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Virgin Opts For Fuel Efficient Boeing 787

 

April 26, 2007

UK carrier Virgin Atlantic is to buy 15 of Boeing's 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the largest order yet by a European airline for the new plane.

 

Virgin is also taking options on eight more of the aircraft and purchase rights on a further 20. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2011 and the Boeings will replace Virgin's present fleet of Airbus A340-300s. The deal could be worth up to USD$8 billion.

 

In a statement Virgin said the Boeing 787 burns around 27 percent less fuel per passenger than the A340-300 and it sees its move as a step change in aviation which will reduce the industry's impact on the environment. Apart form fuel efficiency the Boeing plane is less noisy.

 

The UK airline also revealed that it would hold a joint biofuel demonstration with Boeing, Virgin Fuels and engine maker GE Aviation, on one of its aircraft during 2008. The demonstration, using a Boeing 747-400, will be the first by any commercial airline and aims to develop sustainable fuel sources suitable for commercial jet engines and the aviation industry.

 

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin's chairman, said: "Virgin Atlantic is totally focused on delivering a cleaner airline in the air and on the ground, and our order will significantly cut carbon emissions."

 

(Reuters)

 

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VS scheme looks pretty cool on Dreamliner ya.... :p

 

Wonder how it would have looked on the A350 :rofl:

 

Airbus did not contend for this week's $2.8 billion aircraft order by Virgin Atlantic Airways, the manufacturer admitted. Virgin placed orders for 15 787-9s plus options and purchase rights for an additional 28. With deliveries to begin in 2011, the A350 XWB, which won't begin delivering until 2014, was unable to compete, Airbus COO-Customers John Leahy conceded this week in Toulouse at the company's Technical Press Briefing. "We didn't put an offer in on the A350 at Virgin," he said. "They asked for a 2011 delivery and if you want 2011, I'm not going to try to convince you that 2014 is the right thing to do."

 

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Yeah right, Leahy, it's not delivery problem, VS claimed opposite about 787! Get over it, they lost their core-customer...... :p

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Boeing Gets USD$4.7 Bln Worth Of Orders From TUI

 

May 17, 2007

Boeing said it has received orders for 11 787-8 Dreamliners and 50 Next-Generation 737s from German shipping and tourism group TUI.

 

The orders, valued at about USD$4.7 billion at list prices, were previously recorded on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries web site as unidentified.

 

(Reuters)

 

Arkefly in the Netherlands will get 1-3 787's and around 8 737NG's (1st airline to operate 787's :yahoo: )

Jetair in Belgium will get 1 787 and an unknown number of 737NG's

 

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The wings left Mitsubishi Heavy Ind.'s plant in Nagoya and after a 11-hour journey via Anchorage, it arrived at Everett plant at 4.10am local time.

 

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/busi...boewings15.html

787's wings arrive in Everett

 

The wings have landed — leaving just one final piece of the first 787 Dreamliner still to come into Everett.

 

The first set of 787 wings arrived at Paine Field beside the Boeing final assembly plant early today, delivered from Japan aboard one of the new Dreamlifter superfreighters.

 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industres did the detailed design of the parts for the main structural section of the wing, known as the wing box, and assembled it in a new facility in Nagoya.

 

The Japanese manufacturing giant also attached the fixed trailing edge of the wing, supplied by neighboring Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and the fixed leading edge, supplied by the Spirit AeroSystems plant in Tulsa, Okla.

 

The Dreamlifter, a customized 747 jumbo jet with a bulbous top and a tail that swings fully open for loading, carried the wings across the Pacific with a refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska.

 

After a journey of more than 11 hours including the Alaska stop, the Dreamlifter touched down in Everett at 4:10 a.m.

 

In Everett, Boeing Machinists will complete assembly of the wings, adding the wings tips from the aerospace manufacturing division of Korean Air Lines; the movable trailing edge from Boeing's Australian unit; the movable leading edge from Spirit in Tulsa; the engine pylons from Spirit's facility in Wichita; and the rear pylon fairings from Boeing Canada.

 

Then the wings will be joined to the long, joined central fuselage that is the only section of the airplane still to come.

 

That final piece is built in Charleston, S.C., by Global Aeronautica, a company jointly owned and run by Alenia Aeronautica of Italy and Vought Aircraft of Dallas.

 

The central fuselage should arrive soon. The first Dreamliner is scheduled to be put together for a rollout ceremony on July 8.

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source : http://flightblogger.blogspot.com/

 

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the nose section and the forward fuselage section are now joined as one piece!

 

Vertical Stabilizer

- Rudder has been painted in ANA livery. Not yet joined to tail fin.

 

Fuselage

- Aft fuselage (Section 47/48) currently sitting in the rear of 40-36 building.

