Entries in Dreamliner (8)

Tuesday
Jun212011

American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Sunday
Sep052010

Four 787 jets being tested in extreme conditions by Boeing

The Boeing Company is testing five 787 Dreamliner model aircraft under various conditions, four of them rather extreme.  The five test airplanes are labeled by Boeing ZA001, ZA002, ZA003, ZA004, and ZA005.

ZA001 is being tested at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico (IATA: ROW; ICAO: KROW) for brake performance following simulated “rejected takeoffs.”  This will be the second visit of ZA001 to Roswell, where it underwent wet-runway testing last month.  ZA002 is undergoing cold-weather and high-latitude testing at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF).  ZA003 is being tested for durability in extreme heat, in Yuma, Arizona.  ZA004 is in Victorville, California doing “flight loads survey testing.”  This type of test “measures external pressure distributions throughout the flight envelope.”  And finally, ZA005 has undergone natural and artificial “ice shape testing,” to determine how well the aircraft performs in the presence of ice.

These tests are required for type certification.  In May, United States-based Continental Airlines became the first airline in the world to assign the Dreamliner to a route, when it announced that it would fly non-stop from its Houston, Texas hub (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH) to Auckland, New Zealand (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Japan-based All Nippon Airways is scheduled to be the first customer of Boeing to receive a shipment of 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  All Nippon has 55 Dreamliners on order, one of which suffered an engine test failure in the United Kingdom last month.

Although the initial deliveries of the 787 by Boeing to its customers were scheduled to take place sometime during the final quarter of this year, those deliveries may be pushed back to 2011.

The Boeing Company is an American-based aircraft manufacturer founded in Seattle, Washington in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago, Illinois in 2001.

related stories

Engine of 787 meant for All Nippon Airways fails test (August 23, 2010)

787 Dreamliner to visit Farnborough International Air Show (July 18, 2010)

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787 (July 1, 2010)

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

original stories

Boeing goes to extremes to test its new 787 jet (HeraldNet)

Boeing Conducts Remote 787 Testing (WKRN Nashville Online)

Monday
Aug232010

Engine of 787 meant for All Nippon Airways fails test

A Rolls-Royce engine inside one of the 55 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft ordered by All Nippon Airways failed a sea-level test in the United Kingdom.  The engine that failed was a Trent 1000, and was intended as part of a 787-800 model aircraft.  Representatives of the engine maker Rolls-Royce said their company "[does] not anticipate any impact on the programme," because of the test failure.

Horizontal stabilizer problems on several 787 aircraft earlier this year did not affect Boeing's expected delivery date to All Nippon, according to a spokesman for the Chicago, Illinois-based aircraft manufacturer.  However, the delivery date to All Nippon Airways, the airline scheduled to be the first in the world to receive a shipment of the new aircraft, is nevertheless at risk of slipping back to 2011.

All Nippon Airways is the second-largest Japanese-based airline (behind Japan Airlines).  It was formed in 1952.  It operates hubs at Tokyo's two largest airports, Haneda (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) and Narita (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA); and also at Osaka's two largest airports, Osaka International (IATA: ITM; ICAO: RJOO) and Kansai International (IATA: KIX; ICAO: RJBB).  It flies to 71 destinations on the continents of Asia, North America, and Europe, as of the time of this post.

The Boeing Company was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.

original story (www.flightglobal.com)

related stories

787 Dreamliner to visit Farnborough International Air Show (July 18, 2010)

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787 (July 1, 2010)

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

Sunday
Jul182010

787 Dreamliner to visit Farnborough International Air Show

Tomorrow, the Boeing Company's new 787 Dreamliner will make its international debut at the Farnborough International Air Show in the South East England county of Hampshire.  A 787 flew in to Farnborough Airport (IATA: FAB; ICAO: EGLF), where the Air Show will take place later this week, non-stop from Seattle.  It landed this morning at 9:09, local time (4:09 in the morning EDT, 1:09 in the morning PDT). Although the Farnborough International Air Show is a biennial seven-day event, it is expected that the 787 Dreamliner will be flown out of the Air Show on Tuesday.

On the production front, Boeing claims the Dreamliner will be as much as 20 percent more fuel efficient than other aircraft of similar size.  All Nippon Airways is expected to be the first airline to receive its scheduled shipment of 787s from Boeing.  And this past spring, Continental Airlines became the first airline to schedule the Dreamliner for a particular route.  Continental plans to operate the Dreamliner non-stop between its Houston hub and Auckland, New ZealandType certification of the Dreamliner is scheduled to occur later this year.  Despite these plans, it was reported last Thursday that delivery of the aircraft by Boeing to its buyers, may be postponed to next year.

Boeing was founded in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.  The Farnborough International Air Show has taken place in every even-numbered year since 1962, and has origins that go back a generation further.

related stories

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787 (July 1, 2010)

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

original stories

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut (The Boeing Company)

Boeing Says 787 Delivery May Be Delayed Until 2011 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Boeing's Farnborough International Air Show 2010 webpage (The Boeing Company)

Farnborough International Air Show (official site)

Thursday
Jul012010

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787

The Boeing Company announced today via its website that it has a “firm configuration” for a stretch version of the 787, which it will call the 787-9.  “Firm configuration means the airplane’s structural, propulsion, and systems architectures are defined and not changing,” the vice president of development for the 787-9, Mark Jenks said.  The stretch version will be 206 feet long, 20 feet longer than the version in testing right now.

Although production and certification have been put behind schedule a number of times over the years, the first 787 is now scheduled to be delivered in the last quarter of this year, to the Japan-based carrier All Nippon Airways.  In May, Continental Airlines became the first to assign the Dreamliner to a route, its Houston-Auckland non-stop service which it will inaugurate in September of next year.

Boeing was founded in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.

related stories

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

original story (The Boeing Company)