Boeing begins final assembly on first 787-10 Dreamliner

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Boeing teammates in North Charleston, S.C., started final assembly of the first 787-10 Dreamliner, marking yet another on-time milestone for the development program.

The first 787-10 will cycle through Boeing South Carolina’s Final Assembly facility as all major sections are joined, interior and exterior components completed, power turned on and production tests begin.

“As we enter the next phase of the 787-10’s development, we eagerly watch our first airplane come to life,” said Ken Sanger, vice president and general manager, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This is the result of years of preparation and solid performance by our Boeing teammates and supplier partners. This achievement is another example that demonstrates Boeing’s ability to develop great airplanes in a disciplined fashion in order to meet our customer commitments.”

The first 787-10 is expected to fly in 2017 and first delivery is scheduled for 2018.

The 787-10 is the third member of the super-efficient, passenger-pleasing 787 Dreamliner family. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will retain 95 percent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics – 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace.

To date, Boeing has received 154 787-10 orders from nine customers.

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Boeing, UPS announce order for 14 747-8 Freighters

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Boeing and UPS today (October 27th, 2016) announced an order for 14 747-8 Freighters. The agreement also includes an option to purchase an additional 14 of the cargo airplanes.

“These aircraft are a strategic investment for increased capacity for UPS customers around the globe,” said Brendan Canavan, president, UPS Airlines. “The 747-8 will allow UPS to upsize our network in both new and existing markets.”

The 747-8 Freighter is the world’s most efficient freighter, providing cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter on the market. With its iconic nose door, the airplane has 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400F. The airplane also reduces the noise footprint around an airport by 30 percent compared to its predecessor.

“UPS could not have selected a better aircraft to meet its growing business needs,” said Brad McMullen, vice president, Sales, North America and Leasing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’ve continued to make the 747-8 Freighter even better, and we look forward to seeing UPS introduce it to its fleet.”

With 109 747-8 passenger and freighter airplanes delivered to customers around the globe, the fleet is performing with the highest dispatch reliability and utilization of any four-engine airplane in service.

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

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Boeing, SWISS confirm additional order for 777-300ER

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Boeing and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) today (October 26th, 2016) confirmed a new order for one 777-300ER (Extended Range), valued at $339.6 million at list prices. The Swiss airline had previously ordered nine 777s and taken delivery of six this year as it continues to establish the 777-300ER as its flagship.

“The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come,” said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. “As one of the largest operators of the 777-300ER in Europe we can offer our passengers unrivalled frequency and passenger comfort to a number of intercontinental markets thanks to this super-efficient long-haul aircraft.”

The 777-300ER is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class as well as the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane.

“We value the continued confidence SWISS places in the 777 program and are honored that the 777-300ER will continue to play a prominent role in the airline’s expansion plans,” said Monty Oliver, Vice President, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 777-300ER has consistently won many accolades including “Best Aircraft Type” based on passenger preference polls, “Best in Class” based on fuel burn, passenger load cost and performance and “Best Residual Value for a Twin Aisle Airplane” among others.

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Boeing, China Southern Airlines Finalize Order for 12 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing and China Southern Airlines today (October 12th, 2016) finalized an order of 12 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $3.2 billion at current list prices. The new order strengthens China Southern’s expanding long-haul fleet.

“The 787 Dreamliners have helped us to achieve initial success in implementing our internationalization strategy in the past few years and enabled us to make our operation and services more appealing to passengers,” said Tan Wangeng, CEO, China Southern Airlines. “The additional new 787-9s will further increase our capacity and services for our long-haul routes.”

China Southern Airlines, China’s launch customer of the 787, currently operates 10 787-8s. The airplanes have enabled the Guangzhou-based carrier to launch six new non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in Europe, Vancouver in North America, as well as Perth, Auckland and Christchurch in the Oceania area.

“China Southern has been a long-standing Boeing customer and we truly appreciate their confidence in the 787,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787-9 will help the airline achieve a new level of efficiency and profitability.”

The 787-9 complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly more passengers and more cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance. Like the 787-8, the 787-9 brings the economics of large jets to the middle of the market, with 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

China’s largest airline by fleet size, China Southern Airlines currently operates 700 aircraft, including Boeing 787, 777, 747, 757 and 737s. By 2020, the airline expects to have a fleet of 1,000 aircraft with passenger traffic surpassing 160 million annually.

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Aeroflot expands fleet with four brand new airliners

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Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot has taken delivery of its four new aircraft. These include two Airbus A320s, an Airbus A321 and a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

All aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturers.

