The Dreamliner series of aircraft from Boeing is one of the most advanced commercial jets out there. With more usage of composites than ever before, the Dreamliner is one of the most economical, light yet strongest commercial jets out there and obviously there is a lot of interest and excitement around them. While in India, we have already seen Air India receive its first batch of orders, the same cannot be said for all the customers.
One of the largest customers of the Dreamliner is the UAE based, Etihad Airways, which has ordered a total of 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The first of these aircrafts is expected to be delivered towards the end of the year and as a result work on the same is progressing really fast. Boeing and Etihad, this weekend revealed to the world the very first fully painted Etihad owned, Dreamliner. As expected, the fleet has a unique livery or paint and features various facets of desert from Abu Dhabi, giving a feel of the origins of the airliner.
James Hogan, president and CEO, Etihad Airways said,
The U.S. is a strategically important part of our network. As we celebrate the rollout of our first 787 today, we remain focused on bringing Etihad Airways’ world-class hospitality and unparalleled product experience to provide more choice to Americans traveling with us worldwide. We are also very proud to support vital U.S. businesses including Boeing as one of the largest airline customers for the Dreamliner, an aircraft that will play a fundamental role in the future of our growing international network.
While we were really disappointed with Air India for going ahead with the exact same livery on their Dreamliners like any other plane, it is exciting that Etihad has decided to do things differently, the way probably the 787 deserves.
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Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have announced an order of 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s aircraft. The 20 airplanes will cost the African airliner a net total of $2.1 billion at list price. Not just this, Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing also reached an agreement for an optional purchase of further 15 planes. The huge value of the order, makes it the largest single order that Boeing has ever received from an African carrier outlining the popularity of air travel in Ethiopia and potential connectivity.
The Boeing 737 MAX brings with it the newest Leap 1B engines made by GE as well as advanced winglets which promise a 14 percent more efficient fuel consumption as compared to the latest Boeing 737 aircraft and at least 20% improvement over the original 737. This order also takes the number of orders received for the 737 MAX aircraft to 2294 from a total of 43 countries, making it one of the hottest selling fleets around.
Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said of the historical move:
Today’s order underlines our commitment to our 15-year strategic plan, ‘Vision 2025’, in which Ethiopian will strive to become the leading airline group in Africa carrying 18 million passengers per annum. The 737 MAX will form a key component of that strategic vision, enhancing our single-aisle fleet and keeping us at the forefront of African aviation.
Speaking in Chicago, Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said:
This historic order for Boeing and our partner Ethiopian once again positions the carrier at the heart of African aerospace innovation with the acquisition of the 737 MAX. Throughout the years, Ethiopian has consistently led the way in introducing new airplane types to passengers across Africa. Today’s record order signals its commitment to continue that tradition.
The order is expected to be completed by 2025.
BOC Aviation is involved in the buying, leasing and selling of commercial aircrafts with headquarters in Singapore. It is one of the better known names when it comes to being the go to guys, if you are a startup in the airline industry and need the aircrafts. In their largest order till date, BOC have ordered a total of 82 brand new aircrafts from Boeing. The order includes 50 Boeing 737 Max-8s aircrafts, 30 Boeing 737-800 next generation aircrafts and 2 Boeing 777-300 ERs.
The aircrafts will add to the fleet of the leasers who in the leasing aircraft industry so far have the youngest fleet with average age of barely 4 years. It is no surprise that a big chunk of the order has gone for acquiring the 737-800s which has become the best selling aircraft in the arsenal of Boeing. The 777-300 ER on the other hand is capable of flying a range of about 7,825 Nautical Miles making it one of the preferred aircrafts for long distance flights.
Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said on the ocassion:
BOC Aviation has established a proven track record in the airplane leasing industry. They have played an important role in the success of the Next-Generation 737 and the 777-300ER in the leasing market by helping place the airplanes with airlines worldwide. We’re excited about our continued relationship with BOC Aviation and look forward to working with them on the new 737 MAX.
For the same, Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer, BOC Aviation said:
Following the successful placement of the 50 Next Generation 737 aircraft that we ordered in 2006, this is a continuation of our commitment to be responsive to airline customers which are expanding or replacing older fleets. The 737 is known for its operational and fuel efficiency, and BOC Aviation expects healthy demand for the Next Generation 737 and 737 MAX variants in the next seven years.
Unless you are an aviation geek, you would be forgiven if you did not know about the Farnborough Air Show. It is a trade show where Boeing and several other aircraft manufacturers are showing off their latest build of aircrafts. From Boeing’s side of the things, the main attraction is the Boeing 787-9, which is the latest variant of the Dreamliner, 787.
The 787-9 is a slightly bigger version of the 787-8 which is already deployed in service. The Boeing 787 family together boasts of 20% less fuel consumption in a similarly configured and ranged aircraft. With a seating capacity of 280 passengers, twin aisle configuration and a range of almost 15,500 km, the Boeing 787-9 is perfectly configured for both medium and long range journeys. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of .85 mach and should be first delivered by the middle of 2014.
At the Farnborough Airshow, we caught a glimpse of the advanced aerodynamics of the aircraft that allows it to perform some breath taking maneuvers showcasing the immaculate stability and control systems of the plane. So sit back, and enjoy the ride in the video below. make sure though, you have your seatbelts fastened.
