Boeing 787

July 27, 2011 - 6:49am

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) announced yesterday it has completed an agreement to lease six Boeing 787-8s and two new 787-9s to Thai Airways. The agreement also includes options on another two 787-9s.

All the leases cover a 12-year term. The agreement calls for Thai Airways to receive the eight 787s between 2014 and 2017.

ILFC stands as the largest customer for the 787, with 74 aircraft on order.

July 25, 2011 - 9:10am
Boeing’s 787 production line remains stalled as workers scramble to execute e...

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said today it expects to take delivery of the first production Boeing 787 in September, roughly a month before a planned, inaugural charter flight between Toyko Narita International Airport and Hong Kong. Following a pair of one-hour, domestic excursions out of Narita, ANA plans to launch scheduled service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Okayama or between Haneda and Hiroshima.

July 11, 2011 - 8:50am
Boeing and ANA conducted a number of validation exercises with 787 flight-tes...

Boeing’s 787 service-readiness validation in Japan has drawn to a close, following nearly a week of flying and ground exercises at five airports.

July 1, 2011 - 4:13am
Boeing plans to deliver ANA’s first 787—expected to sport a special livery–in...

Boeing early last week launched function and reliability (F&R) testing and extended operations (ETOPS) demonstrations on the 787 Dreamliner, marking the start of the final phase of flight testing before certification.

July 1, 2011 - 4:13am
Although it appears to have solved most of the manufacturing “issues” associa...

Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica will now serve as a “second source” of the composite horizontal stabilizer for the Boeing 787-9 under a plan to move primary responsibility for the component to Boeing’s Advanced Development Center in Seattle. Under a new contract Boeing recently signed with Alenia, the Italian manufacturer will lose its position as prime contractor for the component starting in 2013, according to a Boeing statement.

June 29, 2011 - 11:22am

As I flew home amid the screaming babies in the back of a packed 767 from Charles de Gaulle Airport to New York’s JFK, something struck me as different about this Paris Air Show, apart from the exceptional number of orders and so-called commitments the world’s civil aircraft manufacturers had managed to collect for broadcast at Le Bourget.

June 28, 2011 - 9:52am

Boeing today celebrated the opening of a new 787 vertical-fin assembly line at its production facility in Salt Lake City. Operated by Boeing Fabrication, the site will construct the composite, vertical-fin assemblies for 787 Dreamliners built at Boeing’s new plant in Charleston, S.C. The company expects to start production in Charleston next month.

June 23, 2011 - 1:43am

Rolls-Royce has revealed how it will increase the thrust of the baseline engine it is developing for the Airbus A350 by 13,000lbs 000 pounds to meet the take-off and climb requirements of the heavier, longer-range A350-1000.

The new Trent XWB version will produce 97,000 pounds lb at take-off, making it the most powerful production engine R-R has ever built,  – and that Airbus has ever used.

June 22, 2011 - 4:00am

With some 30 airplanes in various stages of completion parked outside the 787 production line in Everett, Washington, Boeing’s goal to deliver at least a dozen of the carbon-fiber jetliners after it gains expected certification this year might seem as remote as its aim to meet each of its customers’ mission requirements.

June 21, 2011 - 8:50pm

GE Aviation has launched its GEnx TruEngine program on the GEnx-1B engine and granted TruEngine designation to Air India’s GEnx-1B engine fleet. Air India has ordered GEnx-1B engines for its 27 Boeing 787-8 aircraft.