Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wide Body Report - March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

Norwegian Air Lines has introduced service to the UK's Gatwick airport with its new 787-9 Dreamliner, inaugurating the only non-stop service between the UK and New York.

Boeing is assisting in the investigation of an Ethiopian Airlines 787-8 that suffered a nose gear collapse at Addis Ababa last week.  The aircraft was on taxi for departure when the collapse occurred.

Malaysian officials have confirmed that the debris found on a beach in Mozambique most likely belongs to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared in 2014 in what was widely believed to have been a case of pilot suicide.

Airbus is evaluating whether to introduce a new version of its A350 family of airlines - an airplane featuring higher seating capacity but slightly shorter range, dubbed the A350-8000.  The new model is being evaluated as a competitor with certain models of the Boeing 777X now under development.

An Airbus A380 flying for Emirates recently completed the longest commercial passenger flight ever recorded, when it flew from Dubai to Auckland, New Zealand.

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