Just days after the derailment of several coaches that were carrying fuselages as well as important assembly sections of several Boeing 777 and 737 aircrafts near Montana, Boeing has revealed its plans to introduce a brand new method of building fuselages. The method will be employed in Everett production plant and will take a few years to go live. It is being tested currently in the Anacortes facility in Washington.
The new method of fuselage assembly is called FAUB or Fuselage Automated Upright Build. As the name suggests, this is a highly automated process with several guiding robots involved. These robots will replace humans on several important task lines such as drilling holes as well as fastening the panels as well as filling. As of today, more than 60,000 fasteners are done by hand when putting together a fuselage. The move to FAUB will not only save time and be safer for the employees and more efficient way of doing things, but will also ensure minimum safety requirements are met without much hassle. Given the nature of work like drilling and filling, there have been questions raised in the past regarding how it may not be ideal for humans to carry them out, especially in such close proximity as it is required when assembling a fuselage.
This move towards FAUB is one of the several that Boeing has in mind as it moves towards more modern and advanced manufacturing processes for its Boeing 777. Already programs for new painted wings as well as drilling operations have been put in place.
Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 777 program and Everett site, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said of the move:
This is the first time such technology will be used by Boeing to manufacture widebody commercial airplanes and the 777 program is leading the way. We’re excited to continue improving the production process here and we’re positioning ourselves to begin building 777X airplanes in the future.
In a bid to retain its position as a top player when it comes to commercial flying, Boeing has decided to enhance its fleet and offerings by introducing a 200 seater Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. This gives the potential buyers an option of adding 11 addition passengers to the previously announced fleet of the 737 Max which would carry 189 passengers. Given the average 25 years of life, these 11 extra seats could prove to be a really big deal for those who are looking to purchase the next generation of the famous 737 aircraft.
The 737 Max 8 200 seater joins the likes of the 787-10 as well as the 777X in the widebody offerings of Boeing. Needless to say, Boeing is really ramping up the production of all the three aircraft to stay on top of its demand which already has surged past a figure of 649 for all the families of 777, 727 and 787 combined.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said of the move:
This new 200-seat 737 MAX 8 ensures we’ll retain our leadership in comfort, capacity and lower operating costs in the heart of the single-aisle market. With this increase in capacity and confidence in our engine and airplane testing, we’re on track to deliver a 20 percent more fuel efficient product than today’s Next-Generation 737. Our current and future widebody products leave no gaps in the market. Now that we’ve positioned ourselves for future growth, we’re focused on executing on our plans and production rate increases—delivering superior value to our customers. The market for commercial airplanes is stronger than ever, and we’re doing everything we can to get Boeing products into the hands of our customers as soon as possible.
Aviation technology has come a long way since the first flight in 1905. However, every now and again, we get these scares which clearly show that we are still some distance from perfecting the art of safe flying. While, flying by air is a lot more safer now than say 30 years ago, things are anything but perfect, and this was demonstrated at the Barcelona airport when a landing Boeing 767 almost collided with an Airbus A340 that was crossing the runway.
The pilots expertly handled the situation and performed a maneuver and lifted the aircraft moments before the touchdown and averted a collision with the A340 that was crossing the runway. After the swift lift off, the pilots performed an expert U-Turn and were able to land safely. The airport authorities were not concerned and said that there was sufficient distance between the two planes, but that cannot be far from the truth as the video shows, it was a proper hearts in the mouth moment.
The aircrafts in scenes were a Boeing 767 flight that was arriving from Moscow run by UT Air, while the aircraft crossing the runway was an Airbus A340 flight flying to Buenos Aires. The operations on the airport were not affected by the scare at all. Now you know all about what happened, time to check it out in real time. Here is the video footage:
It’s the sort of stuff you would see in one of the Bond Films, but hey, it’s going to be real, and very soon. Boeing has revealed it’s plan to the FCC that it plans to bring a smartphone that self destructs for security and safety purposes. Needless to say, this device will not be like any other phone and available for general public. The device is said to self destruct in 10 seconds, a bit like Snapchat messages if you want to compare to something. The device will be powered by Android and will be called Boeing Black. Boing revealed some more interesting thoughts about the device:
Boeing Black’s security is powered by the Boeing PureSecure architecture, which was designed from the outset for the mobile environment. Our architectural foundation is built upon layers of trust from embedded hardware, operating system policy controls, and compatibility with leading mobile device management systems. The device’s hardware roots of trust and trusted boot ensure the device starts in a trusted state, enabling maximum security of data. Hardware media encryption and configurable inhibit controls are embedded to protect the device, its data, and the transmission of information, significantly reducing the risk of mission compromise due to data loss.
The Boeing Black phone is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper proof covering to identify attempted disassembly. Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.
The cool thing about the phone is that it is made in the US and the back compartment of the device can be replaced by external modules such as one for Satellite receivers, extended battery etc. There is another rare quality about the device as it sports a PDMI output. The specs of the device are modest and has a 1590 mAh battery and a 4.3 in 960X540 resolution. There is LTE on board and a dual core A9 chip. How and where the device will be useful beyond gimmicky security places is yet to be seen and perhaps can only be answered when the device sees the light of the day.
Via: Android Central