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Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Japan Airlines

Oneworld member Japan Airlines (JAL) took delivery of its first two Boeing 787 Dreamliners at the end of March, and have added the new plane type quickly into its operating fleet. JAL is the second Japanese operator of the type after ANA started flying their first Dreamliner late in October, 2011 – more than three years after the original delivery date – but the first to use General Electric GEnx-powered aircraft.

The two brand new Boeing 787s (registration numbers: JA825J and JA822J) were delivered to JAL on March 25 and touched down at Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports respectively on the 27th of March. Following one month of familiarization, training and marketing flights, the first revenue round-trip flight was completed to Boston Logan airport in the United States on April 22nd. This is the first ever non-stop flight to connect Boston with Asia, and marked the debut of the 787 in the USA. The second scheduled destination is Delhi, with flights starting on the 1st of May.

The 787 is scheduled to be deployed on routes between Tokyo and Beijing (May 7, Haneda), Moscow (May 7), Singapore (September) and Helsinki (March 2013) as soon as subsequent aircraft are delivered and all necessary preparations are completed. JAL will later this year (in December), also use this super-efficient aircraft to start yet another first nonstop service between a US city and Asia with the launch of direct flights between Tokyo (Narita) and San Diego.

JAL’s 787 Dreamliner is configured in two classes with 42 seats in business and 144 seats in economy (186 altogether). The Executive Class has a 2-2-2 configuration so that customers are either seated by the window or along the aisle. The 144 Economy Class seats have 2 cm (0.8 inches) wider space than current seats and is arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

Some highlights of the revolutionary aircraft include larger windows with electronically dimmable shades, as well as higher ceilings, lower cabin pressure and better humidity for a noticeably more comfortable in-flight experience. JAL’s hospitality is reflected in customer-contact points throughout the cabin and even in the work space for cabin attendants such as the kitchen equipment in the galley. Utilizing the LED lights in the Dreamliner, JAL created an original cabin lighting design to enhance the ambience onboard with a sense of the four seasons in Japan, such as pink hues of cherry blossoms in spring, or sky blue in the summer months of July and August. The lighting also adapts at various timings during the flight, to make the environment more conducive during meal service and for resting or waking up. A brand new type of in-flight entertainment is also introduced onboard JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, called SKY MANGA which reflects a distinctive part of the Japanese culture. There will be more than 30 titles of Japanese comics available in electronic versions on JAL’s in-flight entertainment system initially, with expansion to English versions planned for the near future.

JAL has firm orders for 25 787-8s, including the two delivered Monday, and 20 Boeing 787-9s plus 20 787 options, meaning if all are exercised, the Japanese carrier will be operating 65 Dreamliners (currently it has 209 aircraft altogether).

by balint01


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flight Test News

Following a very long wait for the first flight of the Dreamliner, the Boeing 787 Flight Test Program is finally progressing in full swing.

Boeing plans to complete the Flight Test Schedule of the new composite 787 Dreamliner model with 6 test airplanes. They are code-named as ZA001 -> ZA006.

ZA001: The first plane to fly, it is destined for general flight tests. Painted in the Dreamliner Marketing color scheme and temporarily registered as N787BA, the plane has been clocking up flight hours since December 15, 2009. It actually suffered an “uncommanded loss of thrust in one of the engines” last Friday (February 19), but such events are totally acceptable during flight testing. The aircraft was carrying out flutter testing (a dangerous test of the wings, the tail and the aircraft structure against in-flight vibrations), and executed an unplanned landing at Grant County International Airport in central Washington State, some 200 miles East from Paine Field. The Trent 1000 engines were inspected together with manufacturer Rolls-Royce, and the issue was traced back to “a pressure-sensing component within the engine”. Parts were transported to the aircraft and it returned to Paine Field, Everett on Sunday morning. Boeing VP-Marketing Randy Tinseth said ZA001 “will soon return to flutter testing. . .This is what happens during flight testing–and our plan accommodates such events.

ZA002: The second plane to fly, it is focusing on systems performance tests. Painted in launch customer Japanese All Nippon Airways (ANA)’s color scheme, it carries the temporary registration: N787EX. It first flew just one week after ZA001, on December 22, 2009.

ZA003: This plane will join the test fleet at a later date.

ZA004: The third 787 to start the flight test program, but actually the fourth test aircraft built. It carries the preliminary registration N7874 and is painted in the white version of the Dreamliner Boeing scheme. It took off on its first flight on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 11:43 am local time, from Paine Field, Everett. According to Boeing, this plane flew before the ZA003 because the data that it will collect “is needed more quickly both for certification and development of the 787-9” (the planned longer version of the 787). ZA004 flew for 3 hours and 2 minutes, reached an altitude of 30,000 feet and an airspeed of 255 knots (293 miles or 472 km/h)and “operated flawlessly,” according to Captain Heather Ross – who is probably the first woman flying the 787 Dreamliner. Together with Craig Bomben they completed the flight at 2:45 p.m., landing at Boeing Field in Seattle. Flight-test personnel were also on board to monitor airplane performance. Ross will serve as chief pilot for ZA004. This airplane will be used to accomplish the following types of tests: aerodynamics, high-speed performance, propulsion performance, flight loads, community noise and extended operations (ETOPS) and other test conditions. As the testing of the 787 fleet progresses, the airplane will fly at its expected in-service maximum altitude of 40,000 feet (12,192 m) and speed of Mach 0.85.

by balint01


Boeing’s 787 was called Dreamliner before it became 787. Why?

Take a look at these pictures and decide it yourself:

The Dreamliner
OK, A 380 looks good, too. So why is Dreamliner really a dream aircraft for an airline? Its size is the same as 767 – a small plane among the big ones. Dreamliner can be operated on a much lower cost though as the new engines burn 25% less fuel than 767. he medium sized plane can be easily loaded both on short and long haul and due to low operation costs, it can be very cost effective destinations and for luxury purposes mostly. Today I was still a little bit for the airline. A veryThe Dreamliner basic proof of this idea is the fact Ryanair has already ordered 130 of these and apparently they will change their complete fleet and use only 787s. A 380s were ordered only by airlines with massive long haul surprised to read it in the news that Aeroflot ordered Dreamliners. Not because it wasn’t a logical decision. Rather because I thought it was unreachably expensive for an Eastern European airline, but apparently it is not the fact. Aeroflot is getting prepared for the upcoming competition in Russia. They joined Sky Team, one of the 3 main alliances in the world and now they are renewing their fleet. They are still state-owned, which is always a huge wieght an airline needs to carry, but I really hope they will cope with the new business situation.

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