The aircraft have been named in honour of outstanding Russian citizens who contributed a lot to artistic and cultural development. One A320 has been named after Aleksei German, a film director and a screenwriter, while the other – after Fyodor Dostoevsky, a world-known classical writer. A321 bears the name of Yuri Levitan, the primary Soviet radio announcer during and after Great Patriotic War. B737 has got the name of Leonid Utyosov, a famous singer and actor.

The new A320s are equipped with CFM56 engines and can accommodate 158 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 150 in economy).

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Courtesy: Aeroflot.

The A321 airliner is designed in a new enhanced two class composition with 16 seats in business and 167 in economy.

A320s and A321 are fitted with state-of-the-art aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets.

Aeroflot operates А320 family aircraft across its European and domestic routes network. A320 family airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered among the best for mid-range flights.

Aeroflot’s Boeing 737-800 has two-class composition with 20 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class. The Business class salon is equipped with monitors for viewing media content. Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular single-aisle jet airliners providing high level of comfort on medium-haul routes.

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Boeing 777X to feature touchscreen flight displays from Rockwell Collins

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Courtesy: Rockwell Collins.

Boeing has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its industry-leading touchscreen flight displays for all five flight deck displays on the new Boeing 777X. The advanced touchscreen capability will make the flight deck more intuitive for pilots and more efficient for flight operations. This is the first time a commercial air transport aircraft will be equipped with touchscreen forward flight displays.

“Touchscreens are everywhere in our lives and we applaud Boeing for taking the bold step to embrace this next evolution in flight deck technology for an advanced aircraft like the 777X,” said Kent Statler, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins. “A touch-controlled flight deck environment makes it easier for pilots to manage information and do their jobs, and speeds up the process to complete tasks.”

The 777X touchscreen flight displays will be multi-touch, so two pilots can touch the same screen at the same time. In addition, the touchscreens will utilize resistive technology (firm touch versus light) for avoiding unintentional interaction with the displays. The touchscreen bezel will provide bracing features for operation during turbulence.

Rockwell Collins is a long-time, leading provider of flight displays for the aerospace and defense industry and was the first to certify touchscreen primary flight displays for commercial aviation, on a business aircraft platform.

As Boeing’s display provider on all of its next-generation aircraft, including the 777X, 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and the 747-8, Rockwell Collins is delivering a common graphical foundation for pilots across all of these platforms.

Boeing’s selection of Rockwell Collins for the 777X touchscreen displays adds to the number of solutions that Rockwell Collins will provide on the aircraft, including the integrated surveillance system with MultiScan™ weather radar, select flight controls, Avionics Gateway secure server router and optional dual Head-up Guidance System.

Boeing has 300 orders and commitments for the 777X, with first deliveries planned for 2020.

Source: Rockwell Collins.

 

Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner to Uzbekistan Airways

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Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways, the flag carrier of the Republic of Uzbekistan, today celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

“The delivery of our first Dreamliner marks a new and exciting chapter in our long-standing relationship with Boeing that began back in 1996,” said Valeriy Tyan, Director General, Uzbekistan Airways. “We are delighted that as early as in September, passengers of Uzbekistan Airways will be offered a new flight experience and an unmatched level of comfort onboard our Boeing 787 Dreamliner.”

“This delivery to Uzbekistan Airways is a remarkable moment in our partnership that has a great value for Boeing,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Today, we are proud not only to have Uzbekistan join our growing base of 787 customers in the region, but also at the airline’s continued confidence in Boeing’s technology and airplanes over the years.”

Uzbekistan Airways’ fleet consists of 34 aircraft, including nine Boeing 767 and six Boeing 757 airplanes. From its hub at Tashkent International Airport, the airline flies to more than 40 cities around the world.

This first 787 delivery flight to Tashkent will also bring humanitarian aid to patients in hospitals, mother-child clinics, rehabilitation centers and orphanages. As part of its charitable activity in Uzbekistan, Boeing and Uzbekistan Airlines have partnered with AmeriCares, which supports a broad range of health care institutions throughout the country. The flight is one of the many humanitarian shipments that Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways have undertaken together.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that brings big-jet ranges and speed to the middle of the market. In response to airlines’ overwhelming preference, Boeing designed the 787 family with superior efficiency, which allows airlines to profitably open new routes to fly people directly where they’d like to go in exceptional comfort.

Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family is flying more than 350 routes and has established more than 75 new nonstop routes around the world. To date 66 customers worldwide have placed orders for 1,161 airplanes, making the 787 Dreamliner the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history.

Source: Boeing.