Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wide Body Report - February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

Airlines are continuing to squeeze additional seating capacity out of their aircraft.  Early Boeing 777 airlines featured 9 seats in each row of their economy class in the mid-1990s, where today's aircraft typically squeeze in 10 seats abreast.

Boeing has announced plans to make parts for its 737 and 777 airliners in Europe for the first time.

Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Oman Air has added the Boeing 787-9 to its operational fleet, where it joins two new 737-800s which were also added over the past two months.

Boeing's total order book for the 787 Dreamliner recently reached 1,207 aircraft, three more than the Boeing 767 sold throughout its 40-year service history.

Lufthansa has taken delivery of its second Airbus A350-900.  The airline has an additional 14 on order.  Mumbai is expected to be the next destination serviced by Lufthansa's new extra-wide fleet.

Finnair expects to begin flying the Airbus A350-900 on its daily London to Helsinki route, beginning in late March.

Airbus has begun to retire the A380 prototypes that were part of the original flight test program.

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