Home' Asian Aviation : AAV November 2011 Contents Boeing has revealed, in a filing to the US Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC), that first deliveries
of the 747-8 Intercontinental and the 787-9 have
both been delayed.
The first example of the passenger version of the
747-8 will now be handed over to a VIP customer
in the first quarter of 2012, instead of late this
year as previously stated. Deliveries of the 787-9 to
launch customer Air New Zealand will now begin
in early 2014, instead of late 2013.
The delay to the 747-8I has been attributed to a
hold-up in the test programme and the time it has
taken to introduce required design changes.
“The 747-8 Intercontinental remains on
track for certification in the fourth quarter,”
the manufacturer says in its Form 10-Q filing,
covering its third-quarter results. “First delivery
is now scheduled for first quarter 2012 due to a
delay in flight-testing and the time required to
incorporate all flight test driven changes.”
The hold-up to the 787-9 has arisen in the wake
of the aircraft’s critical design review, although
Boeing says it is continuing to seek opportunities
to catch up on its earlier schedule. Boeing last said
in July that it would hand the first -9 over in late
2013, although the company did add that it was
constantly re-examining its schedule.
“With successful completion of the 787-9
critical design review we have assessed the
schedule and first delivery is now expected in
early 2014, although we continue to look for
opportunities to regain schedule,” Boeing says in
its filing to the SEC. “In addition, we continue to
work with our customers and suppliers to assess
the specific impacts of prior schedule changes,
including requests for contractual relief related
to delivery delays and supplier assertions.”
– Andrzej Jeziorski
Boeing delays 747-8I, 787-9 deliveries
All Nippon completes first 787
passenger charter flight
10 AsianAviation | NOVEM BER 2011
Both of Boeing’s new aircraft programmes have been affected by fresh delays to their delivery schedules.
NEWS IN BRIEF
AIR PACIFIC, the national carrier of Fiji, has
signed a firm contract to buy three new
A330-200 widebody twinjets to replace its
existing fleet of Boeing 747s and 767s. The
new aircraft will be delivered in 2013 and will
fly on trans-Pacific routes to Los Angeles and
throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including
Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
“The A330 is the most versatile and fuel-
efficient aircraft in its category today, and it
is clearly the best aircraft for modernising our
fleet, optimising our network and ensuring
future growth opportunities as we position
Air Pacific to be the preferred airline in the
South Pacific,” says Dave Pflieger, the airline’s
managing director and chief executive officer.
EMBRAER says it delivered 28 commercial
aircraft and 18 executive jets in the third
quarter of 2011. When the period ended on
30 September, the Brazilian manufacturer
says its firm-order backlog totalled US$16
billion. In the three-month period, Embraer
sold 17 E-Jets: two Embraer 190s to US lessor
GECAS and another ten to Kenya Airways,
along with five Embraer 195s to Germany’s
Lufthansa. China Southern Airlines became
the newest E-Jets operator and received the
800th aircraft delivered, leased from China’s
CDB Leasing, which ordered 20 of the jets.
All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline,
made aviation history on 26 October with the
completion of the first ever passenger flight of the
new Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’.
The charter flight took off just after midday
local time from Tokyo’s Narita Airport, with more
than 240 passengers on board. It landed four and
a half hours later in Hong Kong.
ANA says scheduled domestic services using the
aircraft will begin on 1 November, followed by
international flights “in the following two months”,
starting with flights to Beijing and Frankfurt.
ANA has ordered 55 787s and has received two
to date, with a total of 20 expected to be handed
over by the end of the 2012 business year. The
airline says the aircraft will eventually help it save
¥10 billion (US$130 million) a year in fuel costs.
Built mainly from carbon-fibre composite material,
the aircraft offers a 20 percent reduction in fuel
consumption compared with current competitors.
It also includes innovations such as a cabin altitude
of 6,000ft instead of the 8,000ft that is standard
today, as well as increased air humidity, offering
passengers a more comfortable travel environment.
Japanese manufacturers supply approximately
35 percent of the aircraft’s parts, including key
sections of the wings and fuselage.
The 787 entered operational service despite
concern over an incident where the first aircraft
suffered slight surface damage to an engine inlet
cowling after hitting a passenger bridge while being
towed on 13 October, just two weeks after delivery.
However, the aircraft continued flight-testing the
following day after checks were completed.
The second aircraft was delivered on 16
October. – Andrzej Jeziorski
28/10/11 8:21 PM
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