Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wide Body Report - September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

Japan Airlines will be adding a new route between Dallas Fort Worth and Tokyo, flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner beginning in November.

Norwegian will be leasing two additional Boeing 787-9s beginning in the summer of 2017, as the airline seeks to extend its long-haul routes.

Singapore Airlines has been lobbying Boeing and Airbus to introduce a long-range, all-business configuration in their 787 and A350 aircraft, as the airline looks for ways to introduce premium service routes from southeast Asia to Newark and Los Angeles.  Currently, the airline flies the Airbus A380 on these routes, but has to make a stop-over to refuel in either Frankfurt or Narita.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) intends to add either eight Boeing 787 or eight Airbus A350 aircraft to its fleet through lease agreements within the next year.  The aircraft would replace its existing fleet of A340s.  In June, PAL signed a lease for two additional Boeing 777-300ERs, to extend its longer-range operations.

Boeing has announced that it has firmed up its 777-9X configuration, allowing detail design to commence.  The airplane, which will feature an all-new composite wing, is expected to be delivered to customers beginning in 2020.  The list price for the new airplane, currently at $400 million each, edged up by 2.9% in July, making it the most expensive airplane on Boeing's current menu - $22 million more than the larger, 747-8.

A Qantas A380 was diverted to Perth for an unscheduled landing following a fuel problem while en route from Sydney to Dubai.  The initial delay has been further compounded by extended repairs time, leaving passengers stranded overnight.

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