Air Force Base in Northern Florida were it will undergo extreme cold tests in the McKinley Climatic Laboratory.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKinle...tic_Laboratory

It's a bit ironic that they will do this kind of tests in warm and sunny Florida, while the real cold weather is already not that far away from Seattle. But then again, real weather is not controlled and the the center in Florida has already been open since the 1940s.


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A nice picture of the ZB001

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Boeing 001 Heavy by sabian404, on Flickr
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #3028
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Do we know which 789 test frame they will give to Air NewZealand?
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Old November 20th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #3029
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Yes, the 1st 2, ZB001 & ZB002 will go to Air New Zealand.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #3030
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Boeing released a picture of the N789ZB in flight.



http://nyc787.blogspot.com/2013/11/b...87-9-test.html

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First GEnx-powered 787-9 flight
Final dedicated flight-test airplane flies some two months from inaugural 787-9 flight

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Boeing (NYSE: BA) flew the third 787-9 Dreamliner, the first to be powered by General Electric GEnx engines. The third of three 787-9s dedicated to the test effort, ZB021 joined the fleet some two months from the inaugural flight of the first 787-9.

ZB021 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 12:15 p.m. local time and landed 2 hours and 44 minutes later at Seattle's Boeing Field. Boeing will use ZB021 to test engine performance as well as airplane handling characteristics such as low-speed performance and braking.

The 787-9 test program continues to make great progress. The fleet flies regularly, with the second airplane now in Florida for climatic testing, and has accumulated more than 180 flight hours and more than 60 flights. In addition to the three dedicated airplanes, Boeing also will conduct some testing on two production airplanes, the first of which is in final assembly in Everett. 787-10 development also is on plan.

Boeing is on track to deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014. 26 customers have ordered 396 787-9s, accounting for approximately 40 percent of all 787 orders.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 01:05 PM   #3031
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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:31 PM   #3032
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Some paint on that 787 would have made this one more beautiful.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 05:52 PM   #3033
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Some paint on that 787 would have made this one more beautiful.
I have the opposing view. The registration mars an otherwise unique appearance. Great picture, though.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 06:11 PM   #3034
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I think RwandAir. Maybe Boeing will announce selling off all early frames during Dubai Air Show. ZA005 has been probably sold too. This will be great PR event as looking at all whining about early frames and withdrawal from delivery of test fleet to original customers.
It could be that, but i think that the official statement won't be make during the Dubai Air Show .

Picture made in 2011, when the airline placed an option for 2 B787s

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The order wasn't by RwandAir, it was the TUI Travel order that was identified yesterday.
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arff, anyway RwandAir will take delivery of a brand new aircraft in 2014, a Q400NG, it's already good
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Old November 21st, 2013, 05:05 AM   #3037
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And the winner is:

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Boeing surfaced as the winner from the Dubai expo, where it surpassed 1,000 orders for the 787 Dreamliner and made the 777X launch the most successful ever for a large aircraft.
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Boeing might have a problem with one of the dreamlifters. It landed at the wrong airport as it was on it's way to pick up some 787 parts from the Spirit facilities at Wichita.

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Plane was scheduled to arrive at McConnell

WICHITA, Kan. - A Boeing Dreamlifter, scheduled to land at McConnell Air Force Base, instead landed at Jabara Airport late Wednesday night.

Audio from LiveATC.net says McConnell AFB gave the plane clearance to land, but the pilot landed at Jabara Airport. Jabara is 9 miles north of McConnell. You can hear the Dreamlifter pilots talking to the McConnell's tower controller saying, "Ahh, yes sire, we just landed at the other airport." That was at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday.

A Dreamlifter is supposed to need a runway 9,199 feet long to take off at maximum takeoff weight, and 7,000 feet to land at maximum landing weight. The runway length at Jabara is 6,101 feet.
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The runway of the airport is 3,000 too short for the dreamlifter to take off, it's going to be very tight to see if it can take-off completely empty and with limited fuel. Boeing has send a tug to turn the plane around, because that's also difficult because of the size of the plane on this small runway.

ps. the tug also broke down on the way over to the other airport.

Even if they manage to take off, it's still not really a smart move by the Atlas Air pilots who landed this plane. The FAA will be investigating the incident.
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Boeing might have a problem with one of the dreamlifters. It landed at the wrong airport as it was on it's way to pick up some 787 parts from the Spirit facilities at Wichita. full article: http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/...z/-/index.html The runway of the airport is 3,000 too short for the dreamlifter to take off, it's going to be very tight to see if it can take-off completely empty and with limited fuel. Boeing has send a tug to turn the plane around, because that's also difficult because of the size of the plane on this small runway. ps. the tug also broke down on the way over to the other airport. Even if they manage to take off, it's still not really a smart move by the Atlas Air pilots who landed this plane. The FAA will be investigating the incident.
How the heck does a aircraft land at the wrong airport???
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Shit happens.

In the end of the day it's still people who operate airplanes, no matter how much technology is added to the cockpit. So these kind of incidents do happen every now and then.
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