Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

First aircraft Scoot-s in

Monday, 19 March 2012



Singapore Airlines’ subsidiary and new low-cost carrier, Scoot Airlines has welcomed the arrival of its first aircraft, a Boeing 777-200.

Purchased from SIA but bearing Scoot registration, 9V-OTA, the aircraft will undergo heavy maintenance over the coming months including refitting with Scoot colours and cabin product before being painted in the airline’s livery.

Expected to take-off operations from mid-2012 the carrier said Sydney would serve as its first international destination followed by the Gold Coast.

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  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0268; Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-129-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for
certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900
series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of
incorrectly installed bolts common to the rear spar termination fitting
on the horizontal stabilizer. This proposed AD would require inspecting
for a serial number that starts with the letters ``SAIC'' on the left-
and right-side horizontal stabilizer identification plate; a detailed
inspection for correct bolt protrusion and chamfer of the termination
fitting bolts of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, if necessary;
inspecting to determine if certain bolts are installed, if necessary,
and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This
proposed AD would also require

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repetitive inspections for cracking of the termination fitting at
certain bolt locations, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this
AD to prevent loss of structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer
attachment and loss of control of the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
   For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.
O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, Washington 98124-2207; telephone 206-
544-5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; email;
Internet You may review copies of the
referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane
Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information
on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (425) 227-1221.

Examining the AD Docket

   You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at; or in person at the Docket Management Facility
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal
holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory
evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street
address for the Docket Office (phone: (800) 647-5527) is in the
ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly
after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Marsh, Aerospace Engineer,
Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office
(ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone: 425-
917-6440; fax: 425-917-6590; email:


Comments Invited

   We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2012-0268;
Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-129-AD'' at the beginning of your
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory,
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend
this proposed AD because of those comments.
   We will post all comments we receive, without change, to, including any personal information you provide. We
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we
receive about this proposed AD.


   We received reports of incorrectly installed bolts common to the
rear spar terminal fitting of the horizontal stabilizer. During
manufacturing, the termination fitting bolts were installed without
proper thread protrusion due to missing washers. This resulted in an
unclamped condition between the horizontal stabilizer rear spar and the
termination fitting. Loose bolts attaching the horizontal stabilizer
termination fitting can lead to premature cracking of the fitting. This
condition, if not corrected, could result in the loss of structural
integrity of the horizontal stabilizer attachment and loss of control
of the airplane.

Relevant Service Information

   We reviewed Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30,
2011. This service information describes procedures for inspecting for
a serial number that starts with the letters ``SAIC'' on the left- and
right-side horizontal stabilizer identification plate; a detailed
inspection for correct bolt protrusion and chamfer of the termination
fitting fasteners of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, if necessary;
an inspection to determine if certain bolts are installed, if
necessary, and related investigative and corrective actions if
necessary. This service information also describes procedures for
repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) and ultrasonic (UT)
inspections for cracking of the termination fitting at certain bolt
locations, and repair if necessary.
   The related investigative action is a detailed inspection for
damage (including chafing, galling, nicks, gouges, and exposed bare
metal) of the bolt shank. The corrective action includes installing new
hardware, replacing the bolt with a new bolt, and contacting The Boeing
Company for repair instructions and doing the repair.
   The initial compliance time for certain airplanes is before 32,000
total flight cycles or within 12 months after the original issue date
of the service information. For certain other airplanes, the initial
compliance time is before 36,000 total flight cycles or within 12
months after the original issue date of the service information.

