Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from an order for ten placed on May 31, 2005. The jet, HL 8081 (c/n 34810), will initially be flown on domestic services from Seoul/Gimpo to Jeju for around a month as part of the Korea Office of Civil Aviation’s required certification period. Afterwards it will be introduced onto the carrier’s long-haul international network, with the first service to Toronto, Canada due to start on June 1. The airline expects to receive a further four airframes this year with the final five set to arrive in 2019. As more aircraft join the fleet, more routes will be transferred to the Dreamliner with three flights a week between Seoul/Incheon and Madrid and four flights per week between Seoul/Incheon and Beijing scheduled to start in August. The aircraft will also substitute an Airbus A330-200 on the thrice-weekly Zurich link from October 3.
Walter Cho, President of Korean Air, commented: “The 787 will be a key member of Korean Air’s fleet as we continue to introduce next-generation aeroplanes to our customers.” He went on to say the carrier wasn’t pursuing new routes for its 787s, but concentrating on increasing current route frequencies. (Photo Boeing)
Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines has finalised an order for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The deal includes options for five more examples and is valued at $1.32bn at current list prices. It represents Juneyao’s first order with Boeing and its first for widebody aircraft.
“Our strategic vision is to develop into an international airline that provides high quality service with an extended network, while ensuring excellent profitability,” said Wang Junjin, Chairman, Juneyao Airlines. “Today’s order is set to play a key role in our growing business in the years to come, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Boeing into the future.”
Juneyao Airlines was founded in 2005 and began operations the following year. It is one of China’s largest private carriers and provides domestic and regional services. Its international network includes Japan, South Korea and Thailand and it plans to launch routes to North America, Europe and Australia by 2020. Juneyao’s current fleet consists of 41 Airbus A320s and 19 A321s.
Rick Anderson, VP of Sales for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “We are pleased to welcome Juneyao Airlines as a new Boeing customer. This order is an endorsement of their confidence in the 787 Dreamliner, which is the first choice for many single-aisle operators to start widebody operations.”
Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has finalised long term lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for five new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
Three are scheduled for delivery in 2019, starting in the first quarter, with the remaining two following in 2020. The General Electric GEnx powered aircraft come from ALC’s existing order book with Boeing.
ALC currently has Airbus A320s, A321s, and Boeing 737-800s placed with China Southern.
“We are pleased to further grow our relationship with one of the premier airlines in China and a long term strategic customer for ALC,” said Jie Chen, ALC’s Executive VP and Managing Director, Asia.
LOT Polish Airlines has concluded a deal to lease three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from Aviation Capital Group. The Polish carrier already has six 787-8s and plans to operate the larger variant on its flagship routes to New York and Chicago. LOT intends to operate the -9s, the first of which is scheduled to be delivered to Warsaw in March 2018, in a three-class configuration seating 24 passengers in Business Class, 21 in Premium and 249 in Economy Class. The 787-9 will be the largest aircraft in LOT’s history.
Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, said: “With the 787-9 we will open a new chapter in our history. This aircraft will give as an opportunity to significantly increase the capacity on our existing, most popular routes, in addition to opening new ones.”
“This aircraft is the best for our flagship connections, such as New York and Chicago. Thanks to the increased capacity and lower costs, we will be able to accommodate more passengers for relatively lower prices.”
Milczarski stated that after debuting on flights to the US, LOT plans to use the 787-9s on services to Asia as well.
Two more 787-8s are due to be delivered to the Polish national carrier in July and August enabling it to expand its international network. New York, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo already enjoy Dreamliner services from Warsaw with new routes to Los Angeles and Newark launching in April. From August LOT will also use the Dreamliner on direct flights between Krakow and Chicago.
Fleet expansion is a key part of the airline’s growth strategy, with the Warsaw-based airline also set to take delivery of four Boeing 737-800s and two 737 MAX 8s this year.
Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines has finalised an order for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.32bn at current list prices.
