Wednesday, 19 October 2011

My Journal on Civil Aviation (19th October 2011)

Hi guys, thanks for reading my first part.

Today's topic would be on the Boeing 787 dreamliner.

Photos of the Boeing 787 dreamliner, taken from airliners.net

ANA's economy class and business class

















As you guys know, this plane had been delayed for 3 years and finally delivered to ANA last month (Sept 2011). Well, its better late than never. For aviation buffs like us, its great to have a new airplane type to spot even though its another twin plane which some of us may find it boring!

In this journal entry, I would not go into details on the delays, but instead of focus on the positive aspects of this aircraft. I think its best not to be too harsh on Boeing, as building an advance plane is not easy as we all think would be. Nevertheless, a new Boeing product is born and the excitement of seeing them flying around the world is definitely overwhelming!


The current order of the Boeing 787 taken from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Boeing_787_orders


Orders sortable(deliveries), presorted by customer


All Nippon Airways launched the 787 Dreamliner program with an order for 50 aircraft in 2004. Currently, the carrier has the most orders for the airplane by an airline
Flag Customer EIS* 787-8 787-9 787-10 Total Orders GE RR
Aeroflot 22 22
Aeroméxico 2 2 *
Air Berlin 15 15
Air Canada 37 37 *
Air China 15 15 *
Air Europa 8 8 *
Air India 27 27 *
Air New Zealand 8 8 *
Air Niugini 1 1 *
ALAFCO 14 14 *
All Nippon Airways 2011 40 (2) 15 55 *
Arik Air 7 7 *
Arkia 2 2
Avianca 12 12 *
Aviation Capital Group 5 5
AWAS 1 1 *
Azerbaijan Airlines 2 2 *
Biman Bangladesh Airlines 4 4
British Airways 8 16 24 *
Business Jet / VIP Customer(s) 3 3 6 2
China Southern Airlines 10 10 *
CIT Leasing Corporation 10 10 2
Continental Airlines 11 14 25 *
Delta Air Lines 18 18 *
Ethiopian Airlines 10 10 *
Etihad Airways 31 31 *
Gulf Air 16 16
Hainan Airlines 10 10 *
Icelandair 1 1 *
ILFC 33 41 74 7 9
Japan Airlines 35 35 *
Jet Airways 10 10
Kenya Airways 9 9
Korean Air 10 10 *
LAN Airlines 22 4 26 *
LCAL 5 5 *
LOT Polish Airlines 8 8 *
Nakash 2 2 *
Norwegian Air Shuttle 3 3 *
PrivatAir 2 2
Qantas 15 35 50 *
Qatar Airways 30 30 *
Republic of Iraq 10 10
Royal Air Maroc 4 4 *
Royal Jordanian 7 7 *
Saudi Arabian Airlines 8 8
Singapore Airlines 20 20
Travel Service 1 1
TUI Travel PLC 13 13 *
? Unidentified Customer(s) 2 14 16 1
United Airlines 25 25
Uzbekistan Airways 2 2 *
VALC 8 8
Vietnam Airlines 8 8
Virgin Atlantic Airways 15 15 *


Do take note: GE - General Electric engines and RR - Roll Royce engines



The shocking news was that China Eastern cancelled their 787s and replaced them with the 737s and also ordered the A330s to replace the 787s. As much as I love the A330s, it was a total shock for me, I don't think many of us expected this to happen. Furthermore, it looked like China Southern may follow suit. Whatever that went wrong is between Boeing and these airlines, its only speculation from what actually happened in the negotiation room between them. If you ask me about the thoughts of it, I think it could likely to be the overweight of the aircraft and some other technical issues which did not satisfy them. (Pure speculation). I think the 787-9 would suit them better, for their needs. Only time will tell whether they will re-order the 787s. In another news, ANA has hit their 787 to

For those who are curious about the difference between 787-8 and 787-9 is that, the 787-8 is shorter in fuselage and can only hold the maximum capacity of 250, while the 787-9 is longer in fuselage and can hold the maximum capacity of 290. Whether the Boeing 787-10 would be launched all depends on Boeing, as they need either the 787-10 or the rumored 777X to compete against the A350 family. These are exciting times for us, and of course we hope to see more varients of the 787 and to fly on one.

My friends and I have plans to fly on the 787-8 with JAL and ANA hopefully in summer next year in Japan. It was announced that JAL would fly their 787 to SIN, which was of course, a welcome news to the aviation community over here. One of my strongest wish is to fly an inaugural flight which I had never done before, and I would want to do the inaugural return flight to NRT!

Conclusion

Despite the delays and the initial problems with the aircraft, I believe that Boeing would constantly improve the aircraft and winning more orders from current operators. A perfect 767 replacement and those airlines that are operating the A330s, would find them a great addition to their fleet as well, especially with the prices of fuel is at a rocketing sky high! This aircraft would be the backbone for most of the airlines operating this type.


Thank you for reading my 2nd journal entry on civil aviation!

Cheers
Charles

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