October 20, 2015
British Airway's first Boeing 787-9, delivered just two weeks ago, is expected to enter revenue service on the London-to-Delhi route on October 25th.
Despite having delivered more than 300 aircraft, and with more on the way, analysts are nonetheless growing skeptical as to whether Boeing can ever turn the corner on the all-composite 787 Dreamliner and achieve a profit for the new airplane.
With a glut of used wide-body airplanes now entering the market, Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson has predicted that Boeing will need to slow its production rate for new 777 aircraft.
Two minutes after take-off, parts of the right, inner engine fell off from a Boeing 747 operated by Iran's Mahan Air. No injuries were reported. Outside analysts have attributed the event to a lack of maintenance and spare parts at the Iranian airline.
Qatar Airways is reportedly interested in buying a stretched version of the A350-1000. Qatar currently has 60 Boeing 777X aircraft on order, but has signaled that it would be interested in the Airbus competitor if it can offer more seating and longer range.
Malaysian Airlines Berhad plans to replace its A380s with A350-900s on its twice-daily Kuala Lumpur-London route, starting in the fourth quarter of 2017. The airline has had difficulty filling its A380 flights, and is looking for an alternative route or customer that could make better use of the A380's capacity.