Boeing Posts

Should I Fly the Iran Air 747SP?

I do not have many regrets in life, but three big regrets are never flying the Concorde, Boeing 707, and Lockheed L1011. Had my aviation enthusiasm begun just a couple years earlier I am certain I would have flown on all three aircraft types. Now comes another hard decision.
With most ...

Malaysia Airlines 747 Hijacks My A380!

Malaysia Airlines has six three A380s that are utilized to operate two daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and London, though apparently that is logistically impossible for the troubled carrier. To wit, the carrier has brought a 747-400 out of retirement with a dated business and first class product ...

Trip Report: Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo to Los Angeles, Boeing 777-300ER

This Japan Airlines first class flight review is part of my around the world trip using the last of my US Airways Dividend Miles a few months ago. My post on how I booked this trip last year can be found here.
About 30 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge ...

Flight Review - AA 787 Business Class DFW to Chicago

I previously covered the exciting inaugural flight of American's 787 Dreamliner on May 7th, reviewing the Main Cabin (economy class) product.  My original intention was to fly both economy and business class on the same day to compare and contrast the products, but unfortunately, scheduling ...

Flight Review - Dreamliner vs. Mad Dog on American Airlines

As mentioned in my teaser post from Wednesday, I had the privilege of being on American's inaugural 787 flight from Dallas to Chicago on Thursday morning, along with fellow UPGRDrs Rocky and Daniel.  I live in the DFW area, and when the announcement came out that the inaugural would take off ...

DFW's Dreamliner Era Begins Tomorrow

A China Southern Boeing 787 taxiing to the gate at San Francisco International Airport
It's been an exciting past year or so in the Dallas-Ft. Worth aviation scene, as we've had many notable events such as the ending of the Wright Amendment restrictions at Dallas Love Field (DAL) and a ...

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 ...