Boeing flew the largest member of its Dreamliner Family, the 787-10, for the first time on March 31. The aircraft made it maiden flight from the manufacturer’s facility at Charleston, South Carolina, undertaking a four hour 58 minutes sortie.
“The 787-10’s first flight moves us one step closer to giving our customers the most efficient airplane in its class,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. “The airplane will give carriers added flexibility in growing their network routes and build on the overwhelming success of the 787 Dreamliner family.”
Boeing Test and Evaluation Captains Tim Berg and Mike Bryan conducted the first flight, testing the jet’s flight controls, systems and handling qualities. Boeing hopes to begin customer deliveries of the 787-10 in the first half of 2018.
Berg, who is also the manufacturer’s Chief 787 Pilot, said: “From take off to landing, the airplane handled beautifully and just as expected. The 787-10 is a fantastic machine that I know our customers and their passengers will love.”
Boeing has secured 149 orders for the 787-10, which is 18ft (5.5m) longer than the -9, from nine customers. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer with airframes scheduled for delivery to Air Lease Corporation, All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GE Capital Aviation Services, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines too.
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.”
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a letter of intent for 20 Boeing 777-9s and an additional 19 787-10 Dreamliners, plus six options for both types. The Star Alliance carrier is the launch customer for the 787-10, having previously ordered 30 examples.
The 777-9s are scheduled for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year and the 787-10s for delivery from 2020/21.
“Today’s major order for widebody aircraft enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet, providing the SIA Group with additional expansion opportunities to ensure that we retain our industry-leading position,” said SIA CEO, Goh Choon Phong.
“We are continuing to invest for the future of the SIA Group. This order is also another demonstration of our commitment to further growing the Singapore hub, as we will be able to offer even more travel options for our customers.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister said: “Singapore Airlines has been a valued Boeing customer for more than 50 years and we are honoured they have selected the 777X and additional 787-10s to expand its future widebody fleet. We appreciate the trust, commitment and endorsement of Singapore Airlines, and look forward to delivering market-leading capability to one of the world’s most widely respected industry leaders.”
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.
LOT Polish Airlines will begin a new direct service from Warsaw to Los Angeles in April. The four-times weekly flights will be operated by the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners and the airline says the journey will take less than 12 hours.
“I am certain that California is not only a perfect vacation destination but also a business centre that has been steadily gaining in importance. On the other hand, there are many people living near Los Angeles who come from the Central and Eastern Europe, as well as people conducting business in Europe. I have good news for them. They no longer have to change planes at crowded Western European hubs with our excellent alternative” said Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO.
Flights to Los Angeles will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Los Angeles is the latest destination in LOT’s growing network, which has seen 24 new flights launched this year alone. Earlier this year the Polish national carrier announced it was launching flights to Newark, New Jersey and Seoul.
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.