The Chinese carrier announced at July’s Farnborough International Airshow that it intended to order 25 737 MAX 8s and the five Dreamliners, with the former deal confirmed last month.
“Donghai Airlines has undergone steady development over the past 10 years since the beginning of our freighter operations in 2006,” said Wong Cho-Bau, Chairman, Donghai Airlines. “Under China’s One Belt One Road initiative, we will accelerate our fleet expansion plan to satisfy the rapidly growing air travel market and help build our home base Shenzhen as the transportation hub in southern China. Introducing these new next-generation airplanes that deliver the industry-leading fuel efficiency and passenger comfort in their segment market will be a key effort for us to fulfill the plan.”
Donghai Airlines currently operates 13 Boeing 737-800s with its fleet expected to reach 15 by the end of the year.
Qantas has unveiled a new livery as part of a brand overhaul ahead of the arrival of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners next year.
While the airline’s classic red and white colour scheme remains unchanged, the tweaked livery features a streamlined kangaroo on the tail, a silver band on the rear fuselage and a slimmer font for the Qantas titles.
Other changes include the addition of Qantas titles on the belly of the aircraft, and the inclusion of the kangaroo on the inside of the wingtips, making it visible to passengers. The airline’s ‘winged kangaroo’, which featured on the tails of the airline’s jets between the 1960s and 1980s, returns under the cockpit window where it will be integrated with the aircraft’s name.
The livery change is only the fifth time Qantas has altered its tail design since it was first introduced in 1944. The last update came in 2007 as the airline introduced its Airbus A380s.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, revealed the new design to around 1,000 employees and guests at a special event in one of the airline’s hangars in Sydney on October 27. Joyce, also unveiled the new Business Suites and Economy seats that are set to feature on the airline’s new 787 fleet.
“Since the image of a kangaroo first appeared on a Qantas aircraft more than 80 years ago, it’s come to represent the spirit of Australia. When passengers see the Qantas tail at airports around the world, it’s a symbol of home,” explained Joyce. “We wanted to make sure our brand remained familiar but we also wanted it to be more modern and dynamic, like the 787 and like Qantas. When we looked at the history, we found that the logo has been updated around the time of a game-changing new aircraft joining the fleet. It’s a tradition that goes back to the Lockheed Constellation in 1947, the B747-300 in 1984 and the A380 in 2007. A fresh brand helps symbolise the new era Qantas is entering as we head towards our centenary. It’s an era of new destinations, new technology and a new standard of service.”
Qantas consultant designer, Marc Newson, worked in partnership with Australian design agency Houston Group to create the new look. He said: “Aircraft tails are a fantastic canvas to work on and the Qantas logo is one of the most recognisable in the world. This re-design aims to retain the fundamental essence of the flying kangaroo but also move the brand forward. This new brand is more streamlined and the shading behind the kangaroo gives a better sense of movement and depth. A silver band now extends from the tail to the rear of the fuselage, to give a more premium feel. The typography for the word Qantas, which measures almost two metres high on the 787, has been carefully streamlined. And Qantas will appear on the aircraft’s belly, so you can tell when it’s the national carrier flying overhead.”
Airbus A330-303 VH-QPJ (c/n 712) is the first aircraft to wear the new livery, which will gradually be rolled out across the Qantas network as and when the aircraft reach scheduled re-paints. The airline still has some jets wearing the pre-2007 livery. Qantas plans to have the entire fleet in the new scheme in time for its centenary in 2020.
New cabin crew uniforms were introduced in 2014 and new pilot uniforms were introduced earlier this month as part of the brand refresh.
Qatar Airways has signed a multi-billion dollar order with Boeing for up to 100 widebody and single-aisle aircraft.
The $11.7bn deal consists of 30 787-9 Dreamliners and ten 777-300ERs, increasing the Doha-based carrier’s firm commitments for the US manufacturer’s widebody aeroplanes from 65 to 105, including 60 next-generation 777Xs.
