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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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Record Boeing 777X Order is Placed in Dubai

Boeing Co.’s planned 777X long-haul plane stole the show on the first day of the Dubai Airshow, with at least 225 planes ordered in an open demonstration of the expansion plans of the Gulf airlines.

Boeing reports that it recieved at least 367 orders in deals at the Dubai Airshow.

Two variants of the 777x

Variations on a theme

Airbus faired well, opening the five-day airshow with an order for 50 A380s by Dubai-based Emirates.

For Boeing and Airbus, the Dubai Airshow, which is one of the biggest in the world, has become an important marker for future years, as orders placed at the show can affect the future of the companies for years.

Boeing describes the orders as representing the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value, 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes. The combined value of the agreements is more than $95 billion at list prices.

“We are proud to partner with each of these esteemed airlines to launch the 777X – the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jetliner in the world,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “Its ground-breaking engine technologies and all-new composite wing will deliver unsurpassed value and growth potential to our customers.”

777x in the snow

Cold weather

The long-range 777 holds about 365 passengers, making it Boeing’s second-biggest plane, smaller only to the aged, but still loved 747. The 777 has been onew of Boeing’s best sellers and it has sold more 777s than any of its other current large planes. The 777x which is still not finalised will be bigger and more fuel efficient than the current models.

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