Archive | August, 2011

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FAA and EASA clear 747-8F for early September first delivery (Update1)

Boeing announced this morning that the 747-8 freighter has been certified by both the US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, clearing the final hurdle before the first aircraft is turned over to Cargolux early in September. Here’s my full story on the certification. UPDATE 7:25 PM ET: It appears as though the […]

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Boeing closes in on 66-inch Leap-X for 737-7, -8 and -9 (Update1)

Boeing appears to be nearing a final decision on the fan size of re-engined 737, settling on a powerplant that will not require any modification to the aircraft’s landing gear, confirm company and industry sources. As the airframer moves closer to a vote by the board of directors later this month, a 66in CFM International […]

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Boeing completes 787 flight test with Top Gun-style tower pass

Boeing has confirmed Saturday’s 787 flight test completion. And now your moment of Zen:

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United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA285

Photos of Note: United’s first 787 heads to final assembly

Earlier this month, the last parts for United Airlines’ (formerly Continental Airlines) first 787 arrived at Boeing’s Everett, Washington facility to begin final assembly. The aircraft’s center fuselage arrived at Paine Field aboard the Dreamlifter just before All Nippon Airways first 787 was unveiled on August 6, and the forward fuselage arrived from Wichita on August 4. […]

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Certification flight testing complete, the 787 fleet is still busy

Six-hundred and six days after it first began on a cold and rainy December day, it’s done. Mostly. The certification flight trials for Boeing’s first 787 variant were completed in the afternoon hours of August 13, rounding out a half-day’s worth of testing that took ZA102 to Salt Lake City, Utah and Billings, Montana before returning […]

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All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner JA801A ZA101

The quirks and questions of All Nippon’s first 787

With the final days of 787 flight testing with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Package A engines coming this weekend, ANA’s first 787, ZA101, has moved from the Everett Modification Center (EMC) – formerly ATS Factory South - to the fuel dock for fuel system checkouts, a sign of the aircraft’s coming first flight. The 264-seat aircraft will […]

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A new generation of Airbus A330 Beluga Super Transporters? (Update1)

At first glance, this looks like one of the five heavily modified Airbus A300-600 Beluga Super Transporter, right? Now look again. That is the unmistakable shape of an A330 wing and winglet.  The photos, which appear on the Airbus website and photo gallery (page 15), illustrate an A330-300 heavily modified to a next generation Beluga Super Transporter. […]

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Photo of Note: Introducing JA801A, ANA’s first 787

Photo of Note: Introducing JA801A, ANA’s first 787, originally uploaded by flightblogger.

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Video of Note: A 787 Sound Check

EVERETT — With 787 functionality and reliability (F&R) testing entering what is likely its final six or seven days, Airplane Nine, ZA102, seems to be spending more time in the air than it is on the ground. The aircraft flew five different missions Friday covering three full blocks of testing, which ZA102 is expected to […]

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Travel Day: BOS-IAH-SEA

Travel Day: BOS-IAH-SEA, originally uploaded by flightblogger. BOSTON — My two week stint in the Bay State is more or less at the halfway mark and I’ve plopped a very fast trip to Seattle right in the middle. Boeing and All Nippon Airways will be unveiling its first 787 on Saturday afternoon. The aircraft, ZA101, […]

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