FAA's Determination

   We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is
likely to exist or develop in other products of these same type

Proposed AD Requirements

   This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified
in the service information described previously, except as discussed
under ``Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service

Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service Information

   Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30, 2011, does not
specify doing an inspection for bolt type. This proposed AD would
require inspection for correct bolt type. If incorrect bolt type is
found, paragraph (k) of this proposed AD would require repair using a
method approved in accordance with paragraph (l).
   Figure 1 of Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30,
2011, contains an error. The illustration of an identification plate
that points to the location of a part number should point to the serial
number and the example ``SAIC 1234'' should be located on the serial
number line. This proposed AD requires an inspection for an
identification plate with a serial number that starts with the letters
   Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30, 2011,
specifies to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to repair
certain conditions, but this proposed AD would require repairing those
conditions in one of the following ways:
    In accordance with a method that we approve; or
    Using data that meet the certification basis of the
airplane, and that have been approved by the Boeing Commercial
Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) whom

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we have authorized to make those findings.

Costs of Compliance

   We estimate that this proposed AD affects 373 airplanes of U.S.
   We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                Estimated Costs
                                                                                    Cost per      Cost on U.S.
               Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
Inspection............................  1 work-hour x $85 per                 $0             $85         $31,705
                                        hour = $85 per
                                        inspection cycle.
Replacement of bolts..................  17 work-hours x $85 per            1,530           2,975       1,109,675
                                        hour = $1,445.

   We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide
a cost estimate for the on-condition actions (contacting Boeing and
repairing cracks or damage) specified in this AD.
   According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed
AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on
affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected
individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost

Authority for This Rulemaking

   Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
   We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ``General
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

   We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
   For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed
   (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive
Order 12866,
   (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),
   (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
   (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

   Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by
reference, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

   Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:


   1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

   Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

   2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new
airworthiness directive (AD):

The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA-2012-0268; Directorate Identifier

(a) Comments Due Date

   We must receive comments by May 4, 2012.

(b) Affected ADs


(c) Applicability

   This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -
700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes, certificated in any category,
as identified in Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March
30, 2011.

(d) Subject

   Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association
(ATA) of America Code 55: Stabilizer.

(e) Unsafe Condition

   This AD was prompted by reports of incorrectly installed bolts
common to the rear spar termination fitting of the horizontal
stabilizer. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of structural
integrity of the horizontal stabilizer attachment and loss of
control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

   Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified,
unless already done.

(g) Inspecting the Horizontal Stabilizer and Corrective Actions

   Except as provided by paragraph (i) of this AD, at the
applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of
Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30, 2011: Do an
inspection for a serial number that starts with the letters ``SAIC''
on the identification plates of the left- and right-side horizontal
stabilizers, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of
Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30, 2011.
   (1) If a serial number starting with the letters ``SAIC'' is
found on a horizontal stabilizer identification plate: Except as
provided by paragraph (i) of this AD, at the applicable times
specified in paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of Boeing Service
Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30, 2011, do a detailed inspection
for correct bolt protrusion and correct chamfer of the termination
fitting bolts of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, in accordance
with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 737-
55-1090, dated March 30, 2011. Concurrently with the detailed
inspection, inspect to determine if bolts other than part number (P/
N) BACB30US14K() or BACB30US16K(), as applicable, are installed.
Before further flight, do all applicable related investigative and
corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment
Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30,
   (2) If no SAIC serial number is found, no further action is
required by this AD.

(h) High Frequency Eddy Current and Ultrasonic Inspections of
Termination Fitting and Repair

   For any location where a new bolt having a P/N BACB30US14K() is
installed due to damage found during any inspection required by
paragraph (g) of this AD: Except as provided by paragraph (i) of
this AD, at the times specified in paragraph 1.E.,

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``Compliance,'' of Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March
30, 2011, do HFEC and ultrasonic inspections for cracking of the
forward and aft sides of the termination fitting, in accordance with
the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-
1090, dated March 30, 2011. If any crack is found in any termination
fitting: Before further flight, repair in accordance with the
procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD. Repeat the HFEC
and ultrasonic inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed
3,500 flight cycles.

(i) Exception to Compliance Time

   Where Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated March 30, 2011,
specifies a compliance time ``after the original issue date on the
service bulletin,'' this AD requires compliance within the specified
compliance time after the effective date of this AD.

