Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Wide Body Report - July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016

An engine fire aboard a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 engulfed the airplane shortly after making an emergency landing and safely evacuating the crew and passengers.  The flight, which took off from Singapore's Changi Airport enroute to Milan, made the emergency landing after an engine oil warning light forced the pilot to return to Singapore.  The airplane was equipped with GE90 engines.

Boeing is examining the possibility of fielding an even larger version of the 777X, now under development, in an effort to directly challenge the Airbus A380 superjumbo airline.  The proposed 777-10X would carry some 450 passengers.

UK operator Thomson Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9.  The aircraft are expected to connect Manchester, England to destinations in Spain and Jamaica.  The airline currently operates nine 787-8s.

An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787-9 will appear as part of the flying display at this year's Farnborough Air Show.

Ethiopian Airlines is evaluating both the Airbus A350-1000 and the Boeing 777X as it examines its fleet expansion needs.  The airline recently took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which it is leasing from the Dutch-based AerCap.  The aircraft arrived in Lagos, Nigeria and will be the first A350s to operate in Africa.

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