- Nose and Center Fuselages were loaded into the final assembly rig on May 16, 2007. Now joined as one piece.

- Many critical systems have not yet been installed. In the future, systems will be installed at sub-assemblies rather than in Everett.

 

Horizontal Stabilizer

- Arrived "covered with pieces of blue tape, each piece indicating some kind of defect or area that needed attention." This is seen as a quality assurance issue that will be resolved in the future, but will require additional work.

- Both port and starboard horizontal stabilizers have been loaded next to one another and prepared for final connection.

 

Wings

- Winglet has been attached to the port wing. Starboard winglet condition unknown.

- Unconfirmed: Wing boxed need to be re-sealed. Details currently unknown.

 

Main Landing Gear

- Not yet arrived in Everett.

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Boeing Secures USD$10 Billion Worth Of Arab Orders

 

May 21, 2007

Boeing has secured over USD$10 billion of plane orders from Arab carriers in the last three years fueled by growth in passenger traffic and an economic boom, a senior company official said on Sunday.

 

"If you look over the last three years we have got about 150 orders across the Arab air carriers," Lee Monson, senior vice president, Middle East and Africa commercial sales, said on the sidelines of an economic conference in Jordan.

 

"The total value right now is about USD$10 billion," he said, adding the orders were mainly for Boeing 777 planes, 747-Dash 8 freight and the next generation 787 models.

 

The plane manufacturer was also engaged in negotiations with undisclosed Arab carriers for major orders this year, Monson said, declining to give details.

 

"We are in significant discussions with several airlines across the entire model family in the Arab world," Monson said.

 

Boeing also made a deal last week worth USD$2.26 billion with the Kuwaiti aircraft leasing firm Alafco to sell 12 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes, and six Boeing 737-800 planes, he said.

 

Production of the 787 is not due until later this year with first deliveries scheduled in 2008.

 

Two other agreements for Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes that are close to be finalized with an undisclosed Gulf airline would be announced at the Paris air show, Monson said.

 

Jordan's state carrier Royal Jordanian (RJ) signed a deal on Sunday to buy Boeing 787-8s in a deal worth around USD$280 million with negotiations for two more planes, in the first deal by an Arab carrier to buy the new model.

 

An economic boom in the Arab Gulf region with a tripling of oil prices has driven many regional carriers to expand and modernize their fleets, Monson said.

 

"The economic growth is significant and the traffic growth in this region is around 6 percent when you look at a world average of about 3 percent," he said.

 

"So this region is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world. So we are seeing the opportunities for traffic which is driving the need for new aircraft."

 

But despite the significant success in the last two years by Boeing in securing sales of 2,000 planes worldwide, delivery delays remained a problem that was helping rival European manufacturer Airbus, Monson said.

 

"One of the biggest challenges we face is the delivery positions are significantly into the future, even though we see airlines doing forward planning," Monson added.

 

Airbus's proposed new challenger to the Boeing 787, the A350, is not due to reach its first customer before 2013, five years behind the Boeing model, but analysts say Airbus has been pitching the current A330 aircraft to airlines as a stop-gap.

 

Aircraft demand is rising on the back of increased traffic and an extended rally in the fortunes of a notoriously cyclical industry following a steep downturn at the start of the decade.

 

(Reuters)

 

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Boeing assembles first 787 plane

 

Boeing has started final assembly of its first 787 Dreamliner jet.

 

The plane is coming to life at Boeing's main US production facility near Seattle, Washington from parts first made as far away as Italy and Japan.

 

Boeing now plans to carry out the first test flights in August before initial deliveries to airlines in May 2008.

 

The medium-sized 787 is Boeing's first all-new commercial plane in more than 10 years, and has so far attracted 568 orders from 44 airlines.

 

Its success - so far at least - is in marked contrast to the problems at European rival Airbus over its A380 superjumbo.

 

The giant twin-deck A380 is now running two years late due to a major rewiring problem.

 

 

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner being assembled

 

In pictures: building the Dreamliner

 

Airbus has only gained 161 orders to date for the A380, which is due to start commercial service by the end of this year.

 

Giant structure

 

Boeing said the main body of each 787 will arrive at its main assembly plant in six pieces from around the world.

 

They are then being joined together within a giant support structure called the MOATT - which stands for the "mother of all tool towers".

 

"The 787 not only will revolutionize air travel, it represents a new way of building aeroplanes," said Boeing's vice-president of aeroplane design and production Scott Strode.

 

With a main body and wings predominantly made of carbon composite materials, Boeing says it has made the 787 as light as possible - thus saving 20% on fuel costs.

 

It will carry between 210 and 330 passengers, depending upon the seat configuration, and will have a range of up to 8,200 miles (15,000 km).