(j) Exception to Service Bulletin

   Where Figure 1 of Boeing Service Bulletin 737-55-1090, dated
March 30, 2011, points to the location of a part number rather than
the serial number, this AD requires an inspection for an
identification plate with a serial number that starts with the
letters ``SAIC.''

(k) Exceptions to Corrective Actions

   If, during any inspection required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of
this AD, any bolts other than P/N BACB30US14K() or BACB30US16K(), as
applicable, are found: Before further flight, repair using a method
approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph
(l) of this AD.

(l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

   (1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO),
FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested
using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14
CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local
Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending
information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the
attention of the person identified in the Related Information
section of this AD. Information may be emailed to:
   (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding
district office.
   (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be
used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization
(ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO to make
those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must
meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must
specifically refer to this AD.

(m) Related Information

   (1) For more information about this AD, contact Nancy Marsh,
Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft
Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington
98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6440; fax: 425-917-6590; email:
   (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management,
P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, Washington 98124-2207; telephone
206-544-5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; email; Internet You
may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA,
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton,
Washington. For information on the availability of this material at
the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

   Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 8, 2012.
Ali Bahrami,
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 16, 2012

SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today announced that Norwegian Air Shuttle, the third largest low-cost airline in Europe, is the newest GoldCare customer, with a 12-year agreement that covers the airline's future 787 Dreamliner fleet. Norwegian has three 787-8s on firm order, with commitments to lease three additional 787s.

Norwegian has selected GoldCare Enterprise, which encompasses the complete parts, engineering, and maintenance solution. Norwegian also is the first customer to select the line maintenance option through the GoldCare MRO network, in which Boeing manages scheduled and minor maintenance that is conducted between flights and overnight. Norwegian will maintain active control responsibility over all engineering and maintenance activities.

"GoldCare builds on our long relationship with this important customer – Norwegian already operates our Maintenance Performance Toolbox and is our largest customer for both our 737 Component Services and Landing Gear Exchange Programs," said Lou Mancini, senior vice president, Commercial Aviation Services. "We look forward to further proving the advantages and value that our Boeing Edge services portfolio bring to their operation."

"Having worked with Boeing since we began operations nearly 10 years ago, we have great expectations and confidence as we prepare for our 787 Dreamliners and the implementation of GoldCare," said Asgeir Nyseth, chief operating officer, Norwegian Air Shuttle. "We look forward to leveraging the GoldCare service which will allow us to focus on providing outstanding service for our customers."

GoldCare is Boeing's flexible lifecycle solution that provides maintenance, engineering and material management as a multi-year service managed by Boeing. GoldCare utilizes Boeing's advanced global e-enabling technologies.

Support using GoldCare Enterprise will allow Norwegian to operate its new long haul service efficiently, knowing that its airplane assets achieve maximum utilization and are maintained to all regulatory requirements and industry standards.

Source: Boeing
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 19, 2012

SAO PAULO, Brazil – GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing unit of GE, announced delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Panama’s Copa Airlines to expand its fleet. The aircraft comes from GECAS’ existing order book with Boeing.

Copa currently operates a fleet of 73 aircraft to more than 70 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Source: General Electric Company
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 21, 2012

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced today that it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25, 2012, and the aircraft (JA822J) will be flown from Seattle, Everett to Tokyo, Narita by JAL pilots the following day.

JAL's first commercial 787 flight will also be the first ever nonstop flight to connect Boston with Asia when JAL uses it to launch the new service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston on April 22, 2012. JAL will later this year, 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. The 787 is scheduled to be deployed on routes between Tokyo and Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore as soon as subsequent aircraft are delivered and all necessary preparations are completed.

