Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wide Body Report - August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

China's Xiamen Airlines has placed an order for six Boeing 787-9s.  Xiamen Airlines flies an all-Boeing fleet.

Jet Airways plans to deploy the Boeing 777-300ER on its Mumbai-Amsterdam route, beginning in October.

An Emirates Boeing 777 en route to the Maldives made an emergency landing in Mumbai this past week, due to an unspecified "technical fault."

Boeing officials have acknowledged that production of the 747 may be nearing its end.

Airbus has rolled out its first prototype for the Airbus A350-1000, featuring a stretched fuselage and a larger wing as compared to the Airbus A350-900 currently in productions.  The A350-1000 is targeting to compete against the Boeing 777, while the A350-900 is targeted at the market for the Boeing 787.

Although European authorities at EASA have accepted Airbus' proposal to switch from nickel cadmium to lithium ion batteries as a weight saving measure for the A350 family of aircraft, the United States' FAA has not yet approved the change, demanding additional safety measures and/or testing.  Lithium ion batteries were responsible for multiple fires aboard the 787 Dreamliner, mandating the installation of a heavy, fire-proof box to house the batteries.

Emirates plans to deploy the Airbus A380 super-jumbo airliner on its Johannesburg route, beginning in February.

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