Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wide Body Report - December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015

The 100th Boeing 787 rolled off the assembly line this past week in South Carolina.

Etihad Airways will expand its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet to cover five routes next year.

The British Airways Boeing 777 that caught fire in Las Vegas due to an uncontained engine event last year is expected to begin repairs in January.  No timetable was provided for when the damaged aircraft would fly again.

Delta Air Lines reports that it recently signed a letter of intent for the purchase of a used 777 aircraft for $7.7 million, backing up the comments made in October by Delta's CEO Richard Anderson, contending that a used 777 could be acquired for as little as $10 million.  The news has increased concerns over the resale value of used airlines, and sent Boeing stock down by 1.7 percent.

Airbus has delivered its first A350-900 to TAM Airlines - the first A350 delivery to a customer in the Americas.

The wing for the first A350-1000 has left its sub-assembly facility in Broughton, England and has been delivered to Bremen, Germany for final fitting before delivery to the final assembly line in Toulouse.  The A350-1000 is a larger version of the A350, featuring a larger wing.

Emirates has announced three new routes that will be serviced by the A380 super-jumbo jet next year, including routes to Taipei, Prague and Birmingham.

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