Seat Configurations

JAL's 787 Dreamliner is configured in two classes with 42 seats in business and 144 seats in economy. The airline will fit its newest Executive Class JAL SHELL FLAT NEO seats that are 5 cm (2 inches) wider (than the seats now fitted on JAL's Boeing 777s), in a 2-2-2 configuration so that customers are either seated by the window or along the aisle. Lavatories in Executive Class also feature a special warm-water Toto Washlet*1 jointly developed by companies Toto, JAMCO and Boeing. The 144 Economy Class seats have 2 cm (0.8 inches) wider space than current seats and arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

Cabin Interior Highlights

In the design process of the 787 Dreamliner, JAL participated actively in the Boeing-led Working Together Team program that involved various airline customers brainstorming for enhanced passenger comfort and usability. JAL aimed to demonstrate hospitality from the heart in all customer-contact points in the cabin as well as the work space for cabin attendants such as the kitchen equipment in the galley.

30% larger windows than a Boeing 767 allow for more light into the cabin and a greater view of the outside even for passengers seated in the middle sections.   Electronically dimmable windows allow customers to adjust the amount of light entering the cabin, and it replaces conventional shades that either completely shut out or let in external light.   Taking advantage of the kaleidoscope of colors afforded by the new LED lights, JAL's original onboard lighting design creates a soothing in-flight atmosphere that would evoke a sense of the four seasons in Japan, such as pink hues of cherry blossoms in spring. The lighting is also used to create a more conducive environment at the right timing for a sound slumber and a refreshed wakening, as well as to make in-flight meals more appetizing.

Higher ceilings and lower cabin pressure are subtle enhancements that make a noticeable difference to customer comfort, especially on long-haul flights. The ceiling of the 787 Dreamliner is approximately 14 cm (5.5 inches) higher than a Boeing 767 aircraft (comparing the height of the economy class section) while the maximum cabin altitude is also lower at 1,800 meters which reduces passenger fatigue.   A brand new type of in-flight entertainment will be 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.

Source: Japan Airlines
Posted by: at 0804h UTC Mar 21, 2012

Economy Class
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), today called on the aviation industry to accelerate the pace of change in air traffic management improvements by taking advantage of existing aircraft capabilities. At the 6th Aviation & Environment Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, the two entities issued a joint technical paper outlining critical actions necessary to achieve the industry goal of 95 to 98 percent efficiency in air traffic management by 2050. 

"The capabilities of today's high-technology airplanes are underutilized in the current constrained and outdated ATM system, undermining the profitability of the aviation industry," said Neil Planzer, vice president of Air Traffic Management, Boeing Flight Services. "We are fully committed to supporting long term modernization efforts such as SESAR and NextGen without losing sight of improvements we can make today."

The publication, titled "Accelerating Air Traffic Management Efficiency: A Call to Industry," outlines critical actions needed to improve the worldwide air traffic management system. It profiles successful projects from around the world and highlights areas where aviation stakeholders can work together to deliver efficiency improvements.  

"We have combined the expertise and detailed knowledge of The Boeing Company and the world's air navigation service providers to come up with realistic and implementable recommendations," said Paul Riemens, chairman of CANSO. "CANSO and its members are focused on moving our industry towards carbon neutral growth to grow in a sustainable manner."   

CANSO represents the interests of air navigation service providers worldwide. Its members, supporting 85 percent of world air traffic, aim to improve navigation in the air and on the ground through sharing information and best practices and developing new policies. Boeing is an associate member, represented on the CANSO Executive Committee.

Boeing offers a comprehensive portfolio of commercial aviation services, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, bringing value and advantages to customers and the industry. In air traffic management, Boeing is working with partners around the world to transform today's system and enable aviation growth through enhanced safety, increased capacity and improved operational and environmental efficiency. Boeing ATM solutions include research and development, airspace design, navigation services, modeling and simulation, airplane equipage, air-ground integration and system-wide information management, drawing on expertise from across The Boeing Company.

The Boeing and CANSO publication is available for download at

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s most advanced passenger airplane, will make its Chilean debut as the centerpiece at the FIDAE 2012 International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile, March 27-30. Boeing also plans to display the advanced capabilities of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter with a cockpit demonstrator at the show.

