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Old February 16th, 2012, 06:55 AM   #581
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Interesting!! Boeing 787 "drew" the numbers 787 during its flight path.

A Boeing 787 jet took corporate loyalty to new heights when it "drew" the letters "787" followed by the company's logo across several thousand miles of North American skies. The etching of the letters and logo, while not visible from the ground, can be seen in the flight path plans.

"Boeing's 19 hour test flight of the 787 Dreamliner was a great opportunity to test the limits of the 787, FlightAware's flight tracking, and the FAA's flight plan system," FlightAware Chief Executive Officer Daniel Baker tells Yahoo News. "It was the longest domestic flight we've ever handled and it required three FAA flight plans to accomplish, not to mention dozens of people coordinating the flight overnight."


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Old February 18th, 2012, 01:18 AM   #582
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Obama: Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 'plane of the future'

President Barack Obama toured the Boeing Everett plant Friday and used the trip to promote tax breaks for companies that create jobs in America.

During his factory tour, Obama met a Boeing worker who helped build Air Force One.

“So I told him he did a pretty good job," Obama said. "'It’s flyin’ smooth. I get to see your handiwork in action every day.'”

But as wonderful as the president’s 747 is, he said, “It’s hard not to be amazed by the Dreamliner.”

“The Dreamliner is the plane of the future. And by building it here, Boeing is taking advantage of a huge opportunity right now to bring more jobs and more manufacturing back to the United States of America.

“We know that the last few decades have not been easy for manufacturing,” Obama said to the crowd, which was filled with workers as well as politicians and business leaders.

“New technology has made business more efficient and productive. But it also means companies need fewer workers than they used to and can “set up shop anywhere there’s an internet connection.”

The transition to a global economy has been “incredibly painful for a lot of communities and a lot of families,” Obama said. “Too many jobs that provided a steady stable life — a middle-class life — for people got shipped overseas. And the truth is, a lot of those jobs aren’t going to come back because of these efficiencies.”

But that doesn’t mean the U.S. economy has to suffer.

“America is a place where we can always create new jobs and new opportunities and new manufacturing. ...

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Old February 18th, 2012, 01:56 AM   #583
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Old February 18th, 2012, 08:28 PM   #584
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According to the Wall Street Journal......

I just finished reading an article on the Wall Street Journal where they sent a reporter to a 787 flight from Tokyo to Frankfurt to evaluate the quality of the flight and weather the experience is totally revolutionary as touted by Boeing. According to the article, many passengers were a bit dissapointed as the airplane flight and experience did not seem to be much different from any other modern wide body aircraft.

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Old February 21st, 2012, 01:33 AM   #585
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United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner N45905 ZA289
[IMG]http://i42.************/24436h0.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i44.************/1yjwj8.jpg[/IMG]

United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner N20904 ZA288
[IMG]http://i41.************/15oc9yf.jpg[/IMG]

Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner JA822J ZA177
[IMG]http://i43.************/2i0rnr7.jpg[/IMG]


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Old February 22nd, 2012, 01:20 AM   #586
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Ethiopian Airlines to Start Boeing 787 Service from June 2012: Routes as of 19FEB12

Update at 0845GMT 19FEB12

As per 19FEB12 GDS timetable and inventory display, Ethiopian Airlines is set to introduce Boeing 787 aircraft starting mid-June 2012. ET’s Boeing 787 seats 270, including 24 Cloud 9 Business Class and 246 Economy Class.

Planned Boeing 787 operation as follows. Although routes mentioned below are now opened for reservation, there is a chance for 787 inaugural date to be altered pending on delivery time frame.


Addis Ababa – Johannesburg eff 15JUN12 Daily 787 service replaces Boeing 767
ET809 ADD0850 – 1330JNB 787 D
ET808 JNB1420 – 2050ADD 787 D

Addis Ababa – Dubai eff 15JUN12 ET600/601 operates with 787, replaces 767/77L (EXCEPT 16AUG12 – 15SEP12)
ET600 ADD2215 – 0300+1DXB 787 D
ET601 DXB0435 – 0740ADD 787 D eff 16JUN12

Addis Ababa – Guangzhou eff 15AUG12 Daily nonstop flight replacing Boeing 767 via Bangkok
ET606 ADD0030 – 1515CAN 787 D
ET607 CAN2300 – 0600+1ADD 787 D

Addis Ababa – Harare eff 18SEP12 Service operates Day x246, replacing 767-300 (Day 246 with 737-800; this route from 16SEP12 operates nonstop in both direction)
ET873 ADD0920 – 1245HRE 787 x246
ET872 HRE1440 – 1955ADD 787 x246

Addis Ababa – Lusaka eff 18SEP12 Service operates on Day 246, replacing 767 (this route from 16SEP12 to operate nonstop in both direction)
ET883 ADD0910 – 1215LUN 787 246
ET882 LUN1500 – 2005ADD 787 246

http://airlineroute.net/2012/02/19/et-787update1/
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:01 AM   #587
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I just finished reading an article on the Wall Street Journal where they sent a reporter to a 787 flight from Tokyo to Frankfurt to evaluate the quality of the flight and weather the experience is totally revolutionary as touted by Boeing. According to the article, many passengers were a bit dissapointed as the airplane flight and experience did not seem to be much different from any other modern wide body aircraft.

