Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wide Body Report - February 2, 2016

February 2, 2016

Swiss International Air Lines has taken delivery of the first of nine Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that it has on order.

Boeing has announced plans to boost its production of 737 aircraft to a record 57 aircraft per month between now and 2019, at the same time that it plans to reduce production of its 777 aircraft to 7 aircraft per month beginning in 2017, down from its current production rate of 8.3 per month.  The reduction in 777 production rates are being driven by reduced demand for the "classic" 777 model, ahead of the planned 777X production ramp-up in 2020.

Rolls-Royce signed a deal this past week with Norwegian Air for the supply of engines to equip the 19 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that Norwegian currently has on order.  The deal will include both the Trent 1000 engines and a service contract for maintenance.

United Airlines will begin supplying daily service between Singapore and San Francisco as of June 1st, in the longest route yet assigned to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The delivery of the first A350s to Cathay Pacific has been delayed due to late delivery of the custom business-class seats from Zodiac Aerospace.  Cathay Pacific is expected to receive 12 A350-900 aircraft this year.

The first A350-900 destined for China Airlines is in final assembly.  China Airlines has 14 A350-900s on order.

Al Nippon Airlines (ANA) has firmed-up a deal - which had been reported earlier - for three A380 super-jumbo aircraft.  The new aircraft are expected to replace some of ANA's aging 747s.  ANA has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to equip their aircraft.

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