More significantly, the Qatari flag carrier has also signed a letter of Intent (LOI) for up to 60 737 MAX 8s, valued at an additional $6.9bn if converted into firm orders. This would be Boeing’s first single-aisle aircraft to serve with the airline’s fleet and marks a notable departure for the current all-Airbus narrowbody operator.
Qatar Airway’s Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, remarked: “We are already one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of aviation, today we announce a significant and historic aircraft order that will power our future growth for the years and the decades ahead.”
Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, commented: “We are so very proud that a discerning and market-leading customer like Qatar Airways not only continues to endorse our current products, but also has confidence in Boeing’s new technology that will soon be evident on the 777X and 737 MAX.”
The confirmation of the LOI for 737 MAX 8s will be a further blow to Airbus which is dealing with ongoing, but unrelated, issues with Qatar Airways’ A320neo and A350 deliveries. Addressing a press conference in Doha on August 31, Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is at risk of reporting a financial loss this year due to these ongoing issues.” He also told reporters that the airline had cancelled commitments for two A320neos – making three in total – because the company felt the jet and its engines are not meeting contractual obligations. He went on to say the airline would “keep on cancelling” orders as each jet passes its delivery date until the situation is resolved. Al Baker has since threatened to walk away from the entire 46-aircraft order.
Qatar Airways could receive its first MAX in 2018, but Al Baker insisted the decision to order Boeing single-aisle aircraft wasn’t intended as a retaliation against the European planemaker. He said the carrier does still want to follow through on its 2011 order for A320neo and A321neos, despite the ongoing issues with the type’s Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines. He said the delays left him with “no alternative” but to order the “reliable” narrowbody aircraft from Boeing, which is expected to enter service with launch customer Southwest Airlines next year.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has welcomed the 50th Boeing 787 into its fleet.
In a ceremony held at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center on August 17, the US manufacturer handed over the milestone aircraft, a 787-9, JA882A (c/n 43872), to the Japanese carrier.
Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO, ANA said: “The 787 has played a significant role in opening up routes into new markets, while also forming the backbone of our long-haul fleet. As the launch customer for the Dreamliner family, we are proud to welcome the 50th aircraft into our fleet, where it will continue to serve our passengers with the most innovative and memorable flying experience.”
The airline became the 787 launch customer in 2004 when it purchased 50 aircraft and, seven years later, it was the first to take delivery of the revolutionary aircraft. ANA’s current fleet consists of 36 787-8s and 14 -9s, as well as having an additional 33 examples still on order, including the newest and longest member of the Dreamliner family, the 787-10.
Qantas has invested Au$23m in new training equipment as it prepares for the arrival of the first of eight Boeing 787-9s at the end of next year.
This latest investment includes a new flight simulator, complementing the unit already in use with wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways in Melbourne, as well as other training equipment which will be installed at the airline’s flight training centre at Mascot, Sydney.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The Dreamliner represents a new chapter for Qantas. From mid-2017 the centre will be used to train a new generation of Qantas pilots on the next-generation airliner. The 787-9 will be the first new major aircraft type introduced into the Qantas’ fleet since we started flying the Airbus A380 in 2008, and it will provide us with the ability to replace older, less efficient aircraft as well as deliver potential new routes.”
Australia’s flag carrier had previously announced plans to recruit 170 pilots between now and 2020 as part of its Dreamliner programme. This is in addition to retraining some of its existing pilots to fly the new aircraft.
American Airlines has reached an agreement with Airbus to defer the delivery of the A350 XWBs it has on order.
The oneworld carrier said that it had revised its timetable with the European manufacturer on July 18, which will see American receive its first A350 in late 2018 instead of spring next year. It has 22 A350s on order, which are now expected for delivery between 2018 and 2022 with an average deferral of 26 months.
“This change reduces the company’s planned capital expenditures for 2017 and 2018 and provides capacity flexibility,” American Airlines said in a statement.
The carrier has also announced the initial routes for its incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The type will make it international debut on the airline’s Dallas Fort Worth-Madrid and Dallas Fort Worth-São Paulo – Guarulhos International Airport flights on November 4.