Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Wide Body Report - August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016

Passengers and crew were successfully evacuated from a Boeing 777-300 operated by Emirates, that crashed during an emergency landing in Dubai.  The aircraft burst into flames after landing and was destroyed in the subsequent fire.  The cause of the crash is still unclear.

Qantas is reportedly evaluating a direct London to Perth route for its first 787 Dreamliner, due to be delivered later this year.

A Boeing 787 en route from Tokyo to the Gold Coast, Australia was forced to make an emergency landing in Guam this past week due to an engine warning light.  The aircraft, powered by GEnx engines and operated by Jetstar has already had two engines replaced in less than a year.

Delta Air Lines plans to cut its 747 fleet down from nine to seven aircraft later this year, as it prepares for the type's eventual retirement.  Delta has been phasing out 747 operations in favor of 777s on most of its long haul routes.

Virgin Australia is negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing to replace its older A330s with either A350-900 or Boeing 777 aircraft.

LATAM Airlines Brazil has become the first airline to operate the Airbus A350-900 in the Americas, beginning with its route between Orlando and Sao Paulo.

Qantas Airways has concluded that the dozen A380s that it already operates are sufficient to meet current and projected route needs, and has delayed indefinitely its remaining order for an additional eight A380s.

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