Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wide Body Report - March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

While coach class seating continues to shrink at airlines throughout the world, Japan Air Lines (JAL) has announced that it will be upgrading its business class seating on its international 777 flights.

A Boeing 777 narrowly avoided a night-time collision with a "large" drone aircraft while on approach for landing at London's Heathrow Airport this past week.  The unidentified drone reportedly came within 10 feet of the passenger jet.

Air India has had another of its 787 airliners grounded, this time in Paris, due to continued technical issues.  A 787-800 was similarly grounded last week in Delhi.  Air India has a fleet of 21 Dreamliners, out of a total of 27 placed on order.

Rolls-Royce has announced that it will be delaying the roll-out of its planned upgrade package for the Trent 1000 engine for the Boeing 787 until 2017.  The upgrade includes a projected 2% fuel efficiency improvement.

The first Airbus A350-900 destined for Cathay Pacific Airways took to the air for the first time this past week.  Delivery to the airline is expected in late April or early May.

The first A350 to service Miami International Airport arrived this past week when TAM Airlines flight 9610 arrived from Sao Paulo.

The first A380 to service the UK's Birmingham airport arrived from Emirates this past week, offering service to Dubai.

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