Boeing Posts

Emirates adds second daily Seattle flight: is there an ulterior motive?

Emirates Airline will be increasing Seattle capacity this summer by adding a second daily nonstop flight between its Dubai hub and the Pacific northwest. Currently, the carrier operates a single daily 777-300ER flight into SeaTac, a route that has been in operation since March 2012, that arrives ...

The Boeing 747 - 45 Years Young Today

Today is an important milestone date for aviation enthusiasts everywhere.  The world's first jumbo jet, the Boeing 747, entered commercial service exactly 45 years ago today, when a Pan Am 747 took off from New York's JFK Airport to London Heathrow at 1:52 A.M. EST on January 22, 1970.  ...

American Airlines reconfigured 777-200s ready to fly in June 2014

The time could not come sooner for American Airlines to phase in it's reconfigured Boeing 777-200ER variants into long-haul service, and fortunately, a launch date has been officially set for June 12, 2014. According to Lucky at Boarding Area, the inaugural flight will be AA 0945/0940 from ...

The True Cost of Building the 777X Includes Cheap Labor

Boeing wants incentives from both its home state and its employees for its just announced 777X project.  Due to workers not agreeing to cuts in benefits, assembly will likely be done elsewhere, possibly even outside the US.  Everett, Renton, and the entire state of Washington have helped ...

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Catches Fire at London Heathrow

More problems for Boeing's 787 program, this time in London:
An internal fire broke out on Friday on a Boeing 787 that Ethiopian Airlines had parked between flights at London’s Heathrow Airport, the airport said.
The plane was in a remote area, and no passengers were on board. But ...

787 update: all operators to resume services by June

Last week, I published a post detailing the resumption time lines of the 787 Dream liner which has been grounded since January 16 (my birthday) due to battery overheating. Since the time of the grounding, Boeing has began the process of installing modified batteries housed in a stainless steel box ...
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Will the 787 'nightmare' be over soon? Part II

Above: moving map display on ANA flight NH1077 from Seattle to Tokyo Narita, my first 787 flight which I flew on October 25, 2012. The flight has since been pulled from service due to the aircraft grounding (see below) 
Author's note: this my second post discussing the recent 787 ...

Will the 787 'nightmare' be over soon? Part I

Above: All Nippon Airways JA813A, a 787 I flew from Seattle to Tokyo on October 25, 2012, prior to the aircraft's grounding. Photo taken by me @SeaTac airport
No-going for Boeing
It's been nearly a decade since Boeing Co. unveiled cutting-edge plans to launch the Boeing 787 Dream ...

Thoughts on United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

So for the Star Alliance MegaDo 4, the plane was advertised as being a reconfigured 767-400.  However, as the FAA filing for the event was published, there was an aircraft substitution that was never announced to everyone.  As everyone knows, sometimes that can be a bad thing, sometimes it ...

Lufthansa’s New Business Class – B747-8i

In early July I got the opportunity to fly on the new Lufthansa B747-8i in business class.

This new aircraft was the first to have LH’s new flatbed Business class seats. Over all it is a major improvement from the old LH seats in Business class. I was able to score a seat in the ...

United Announces Additional 787 Routes

Although United Airlines, with great fanfare, announced that the Boeing 787 would operate the carrier's new Denver-Tokyo Narita route next year, that will not be the first route we will see United's newest fleet addition on. Today, United filled us in on what other routes we can look for the ...

Memorial Day 2012

Despite the irony of Boeing depending on war and carnage, and thereby the death of soldiers, to stay profitable, the aerospace firm manages to put together a nice Memorial Day ad each year. This year's ad is compelling and reminds us of the sacrifice borne by soldiers in both wars present and wars ...

Boeing Customer Experience Center

One of the megado exclusives was the Boeing Customer Experience Center.  Now, this is not a place where the average person can just go and check-out the options available for the aircraft, especially since some of these options will never see passenger use because they take too much space. ...

Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2011 photos: part 3 - the 787

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have lots of photos from my visit to Oshkosh for EAA Airventure 2011.  This post contains photos of the 787 Dreamliner which was on site just for the day.  My last post had photos of  military aircraft mostly from the afternoon Airventure airshow. ...

American Airlines Orders 460 Narrow Body Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s

It's been rumored for weeks, but American Airlines finally made the announcement this morning that they have placed an order for 460 new narrow body single-aisle aircraft. Somewhat surprisingly, the all Boeing airline has split this order between Boeing and Airbus. Additionally, American is moving ...

787 Delay Prompts United to Postpone Launch of Houston-Auckland Service

Back in May, Continental announced plans to begin non-stop service between Houston and Auckland in November 2011 on one their newly-delivered 787-8 aircraft. 
But if you've been reading the news lately, you know that Boeing has, well, run into a few (more) problems with their 787 program. ...
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Boeing's latest option -- Sunroofs

Last week an American Airlines plane flying from Miami to Boston experienced a decompression and a hole ripped open in the skin of the airplane above the forward door.  Fortunately there were no injuries and the plane returned to Miami without any further incident.

This is the second of two incidents recently and Boeing recently issued a bulletin about structual fatigue for certain models of 757s.  

Nonetheless, it's not every day you get to see a picture and since one popped up on the internetz, i wanted to share.

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MIT Proposes Next Generation 737 - Increasing Fuel Efficiency by 70%

Although the prototype design appears unconventional based on the way we currently envision commercial aircraft, MIT is serious: the technology exists to substantially decrease fuel consumption while not compensating performance. Take a look at their proposal, at left, for the future of Boeing's 737 ...

56th Anniversary of Boeing 367-80, the Prototype that Became the 707

Yesterday marked the 56th Anniversary of the plane that became known as the 707 and propelled commercial aviation into the jet age. On July 15, 1954 the Boeing 367-80, nicknamed the Dash-80, made its first test flight from Renton Field in Seattle.
The 707 was not the first commercial jet ...