November 2009 - Posts
This weeks Boeing deliveries was less than usual due to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. This week saw four 737NG and two 777 deliveries.
Boeing Seattle (BFI)
- American N815NN (cn 33208/3094), a 737-823. Flew BFI-ORD on 23NOV09.
- China Eastern B-5492 (cn 29661/3083), a 737-89P. Flew BFI-HNL-MAJ-GUM-WUH on 25NOV09.
- GOL PR-GGR (cn 36150/3106), a 737-8EH. Flew BFI-GSO on 25NOV09.
- GOL PR-GGQ (cn 37596/3103), a 737-8EH. Flew BFI-GSO on 25NOV09.
You may have noticed that the two GOL 737's went to Greensboro, North Carolina instead of Caracas, Venezuela, the usual first fuel stop before continuing on to São Paulo. Well thanks to the wonderful Brazilian aviation community, I learned that these two planes were headed to Piedmont Aviation at the Piedmont Triad International Airport to get new seat interiors installed. I'm told the planes will leave for Brazil on Wednesday, 2 December, eastern standard time.
Boeing Everett (PAE):
- FedEx N853FD (cn 37724/829), a 777-FS2. Flew BFI-MEM on 24NOV09.
- Emirates A6-ECX (cn 38982/830), a 777-31HER. Flew BFI-DXB on 25NOV09.
There were no 767 deliveries from Boeing Everett this week.
Next week I plan to include first flights as well as deliveries, so stay tuned for an improved and more organized version of this post next week.
During these tough economic times, Boeing commercial airplanes have seen a number of deferrals in the past few months. Below is a list of deferred airplanes Boeing has yet to deliver to
customers as of 26 November 2009. This list is off the top of my head, so If I've missed
any, please feel free to leave a comment about it. As a reference point to how long these planes have been sitting around, I've included each airplanes first flight date. From first flight to delivery, it's takes around three to five weeks depending on many variables.
At Boeing Seattle (Boeing Field), we have the following:
- Copa Airlines HP-1536CMP (cn 35127/2963), a 737-8V3. First flew on 30JUN09.
- Arik Air 5N-MJQ (cn 38971/3065), a 737-8JE. First flew on 12OCT09.
- All Nippon - ANK JA59AN (cn 33896/3073), a 737-881. First flew on 14OCT09.
I've been told by a couple of people that the ANK 737 is not deferred, but delayed due to seat supplier problems.
At Boeing Everett (Paine Field), we have a bit more:
- Air France Cargo F-GUOA (cn 32967/718), a 777-F28. First flew 15JUL08. The First 777LRF.
- Air France Cargo F-GUOD (cn 32969/827), a 777-F28. First flew 4NOV09.
- China Southern Cargo B-2073 (cn 37311/811), a 777-F1B. First flew 18AUG09.
- China Southern Cargo B-2075 (cn 37312/820), a 777-F1B. First flew 14OCT09.
There is no sign in these planes going anywhere at the moment, well other than the possibility of going to the desert.
At Mojave, Arizona
- China Southern Cargo B-2071 (cn 37309/760), 1 777-F1B. First flew 5MAR09.
- China Southern Cargo B-2072 (cn 37310/770), a 777-F1B. First flew 18MAR09.
At Marana, Arizona:
- LoadAir 9K-DAA (cn 37303/1416), a 747-4HQERF. First flew 21MAR09.
- LoadAir 9K-DAB (cn 37304/1419), a 747-4HQERF. First flew 16MAY09. The last 747-400 variant.
- Jet Airways Private Customer VT-JEL (cn 36563/802), a 777-35RER. First flew 21JUL09.
The latest on the Jet Airways 777-300ER is that it has been sold to a private customer to be used as a personal jet.
Past Deferrals resolved:
Earlier in the year, Arik Air had two 737-7BD's that sat around after initial flight testing at Boeing Seattle for close to seven months. These two planes, registered N353AT (cn 36724/2813) and N354AT (cn 36725/2815), finally delivered to AirTran, the original customer of the airplanes, in September 2009 with with N353AT flying to Orlando, Florida on the 23rd and N354AT leaving for Roswell, New Mexico on the 25th. Both planes were put into service with AirTran in October 2009.
Hello and Welcome to the Jet City Report!
For my first post, allow me to introduce myself - I'm Andrew Sieber, an airplane spotter in Seattle, Washington, one of the worlds Xanadu's of aviation. I started spotting around three years ago and ever since it has become a lovely, rewarding, and obsessive hobby of mine. Other than the Boeing commercial airplanes which dominate much of my spotting, I enjoy general aviation as well, with the Dassault Falcon 7X, but more importantly, the de Havilland Beaver, being favourites of mine to photograph.
Now allow me to tell you what this blog will be about. I have the privilege to live within close proximity to Renton Municipal Airport and Boeing Field, where Boeing 737NG's are assembled and readied for delivery. I track and try to photograph each airplane that comes off the 737NG line in Renton, as well as try my best to at least track down information on the heavies (747, 767, 777, 787's) at Paine Field, 56 km (35 mi) to the North. On a weekly basis, I will post what Boeing planes performed their B1, or first flights, and what planes have flown off on their delivery flights. Ill try my best to include all information I can, such as line and serial numbers, as well as registrations and any other noteworthy items.
Posted below is a gateway photo, for which I hope you enjoy so much that you come back begging for more!
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