Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Wide Body Report - October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

The Dubai-based leasing firm Novus has confirmed an agreement with Emirates for the supply of an additional Boeing 777-300ER.  This will be the fourth 777 that the firm will have placed with Emirates.

SWISS has announced plans to replace another Airbus A340 with a Boeing 777-300ER, bringing their 777 fleet to ten aircraft.

China Southern Airlines has ordered 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, a deal valued at $3.2 billion at list prices.

Spirit AeroSystems has completed its 500th composite forward fuselage for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

An American Airlines Boeing 787 en route from Shanghai to Chicago made an emergency landing in Cold Bay Alaska, after an engine warning light indicated a possible malfunction.  American Airlines' 787s are powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines.

An Airbus A350-900 destined for Singapore Airlines recently became the 10,000th Airbus airplane to be delivered.  This was also the sixth A350-900 to be delivered to Singapore Airlines.

The first A350-900 to wear Lufthansa colors rolled out of the paint booth this past week.

Bureaucratic delays with Australian airworthiness officials have delayed the roll-out of Thai Airways International's new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which had been slated to operate on its Melbourne route.  The A350-900 received airworthiness certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in September 2014, with certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) two months later, but has yet to be certified by Australian officials.

Airbus has completed installation of Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines on its first A350-1000 prototype, and expects to begin ground tests in preparation for a first flight later this year.  The stretched A350 model features an all-new wing and greater fuel capacity.  A total of 195 firm orders for the new type have been placed so far.

A Lufthansa Airbus A380 superjumbo airline received an escort of Bulgarian MiG-29s as it landed in Sofia, Bulgaria for the first time.  The A380 was sent on a promotional tour to advertise the new long-haul routes that Lufthansa is opening up to and from eastern Europe.

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