Archive | September, 2010

Breaking: 747-8F first delivery delayed to mid-2011 (Update1)

BREAKING: 747-8F first delivery delayed to mid-2011, originally uploaded by flightblogger. NAGOYA — Boeing’s jumbo 747-8 freighter schedule has buckled again following an assessment of the cumulative impact of an underperforming aileron actuator and structural flutter. The delay, which slips the first delivery to Cargolux from late 2010 to mid-2011, adding six months the already […]

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787 News in Brief: Trent 1000s, ZA006 first flight, float concludes, 787s 8 & 9, RTO in the bag, plus 737 and 747-8

NAGOYA — Good morning from one end of the 787 supply chain. I arrived here Nagoya, Japan on Wednesday afternoon today after a quick flight from Busan. The next two days will include visits to the Japanese Heavies; Mitsubishi, Kawasaki and Fuji. As quick refresher: Mitsubishi makes the wings, Kawasaki makes Section 43 forward center […]

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Is this the first United/Continental merged aircraft?

BUSAN — Good morning from the Korean peninsula! I’ll put a big disclaimer on this and say I honestly don’t know if this is real, but I thought it was most certainly worth sharing. This photo, which appears to be taken with a cell phone camera, was posted on Flickr on Tuesday morning and may […]

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HD Video: A rainy 747-400D departure from Haneda

BUSAN — Good morning from the South Korean southern port city of Busan! I’ll be here for the next day and a half visiting KAL and KAI before we head to Nagoya on Wednesday. Needless to say, this busy week is only going to get busier. Posting might be more infrequent than I would like with […]

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Travel Day: HND-FUK-PUS

Travel Day: HND-FUK-PUS, originally uploaded by flightblogger. TOKYO — After spending the night near Narita I made my way toward the Japanese equivalent of La Guardia Airport, the smaller mostly-domestic Haneda Airport. Unlike La Guardia and its two short runways with a vast array of narrowbody aircraft, Haneda features some of the most exotic widebody […]

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Travel Day and Night: IAD-NRT

Travel Day and Night: IAD-NRT, originally uploaded by flightblogger. My extended stay at home in Washington, DC was cut a bit short after a last-minute 787 supplier tour was firmed up. For the next week I’ll be on the road in Asia, starting in Tokyo then transferring through to Busan, South Korea where the 787′s […]

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Trent 1000 engine failure investigation hangs over 787 (Update1)

With the 787 production and flight test program back to normal operations with ZA001 flying again, the spectre of the Trent 1000 engine failure still hangs over the program. While the September 10 engine surge was not related to the August 2 engine failure in Derby, UK, it was a reminder of how the 787′s […]

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Boeing patent may provide glimpse into 737 replacement plan

Boeing has been mostly quiet on its future narrowbody thinking, though a recently revealed patent, filed in November 2009 and made public last month, may illuminate the airframer’s thinking about how to replace the 737 with a composite aircraft and give its most important narrowbody customer, Southwest Airlines, the plane it’s been begging for.  Titled […]

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Commentary: A Question of Six

I’ve perhaps lost count at the number of emails I receive weekly asking me a question I do not have an answer for. The question doesn’t bother me in the slightest, the lack of an answer does. Why has ZA006, the second GEnx-powered 787, not flown yet? With its first flight now internally slated for […]

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Google Translate’s low cost carrier bias?

The strangest thing happened this morning when I saw a Swedish tweet about low cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle considering a 787 purchase for its long range routes. When Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos ordered additional 737s at the Farnborough Air Show this summer, he suggested a nearing decision on the carrier’s future long haul fleet. […]

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