Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wide Body Report - October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015

British Airways will be taking delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner this month, and will also be retiring its last 737.  To commemorate the first 787-9 delivery, they have released a time-lapse film of the assembly of the airplane destined for British service.

Air France is seeking to renegotiate its 787-9 delivery plans, after announcing that the airline will reduce its long-haul fleet in coming months.  Air France currently has thirteen 787-9s on order, plus another three on lease from AerCap.

The recent bankruptcy of Russia's second largest aerline, Transaero is expected to a significant impact on Boeing's 747 production line.  Transero is one of the few airlines to have a standing order for the passenger version of Boeing's 747-8, with four aircraft on order.  This represents nearly a third of the 15 remaining orders for the passenger version of the 747, including several VIP aircraft still on order.

Philippine Air Lines will be shifting to Boeing 777 aircraft for its Manila to New York route as it expands its inventory of 777 aircraft.

Emirates SkyCargo has added another Boeing 777 to its inventory, bringing its fleet to a total of thirteen Boeing 777Fs and two Boeing 747-400Fs.

Airbus has confirmed that it is on-schedule for first flight of its prototype A350-1000 by the end of 2016, with the first production delivery - to launch customer Qatar Airways - due the following year.

Emirates has announced that it will delay its down-select between the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-10 until next year.

Airbus has switched from aluminum to a PEEK composite structure for the fittings taht connect the outer skin panels on its A350 cabin door.  PEEK (polyether ether-ketone) is a thermo-plastic alternative for lower-temperature composite applications.

Emirates, the largest operator of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo airline, is stepping up its campaign to convince Airbus to develop a new-engine-option (NEO) version of the A380.

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