787 Dreamliner

It is reported on two travel websites so far that has BA has announced it’s delaying the upcoming B787 service to Philadelphia by four weeks.

The Heathrow to Philadelphia route had been due to welcome the Dreamliner on June 5, but the aircraft will reportedly nw be deployed on the service from July 1.

On Monday, British Airways launched a new service by the Boeing Dreamliner 787 between Hyderabad and London.

The 787 Dreamliner landed at the Hyderabad International Airport from London early on Monday and the brand new aircraft was adorned with a plaque commemorating and honouring the Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachan.

“The collaboration signifies commitment, rich legacy and our success in the Indian market” said Christopher Fordyce, Regional Commercial Manager of British Airways.

Mr. Fordyce said it was British Airways’ first Dreamliner service to India and customers travelling to and from Hyderabad will now enjoy the advanced aircraft that can provide enhanced comfort and reduced jet lag. He said that more Indian film content is being added in all the British Airways aircrafts to India.

The design of 787 Dreamliner manufactureed by Boeing was reviewed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and found to be safe.

A review of the plane was ordered after battery problems grounded the entire fleet last year.

But while the design was found to be safe, the FAA reported that some of Boeing’s suppliers did not follow industry standards for inspection that include training and testing requirement for inspectors. However, it said “effective processes” had been implemented to correct issues that arose during and after certification.

BA 787 in flight

787 in flight

The report, issued jointly by the FAA and the Boeing critical systems review team, stated, “For manufacturing, early issues with suppliers implementing the new business processes are being addressed, and improvements are in progress throughout the supply chain,” The report also added with words to the effect that a certain number of issues can be expected when implementing the development of a large airplane due to limitations in current design, manufacturing and certication processes.

As is common knowledge the 787 Dreamliner has been hit with a series of issues and was grounded last year due to safety concerns.

Boeing 787-9 first flight

Boeing 787-9 first flight

Yesterday saw another milestone for the ground breaking aircraft, with the 1,000th Order being made by Etihad Airways at the Dubai Airshow.

This means that the 787 reaches the 1000 order milestone faster than any other widebody airplane in history and Etihad Airways becomes world’s largest airline customer of the Dreamliner. Etihad now has 71 787 Dreamliners on order.

The order for 30 787-10 Dreamliners, is valued at $8.7 billion at list prices.

Launched in April 2004, the 787 family received its 1000th order in approximately nine years, about eight years faster than the popular Boeing 777. The 787 Dreamliner has so far accumulated 1,012 orders from 60 customers worldwide.

“Our ongoing investment in the 787 is well-founded and is apparent by the record time in which the Dreamliner family received its 1,000th order,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We are truly grateful for the continued confidence that our customers have placed in the 787 and together, we are excited about growing the product line and expanding our presence with this family of airplanes.”

“This is a significant, timely and essential order for us, as we celebrate our tenth anniversary and plan for our next decade and beyond,” said Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan. “In just 10 years, we have grown from a start-up carrier to a global airline. This order enables us to build upon our achievements, using the next generation of aircraft to support our next generation of development.”

Boeing states that in addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 family provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance. Boeing also say that the airplane uses at least 20 percent less fuel with 20 percent fewer emissions than today’s similarly sized airplanes, and that Airlines also realize more cargo revenue capacity — a 20 to 45 percent advantage over similarly sized airplanes.

The first member of the family, the 787-8, entered service in September 2011, and the longer 787-9 is in testing and on track to deliver in mid-2014. To date, 102 787 Dreamliners have been delivered to 16 customers around the world.

The 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity and high degree of commonality, the 787-10 will set a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics. The 787-10 will be 25 percent more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future. Final assembly and flight test of the 787-10 are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2018.

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British Airways today announced that it would take delivery of its first two 787 Dreamliners on 26th & 27th June, with the first A380 set to arrive on 4th July.

British Airways 787 Dreamliner

Commenting on the announcement, Keith Williams, CEO of British Airways had this to say:

“The delivery of these exciting aircraft opens a new chapter in British Airways’ history. We are proud to be leading the way in Europe in operating both these aircraft types. Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks. These deliveries form the centrepiece of the £5bn investment British Airways is making in new aircraft, smarter cabins, superb lounges and new technologies to make travel more comfortable in the air and on the ground. Both aircraft types make major environmental advances and will contribute toward our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction. Following their arrival, both aircraft types will begin a complex ‘entry into service’ programme, which will see pilot and cabin crew training taking place at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and short-haul flying for both aircraft, including flights within the UK”.

British Airways has ordered some 42 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 12 Airbus A380s and 18 A350s. The second of the A380s is set to be delivered in September and, although the airline has already announced that they will be used for flights to Los Angeles (from 15th October) & Hong Kong (from 15th November), as yet there has been no such announcement as to where the new 787s will fly to and / or when tickets will be available for sale. As per our previous article however, we expect the new aircraft to replace some of the airline’s oldest 767 on routes to the east coast of the USA and Canada.

British Airways first A380 on tarmac