787 Dreamiiner

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.

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.

British Airways is extending the number of routes operated by its new aircraft and increasing frequencies on some routes for summer 2014 (from March 30).

 

British Airways now has three A380s and four 787s. Thanks to the arrival of the new aircraft into the fleet, the airline is able to confirm that the A380 and 787 will operate between London and the following destinations in Summer 14:

 

• The A380 will begin services to Washington from September 1, 2014. The aircraft is already flying to Los Angeles and Hong Kong and will start services to Johannesburg in February 2014.

 

• The 787s will next launch on services to:

 

• Hyderabad from 30 March

 

• Chengdu from 5 May

 

• Philadelphia from 5 June

 

• Calgary from 5 July

 

 The 787 is already flying between London and Toronto and New York Newark and will operate services to/from Austin when the route launches on 3 March 2014.

 

 Additional frequencies:

 

• The airline will increase the number of flights to/from Chengdu from three to five a week (also from 5 May).

 

• From 6 May, Tokyo Haneda will move from five-a-week to daily flights. The Haneda flights will also be re-timed to a more convenient 8.50am departure from Haneda (currently 6.35am).

 

• Mexico City will also benefit from an increase from five to six services a week from April 27.

 

• Cape Town will gain an extra three Boeing 777-200ER flights a week through South Africa’s cooler winter season (the Northern Hemisphere’s summer) taking it from a daily service to 10 flights a week and accommodating an additional 219 customers in four cabins.

 

 These flights are available for sale.

 

British Airways says it is investing more than £5bn in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

 

British Airways also says it is the first airline in the UK to fly the A380 and the first in Europe to fly both the A380 and 787. Customers on these aircraft are able to enjoy the new cabins and seats that have proved so popular on the airline’s 777-300Ers.

 

Both aircraft types make major environmental advances and contribute toward the airline’s ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction.

 

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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Regular Dreamliner 787 flights have commenced from Heathrow to Newark and Toronto. The service is currently as follows: -

BA Dreamliner flights from London

Source British Airways