Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wide Body Report - November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

United has announced plans to retire the last of its Boeing 747 aircraft by October 2018.

Phillipine Airlines (PAL) has inducted its seventh Boeing 777 into operational service.

Royal Jordanian has introduced a sixth Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet, with a seventh airplane scheduled for delivery next year.

China's Juneyao Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding for the delivery of five Boeing 787s.

The first Boeing 787 destined for Air France has entered flight trials in preparation for delivery.

A lawsuit has been filed against United Airlines, Boeing and engine manufacturer General Electric in connection with the Boeing 767 that suffered an engine failure and fire at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in October.  All 170 passengers and crew were successfully evacuated from the airplane, although 20 passengers reported minor injuries.

Lufthansa expects to receive its first Airbus A350-900 on December 19th, with commercial operation to commence in February.

Assembly has begun on the first six Airbus A350-900s ordered by Malaysia Airlines.

First flight of the Airbus A350-1000 has been scheduled for November 24th.  The A350-1000 is a stretched version of the airplane, featuring a new wing and greater range, that is expected to compete with the Boeing 777 for high-capacity, long-distance routes.  The smaller A350-900 competes with the Boeing 787 for sales.

Emirates has complained that the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines which are expected to equip 50 of its Airbus A380 super-jumbo aircraft have not been performing as advertized.  Emirates closed on a deal last year for the supply of the Trent engines, after previously purchasing GP7000 engines to equip its first batch of 90 A380 aircraft.  The first Trent-powered A380 is expected to be delivered to Emirates in December.

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