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 08:00 AM   #588
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It is not about hate. It is about Boeing making grandiose statements about a plane that although improves upon previous models it appears not to live up to the passenger expectations.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 12:37 PM   #589
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Most ordinary pax won't even know the difference between different types of metal, only the more informed/interested will know.

Second ANA is not a very good airline to judge a new product. I'd wait until Qatar get they're first example after the Farnborough Airshow to see what really can be done with the interior/experience.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 06:46 PM   #590
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Getting close to the finish line

UPDATE (10AM) ZA236 is flying back to Everett today. This is a strong indication that F&R/ETOPs testing is complete. The F&R/ETOPs certification testing for the GEnx-1B powered 787s was based out of Boeing Field. With the airplane heading back to Everett the testing appears complete and this airplane can be released in order to prepare it for delivery to Air India.

Boeing's efforts to complete 787 flight testing with the GEnx-1B engines are close to being completed if they aren't finish already. ZA236 has flown just under 153 flight test hours thus far. The aircraft needed to fly about 150 F&R/ETOPs flight hours to finish the certification program for this version of the 787. Boeing has not confirmed that they are finished with the tests as of yet. The true indication that they are complete is when ZA236 flies back to Everett to finish preparations for delivery to Air India.

As far getting other 787s ready for delivery, there are about 10 787 at the Everett Modification Center that are undergoing change incorporation or shim inspection in the rear fuselage as well as one airplane in 40-24. Three of these airplanes were aircraft that are close to being delivered (to Japan Airlines or ANA) including ZA177 (LN23, JA822J), ZA179 (LN33, JA225J) and ZA117 (LN42, JA806A). Once these airplanes are inspected and repaired (if needed) then they will continue they typical preparations for delivery. The list of 787s at EMC is below with the locations highlighted in green. These are the airplanes I anticipate will be the next few that will be delivered. Interestingly enough these include a few of the very early build airplanes, ZA100 (LN 7), ZA534 (LN 10), and ZA501 (LN 12).

Jim Albaugh, speaking in Singapore has said that up to 55 787s would have to be inspected and repaired for the flaw. To put it in proper context, this would include all the airframes from LN 4 to LN 59, the latter of which is currently in position 1 in 40-26 and just starting final assembly. This number also includes the 5 airframes that have already been delivered to ANA but does not include any airplanes sections that have yet to be delivered to Everett for final assembly.

http://nyc787.blogspot.com/2012/02/g...nish-line.html
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Old February 25th, 2012, 02:28 AM   #591
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First engine start on ANA JA808A

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Old February 25th, 2012, 06:29 AM   #592
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A small compilation of the airlines that already have 787 in production. Am I missing any ?

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Old February 25th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #593
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The 1st 787s for Qatar Airways are also in production, but they are still in the undergoing final assembly stage. I haven't seen any pictures of them yet.


LOT and Hainan Airlines will be the next airlines that will see their 1st 787 going in production.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #594
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I'm still expecting the first 787 for LAN Airlines.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #595
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Thanks for the update. UA's plane looks good in the livery. When will it be delievered? Is there going to be massive delivery planed.
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The 1st 787s for LAN and UA are now undergoing rework at the Everett Modification Center. There's no reason why they shouldn't be delivered when all the rework has been done. But I assume the earliest possible delivery date will be in April since the delayed February deliveries to JAL, Air India and ANA are already planned for March.

I don't think there will be a massive delivery, the workers can only do rework on a limited number of planes at once. It should go up when the 1st planes leave the final assembly that won't need any rework. The next production number that will go into final assembly is LN60, only after plane LN70 there won't be any rework needed anymore. Then the delivery rate will go up since they can delivered the reworked planes together with the new ones.

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http://nyc787.blogspot.com/


And Boeing will also be opening a new "surge line" in June to make sure they can make the delivery targets for this year.
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Boeing Targets June For 787 Surge Line Startup

Boeing will activate the 787 surge line at Everett in June as it continues to ramp up production to five units per month by year-end.

Confirming the long-expected move, Pat Shanahan, senior VP and general manager of Airplane Programs at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says the additional capacity is “risk protection.” The surge line is being put together at the former site of the 767 assembly area in Building 40-24.

As recently as last summer, Boeing described the surge line as a precautionary move and suggested that it may not be required. Now, with delays continuing to affect the production rate and only five 787-8s in service, the company sees the activation of the surge facility as vital to reaching its delivery targets for 2012.

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Old February 26th, 2012, 11:13 AM   #597
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1st 787 for LOT is already under construction.
Some photos:







Photos by PLL LOT (taken from pasazer.com)

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Yes, that's true. I should have said in final assembly and not in production.

The http://nyc787.blogspot.com/ only lists the planes that are in final assembly. The parts of the planes that will be next for final assembly, like the fuselage parts in the picture are of course already in production before it goes the final assembly line.
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1st 787 for LOT is already under construction.
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I can't wait to see some colour on this fuselage. Lets hope that more than two Dreamliners are delivered to LOT by the end of the year.
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well it good to see they've kicked up production.
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