A day after resuming certification flight testing on the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing announced this morning that it expects delivery of the first production airplane to Japan’s All Nippon Airways in the third quarter of this year.
Boeing won’t consider submitting the 787 Dreamliner for certification in the third quarter without Etops capability, notwithstanding differences in qualification testing the FAA has instituted since the 777 earned its FAA ticket–complete with Etops approval–in 1995, CEO Jim McNerney said during the company’s January 26 fourth-quarter earnings call.
Bizjetliner completions specialist AMAC Aerospace has begun work on its first widebody VIP conversion. Last month, the Swiss company received a green Boeing 777-200 LR to be made into a luxury transport for Jeddah-based aircraft management firm Aviation Link.
The FAA has finalized a rule addressing more than 4,000 U.S.-registered aging commercial aircraft with a takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, certified after 1957 and operated under FAR Parts 121 or 129.
Gore Design Completions is introducing its "Wall" here at its NBAA booth (No. 3703). The mobile digital display will place all the San Antonio-based independent completion and refurbishment center's capabilities at the user's fingertips on a touch-screen monitor and even allow an animated "virtual walk" through past designs.
French operator Air Austral and Gulf carrier Qatar Airways are among several airlines revealed this week as previously unidentified Boeing customers. Both have announced earlier orders for two 777-200LRs, each deal speculatively valued at $501 million.
Michelin Inks 425-Aircraft Tire Deal
Tire manufacturer Michelin has signed two 10-year contracts with Air France and KLM to provide tires for “around 425 aircraft.” The aircraft, covered on a pay-by-the-landing basis, include 145 Airbus A320s, 66 Boeing 737s, 34 Boeing 777-300ERs and three Airbus A380s, among others.
L-3 Link on a Mission for the U.S. Air Force
Switzerland’s Amac Aerospace has extended its aircraft completions portfolio by securing approval from Airbus as an official completions center for its line of VIP aircraft. Meanwhile, the Basel-based facility has also just won two big completions projects for Boeing 777 widebodies, which are due to be delivered green to Amac in November and December.
Boeing has added the fourth 787 to its flight-test fleet with yesterday’s first flight of Dreamliner ZA003. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 10:55 a.m. local time and landed at 2:01 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Captains Ray Craig and Mike Bryan piloted the airplane on its three-hour, six-minute flight. ZA003 is the final 787 with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to enter the flight-test program.
A fuel-flow restriction at the fuel/oil heat exchanger (FOHE) on the right engine and “most likely” on the left-hand FOHE resulted in the January 2008 crash of a 777