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Old January 23rd, 2014, 05:40 PM   #3301
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Speaking of unionized workforce and labor relations, I wonder if North Charleston can also play a supporting role in certifying the newly-built aircraft and deliver flights from there rather than relying on Washington state for final certification so that the costs can be lowered and thus, improve workers' wages... I mean, contractual jobs, I believe, are mainly temporary jobs, and I hope that Boeing could consider upgrading the status of the South Carolina plant to allow more workers to work there permanently rather than sending them to Boeing Field and become union members.
North Charleston already certifies the planes built there and delivers them from their own Boeing Delivery Center.

If the problem is the mid fuselage section, it appears that the emphasis is on sending mostly completed ones to Everett and using ones that aren't as completed at the North Charleston plant until they can ramp up hiring. That would also explain why production has been slower in North Charleston.

The local state Technical College in North Charleston has announced they will be building a multi-million dollar aeronautical school to support Boeing and other related businesses. The Technical College already does all of the training for new hires, but this new school will have a large bay where they will have fuselage sections, etc for the students to get hands on training.

People have to remember that this assembly plant just opened less than two years ago, so the workforce is still getting up to speed. As for the fuselage plants, they are expanding them right now to increase production, so these problems should go away.

Lastly, the entire manufacturing industry in the state is growing rapidly. BMW, Michelin, Continental Tire, GE, and many others are all expanding and hiring. This limits the pool of skilled workers Boeing can hire who can get up to speed quickly, though I have seen many people who have moved here from out of state to work at Boeing.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 09:57 PM   #3302
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http://www.postandcourier.com/articl...40129796/1010/

Here's an update via the Charleston Post & Courier, including a statement from Boeing.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 07:54 AM   #3303
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The reliability of the 787 is improving, but it's not quite there yet.

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Boeing says Dreamliner reliability 'better but not satisfactory'

* Dreamliner reliability 98 pct

* Further progress in reliability will be slower

* 777 needed from 1995 to 1999 to attain 99 pct reliability

OSLO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The reliability of Boeing's pioneering 787 Dreamliner jet is improving but is still not satisfactory, Mike Fleming, Boeing's vice president for 787 support and services said on Friday.
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787-9 update

On another note, the ZB002 is almost returning home at Boeing Field after a 14 hour round the country flight. The longest flight in the 787-9 test program yet, even further then the ZB001 non-stop Boeing Field - New Zealand flight earlier this month.


The ZB001 is now in Kona, Hawaii were it's supposed to do test flights but not much seem to happening unless the flights aren't picked up by flightaware. Just like with the ZB021 that also spend a good 2 weeks there without doing any test flights.

The ZB021 did fly to Roswell, New Mexico yesterday, which is also a regular test location for Boeing.

All in all the 787-9s have clocked almost 530 hours in test flights.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 03:32 PM   #3304
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A LAN 787 covering the SCL-JFK, apparently it was due to mechanical issues.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 03:43 PM   #3305
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A LAN 787 covering the SCL-JFK, apparently it was due to mechanical issues.
I'm somewhat confused with your post The B787 is covering SCL-JFK due to a B787 mechanical issue?
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Old January 25th, 2014, 05:09 PM   #3306
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I'm somewhat confused with your post The B787 is covering SCL-JFK due to a B787 mechanical issue?
I'm sorry, I wrote that post when I woke up and was still half asleep. It was supposed to be A LAN 787 covering the SCL-JFK route was diverted to MIA, apparently due to mechanical issues.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 05:35 AM   #3307
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[IMG]http://i42.************/24fh2fk.jpg[/IMG]
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Old January 26th, 2014, 07:00 PM   #3308
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people....lets see some layout about 787?....
for example 787 united


http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Uni...ng_787-800.php
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Old January 26th, 2014, 07:57 PM   #3309
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Air India B787 Layout with 18 Business Class and 238 Ecnomy Class
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Old January 27th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #3310
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LN135 ZA293 N26909 United Airlines delivered.
https://twitter.com/UnitedFleetWebs/...54437070610432

2nd delivery this year, 2nd from Charleston.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 11:56 AM   #3311
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Rumored now confirmed :

Lion Air to cancel order for five Boeing 787s

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...e=businessNews
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Old January 27th, 2014, 12:15 PM   #3312
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It's a conversion to 737s.

The reason they give is that they still want wide body planes, just bigger ones then the 787-8. They will place a new wide body order in 2015. This could be for the 787-10, or they go for Airbus new regional A330-300.

Anyway, with the huge 787 backlog this is not really a problem for Boeing. The only thing is that they now have to sell the early 787s that were reserved for Lion Air to another customer. I would not be surprised if Transaero would pick up a few more. I have no doubt that Boeing will give them a bargain on these 787s if they also order a couple more 747-8s.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #3313
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AI has 36 passengers/toilet vs United 45 passengers/toilet !!!

