Archive | November, 2011

Lion Air Commitment for up to 380 Boeing 737s

Lion Air becomes second disclosed 737 MAX customer, buys 201

AFP is reporting out of Jakarta, Indonesia this morning that low-cost carrier Lion Air, who served as launch customer for the Boeing 737-900ER, has placed a record $21.7 billion order for 230 737s, including 201 737 Max aircraft. The order is said to include options for 150 additional aircraft. According to the reports, the announcement […]

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Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner JA822A/N1003W ZA177

JAL 787 completes eight months of change incorporation in Texas (Update1)

Boeing’s Airplane 23, ZA177 for Japan Airlines, ferried to Everett on November 13 with little fanfare. Yet this particular 787 returned quite different from when it left the Pacific Northwest in March. The aircraft completed eight months of change incorporation at Boeing’s Global Support & Services facility in San Antonio, Texas. The site, which sits adjacent […]

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Three to five Embraer E-Jet EV family sets up engine battle (Update1)

With its E-Jet sales surging and regional competitor Bombardier focused on the clean-sheet 125 to 149-seat CS100 and CS300, Embraer is turning its focus to the evolution of its existing commercial aircraft with a new engine ready by 2018, currently dubbed the EV. Flightglobal reports out of the Dubai Air Show (PDF Daily) elaborate on […]

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Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-ECZ

Boeing’s new jets illustrate different paths with largest customers Emirates and Southwest (Update1)

Many say that Emirates is to the 777 as Southwest is to the 737 and Sunday’s order for 50 more 777-300ER aircraft cemented that status further. The order, the largest in Boeing’s history, is worth up to $26 billion when factoring in the 20 additional options, though the company’s largest customers receive heavy discounts for their purchases. […]

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Travel Day: CDG-IAD

Travel Day: CDG-IAD, originally uploaded by flightblogger. PARIS — It was a sprint from one flight to another at De Gaulle after a spontaneous strike by the Air France gate agents in Toulouse delayed my flight north by two hours. The run between terminals ended shortly before this photo was taken and with minutes to […]

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Breaking: Airbus A350 service entry slips to first half of 2014 (Update4)

TOULOUSE – Airbus has shifted final assembly of the first A350 XWB to the first quarter of 2012, with service entry of the new majority composite widebody with launch customer Qatar Airways to the first half of 2014, parent EADS has announced in its third quarter results. Further, EADS has announced a €200 million charge […]

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Travel Night: IAD-AMS-TLS

Travel Night: IAD-AMS-TLS, originally uploaded by flightblogger. Greetings from KLM Flight 652. This 2006 model Airbus A330-200 (PH-AOF) will take me across the Atlantic tonight to Amsterdam headed for Toulouse to spend a few days with Airbus. Thursday morning will feature a comprehensive day-long briefing on the A350 XWB, which coincidentally coincides with the EADS […]

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ANA sees first significant glitch as 787 main gear fails to extend on first try

All Nippon Airways saw its first significant 787 operational hiccup Sunday, as the newly introduced aircraft suffered a malfunction that prevented that the main gear from extending on its the crew’s first attempt. A photograph taken of JA801A while on approach to Okayama, the first of two destinations served by the 787 from Tokyo’s Handed Airport […]

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El Al 4X-EKS

Engineless taxi system WheelTug gets its first customer in El Al

There’s an old joke in aircraft design that the perfect engine is the one that burns no fuel and makes no noise. Until they become available, airframers, engine makers, suppliers and novel inventors work feverishly to squeeze every ounce of propulsive and acoustic efficiency out of an aircraft.  Isaiah Cox, CEO of WheelTug, believes he […]

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Flying the 787: This passenger’s perspective (Update with Video)

So, what is it like to fly the 787?

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