Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wide Body Report - August 30, 2016

August 30, 2016

Cathay Pacific is reportedly testing a more dense, 3-4-3 seating arrangement on its Boeing 777 aircraft, as the airline attempts to reverse its recent, negative earnings release.

Turbine blade corrosion has led Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) to ground six aircraft in its Boeing 787 fleet.  ANA currently operates the largest 787 fleet in the world, with some 50 aircraft, all powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines.

Australia's Qantas Airways is looking to expand its Dreamliner fleet, with up to 45 aircraft options and purchase rights that could be converted into firm orders in the coming weeks.  The airline currently operates 11 Boeing 787s.

Airbus has rolled out its first A350-900 airliner intended for delivery to China Airlines.  The Taiwanese carrier has a total of 14 A350s on order, with the first four expected this year.

Rolls-Royce has firmed up contract details for Trent 700 engines, which will power 15 Airbus A330 aircraft on order from China Eastern Airlines.

Korean Air expects to begin flying the Airbus A380 from Sydney, Australia, beginning in October, replacing older A330s on that route.

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