In the figures posted above, count the number of seats in economy, count the number of bathrooms.
Compare the ratios ==> Legroom vs. bathroom.

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Old January 27th, 2014, 08:29 PM   #3314
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AI has 36 passengers/toilet vs United 45 passengers/toilet !!!
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Old January 27th, 2014, 11:00 PM   #3315
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http://nyc787.blogspot.com/

Latest update expands upon the production issues at the mid-body fuselage section plant in Charleston. States that the FAA is sending in a bunch of inspectors to interview employees and inspect processes.

Sounds as if management has been VERY lax.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 02:23 PM   #3316
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Boeing adds resources to improve Norwegian 787 reliability

The dispatch reliability of Norwegian Air Shuttle’s three Boeing 787s is improving, but still some way short of where the airline and the manufacturer want it to be.

At a press conference in Oslo Jan. 24, Boeing VP 787 support and services Mike Fleming said the reliability rate had increased from 97% in October to “around 98%” now.

Norwegian has faced a series of glitches and teething troubles with its 787s, the first of which was delivered in June, resulting in the carrier having to hire in replacement aircraft at short notice.

It complained to Boeing about the extent of its difficulties; the manufacturer responded by sending teams of maintenance personnel to points served by the twinjet and beefing up supplies of spares at its destinations.

In comments cited by Reuters and confirmed Monday by Boeing, Fleming said: "I'll tell you that's not where we want the airplane to be, we're not satisfied with that reliability level of the airplane.”

He compared it with the Boeing 777, which has a dispatch reliability of 99.4%. “That's the benchmark that the 787 needs to attain,” he said, but noted that it took four years after the 777’s service introduction in 1995 for it to get above the 99% mark.

"To get the fleet above 99% you have to keep working every day, so my guess is that it will be similar to what we had with the 777."

In a statement Monday, Boeing said: “We have taken a number of actions to enhance service to Norwegian, including:

• Adding resources at all airports and operations centers that support Norwegian operations;

• improving part and tool provisions to allow more timely resolution of issues at all airports that Norwegian flies with the 787;

• proactively implementing reliability improvements as they become available to address reliability issues that have been seen in the 787 fleet.”

Norwegian’s director of communications, Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson, confirmed that current 787 reliability remained “not as good as we, or they, want it to be. We are still having problems. There have been some problems with the brakes [and] with hydraulic pumps [for the brakes].”

While all the faults had been “very minor”, chasing down the cause of the alerts triggered in the cockpit had been time-consuming, Jacobsson said.

Under Boeing’s GoldCare package, the manufacturer is responsible for maintaining Norwegian’s 787s through Nayak Aircraft Services, which handles the work on Boeing’s behalf. Norwegian anticipated that enhanced maintenance teams from Boeing and Nayak would continue to be on-scene “for the foreseeable future,” Jacobsson said
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Old January 28th, 2014, 06:51 PM   #3317
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It's looks like there aren't any 787s outside EMC and 8 frames are stored on the RWY11-29 again. I think LN22 for Transaero is finally inside and LN18 is back to storage due to Lion Air's order cancellation.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 10:28 PM   #3318
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LN135 ZA293 N26909 United Airlines delivered.
https://twitter.com/UnitedFleetWebs/...54437070610432

2nd delivery this year, 2nd from Charleston.
ZA293 was delivered to DEN today.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...400Z/KCHS/KDEN
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:33 PM   #3319
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LN157 ZA655 1st frame for Kenya Airways rolled out from 40-24. It was moved to outside position of EMC. It looks like Boeing still can't do full work inside 40-24 with 4/month pace, and some frames are moved to EMC for last works.
Behind is LN160 ZA610 C-GHPQ 1st frame for Air Canada.


Source: http://kpae.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/mattcawby

Other news:
- Dreamliner reliability at 98%, up to 99% till end of 2014
- Boeing 787 deliveries target for 2014 at 110 frames
- 1st 789 delivery for mid-2014 on schedule.

110 deliveries means Boeing will delivery about 103 new frames and 7 from EMC (LN25, LN26, LN28, LN11, LN13, LN22, LN6).
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Old January 30th, 2014, 01:18 PM   #3320
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LN157 ZA655 for Kenya Airways outside EMC:
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LN151 ZA436 B-2739 for Hainan painted:
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And LN26 ZA231 VT-ANB has been delivered yesterday, delivery flight probably today. Only 2 early frames for Air India left with VT-ANA delivery probably early February. Air India sold and lease back 4 787s, so they should have cash.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/b...w/29430748.cms

And they planning to installing Wi-Fi onboard planes including 787s
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/b...w/29430521.cms
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