Archive | October, 2009

FlightBlogger on the Web (October 1-30)

I’m pretty sure it’s a safe bet to say that October 2009 has been the single busiest month I’ve had at Flight since I first started almost two years ago. Needless to say, I’ve been bad about keeping up with this regular posting with all the travel. Here’s a good recap of the last month […]

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Photos of Note: Air France takes delivery of first A380

The late afternoon sunshine in Hamburg set the scene for the handover of the first 538-seat Airbus A380 to Air France. Operating as AFR380V, MSN033 (F-HPJA) departed XFW at 2:39 PM local time for Paris. Vidcaps Courtesy of Airbus

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The many moving parts of the Charleston line decision

Everett’s SurgeOver the next two years or so, Boeing will continue to ramp up 787-8 production with the help of the newly-announced temporary surge line. The line will be established on the existing 767 line inside Building 40-24, two bays down from the current 787 line, say company sources. The 767, which will continue operating […]

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BREAKING: Boeing selects Charleston for 2nd 787 final assembly line

UPDATE 6:45 PM: Reaction: IAM District President Tom Wroblewski Washington Governor Chris Gregoire Washington Congressman Jim McDermott Washington Congressman Rick Larsen US Senator Patty Murray WA US Senator Maria Cantwell WA Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson US Senator Lindsey Graham SC (audio) US Senator Jim DeMint SC South Carolina Governor Mark […]

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News Analysis: Second 787 line saga approaches an end

As the clock passed midnight on the East Coast last night, the Seattle Times reported that negotiations between Boeing and the IAM had broken down, all but assuring that Charleston would take joint custody of Boeing’s 787 final assembly operations. An announcement, thought to be days – if not hours away, say program sources – […]

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Late afternoon smile from the world of airline advertising

Been writing like a madman all day and came across this ad from Frontier Airlines on They’ve used their animal-adorned Airbus tails in advertisements before, but I came across a new one and I thought it would be fun to share. This recession has gone on for over a year now with $11B to […]

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October 27 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

Continental Star AllianceIn a decidedly seismic shift in the airline alliance world, Continental has officially departed SkyTeam and joined up with Star Alliance. The move fills a long-time hole in the alliance around NYC. Continental and United opted against a formal merger in June 2008, instead creating a comprehensive link up agreement throughout their route […]

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Boeing completes detailed design on 787 wing fix

Boeing engineers have completed detailed design and computer validation of the final aspects of the 787 wing fix, the company says. Boeing says the the final parts are currently being fabricated for the side of body modification that has kept the 787 grounded. Once complete, the parts will be shipped to Everett installation aboard the […]

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Did the Airbus tray table enable the distraction of Northwest 188?

A lot of people are asking how laptops could’ve caused the crew of Northwest Flight 188 to overfly MSP? According to the NTSB, using laptops on the flight deck is strictly prohibited during flight, but even a quick glance at the tray table on each side of the Airbus A320 family flight deck shows how […]

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Photo of Note: First production 787 arrives on Boeing flight line

ANA Boeing 787 No RR Engines, originally uploaded by moonm. The first 787 Dreamliner to enter airline service with Japan’s All Nippon Airways arrived on the Everett flight line late last week. The aircraft is currently buttoned up for storage while its flight test brethren are receiving the wing fix and will eventually be registered […]

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