 

Boeing said it will take about seven weeks to assemble the first plane, but that by the 100th, it expects to lower this time to six days per aircraft.

 

The company plans to produce 112 Dreamliners in the two years after the first delivery of the plane in May 2008.

 

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Edited by H Azmal

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Hey it is different from the rest before this - not of that greenish hue all 'bare' fuselages exhibit before.

Has it anything to do with the lighting, fuselage material, .............. or is it just me ?! :pardon:

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Thanks for sharing Hafizi... :) Both Dreamlifter and 787 are marvelous aircraft....

 

Mods, can we just put 787's topics in just one thread...?

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Great planes.....that wil flies into the next century....cant wait to see it roll out and it's 1st flight soon....my favourite plane always :rolleyes:

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Russia's S7 Signs USD$2.4 bln Boeing 787 Deal

 

May 29, 2007

Russian airline S7, formerly called Sibir, has signed a USD$2.4 billion contract for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted a company statement as saying on Tuesday.

 

It said the deal also included an option for 10 more 787s.

 

Last month the company signed a USD$705 million deal with Boeing, ordering 10 Boeing 737-800s and securing purchase rights for another 10 of the same model.

 

A spokesman for S7 said he was unaware that any press release had been issued and declined to make any comment.

 

(Reuters)

 

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Qantas unveiled an expansion of its international network that likely will include an order for 20 additional 787s, CEO Geoff Dixon said. New frequencies/routes announced this week are: A fifth weekly Sydney-Shanghai Pudong flight starting in August; a new twice-weekly Melbourne-PVG service aboard A330s, two additional Brisbane-Los Angeles flights on 747-400s (increasing the service to daily) and one additional Sydney-LAX flight, all in March 2008; a new 747-400 service to Santiago and an additional weekly SYD-Johannesburg flight beginning in November 2008. Separately, QF will add three weekly Brisbane-Perth services in August, bringing frequency to 27-times-weekly.

 

 

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Air Astana, the Kazakh flag carrier, enjoyed a 60% lift in passengers last year to 2 million that CEO Peter Foster joked had "absolutely" nothing to do with the success of the film "Borat." Talking from Almaty, Foster said the airline is expanding rapidly and evaluating both the A350 XWB and 787 to replace its 757s and 767s from 2011. It currently operates 18 aircraft. Key to its success has been the country's mineral boom.

 

Air Astana took delivery of its seventh A320/A321yesterday, with an additional three A320s and one A319 due next year. Foster also wants to lease more 767s ahead of 787/A350 deliveries. "The 767 is robust and perfect for us and can reach all our destinations with a full payload," he said. The carrier operates 25 domestic and 18 international routes and is adding more frequencies and destinations in Russia. The business mix is 65% domestic and 35% international, with transit traffic accounting for a surprising 15%. Foster said the airline is developing as a high-quality niche operator linking numerous mineral centers in Kazakhstan and beyond. For example, it is planning to start flying to oil-rich Sakhalin Island off Russia's east coast

 

Current 767-300's are ex-KLM :pardon:

 

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Boeing Company make serious discussion with MAS to purchase B787 aircraft

 

 

Kuala Lumpur-Boeing Company is having a serious discussion with Malaysia Airlines MAS to purchase its new cost efficient B787 aircraft.

 

Its Vice President, Asia-International Relations, Stanley O.Roth said Boeing was competing with airbus in getting orders from the national carrier.

 

The B787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient compared to other aircraft in its class. The B787 replaces the B757 and B767.

 

According to Roth, with the rising oil prices, fuel efficient planes would be extremely important for airlines to save costs and make profits.

 

When asked how long it would take for Malaysia Airlines to acquire the aircraft, Roth said it would depend o­n how long it would take to conclude the agreement o­n the models and numbers required.

 

On the outlook of the aviation industry, he said the Asia Pacific region had been o­ne of the fastest growing regions for commercial aircraft with China being the main market.

 

Roth said the region has also a great deal of potential not o­nly for passenger travel but also for cargo.

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Boeing seems to force MH, isn't it? May be they want to take a lquick ook at MH's financial history and their order of A380s, then they figure why MH dun buy 787.

Edited by Seth K

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Hope MAS will end up buying the 787s..... ;)

There seemed to be a gap between the 734 and 332 at MAS, hope this gap can be filled by the 787s.

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Hope MAS will end up buying the 787s..... ;)

There seemed to be a gap between the 734 and 332 at MAS, hope this gap can be filled by the 787s.

Agreed.

 

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I thought the look is really dissapointing, short and fat? Another 767, this baby need a nose job soon! Never mind that, after all, the performance we shall wait next!

Congrat Boeing!

Edited by Seth K

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