“We are pleased to bring the 787 Dreamliner to FIDAE for its Chilean debut and showcase the many features that make this airplane truly a game-changer for the industry,” said Van Rex Gallard, Sales vice president for Latin America, Africa, & Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We have a great customer in LAN, one of the leading airlines in Latin America and the first Latin American customer to take delivery of the 787.”

The 787 will land in Santiago for the first time on Monday, March 26 and be on static display March 27-30. LAN is Boeing’s largest 787 customer in Latin America, with 26 Dreamliners on order directly from Boeing.

The Boeing exhibit will feature an array of defense products in addition to the Super Hornet cockpit demonstrator, including the CH-47 heavy-lift and AH-6i attack helicopters, the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle, cybersecurity, and the KC-135 tanker now in service with the Chilean Air Force. Also on display at the booth will be a model of the new 737 MAX, the new-engine variant of the world’s best-selling airplane, and information on the Boeing Edge – Boeing’s industry-leading services offerings.

“FIDAE is the region’s foremost air show and our participation is critical, given Chile and other neighboring countries’ strategic importance to The Boeing Company. Our focus at this show is on establishing relationships with potential local partners, building awareness and ensuring customer satisfaction with Boeing products and services,” said Joe McAndrew, International Business Development vice president for Europe, Israel and the Americas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

Boeing will hold a series of media briefings during the show, as listed below. Reporters should contact one of the contacts below for more information and to confirm their attendance.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Boeing is beginning the fifth segment of the 787 Dream Tour, a worldwide tour featuring the Dreamliner. This leg of the tour will include five cities across South America, Central Asia, Russia and Europe.

“Boeing is delighted to bring the all-new 787 to customers, partners, government officials and media in South America, Central Asia, Russia and Europe,” said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager, 787 program.

The March and April schedule will include stops in: Santiago, Chile to visit LAN Airlines and be on display at the FIDAE Air Show: Shannon, Ireland for a scheduled day of maintenance activities: Baku, Azerbaijan to visit Azerbaijan Airlines: Moscow, Russia to visit airline customers, suppliers and employees from the Boeing Design Center: Istanbul, Turkey to visit customers and suppliers and Madrid, Spain to visit Air Europa, suppliers and Boeing employees.

The Dream Tour airplane is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops will be announced approximately one month in advance. At many of the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Qantas launches Sydney to Santiago

Monday, 26 March 2012

Qantas launches Santiago flights

Qantas Airlines inaugural flight from Sydney to Santiago took off today, making it easier for both Australians and South Americans to travel between countries.

The Qantas flight QF27 departed Sydney Airport at 11:00am this morning and is scheduled to arrive in Santiago at 09:55am local time.

The recently refurbished Boeing 747 aircraft offers a three times per week service featuring award-winning A380-style cabins, seats and in-flight entertainment.

Qantas Airlines Group Executive Commercial Rob Gurney said Santiago is one of the region’s most dynamic business centres and acts as a perfect hub for connecting Australians to the rest of the continent.

 “There are strong ties between Australia and South America, with growing visitor numbers, mutual investment and an Australia-Chile free trade agreement in place,” Mr Gurney said.

“Flying   to   Santiago   is   part   of   Qantas’   strategy   to   target   global   gateway   cities. South   America’s   fast-growing economies make it the perfect time to introduce this new, non-stop service to one of the region’s major hubs.

“It is also pleasing to be expanding our long-standing relationship with Chile’s national carrier, LAN. Together we will offer ten services per week between Sydney and Santiago and access to   LAN’s extensive South American network. “

In other Qantas news the airline said for the first time since 1993 it will enter compulsory arbitration with its Transport Workers Union (TWU).

Qantas Group Executive Lyell Strambi said that Qantas was disappointed that the actions of some of the unions had led to this outcome however he was eager for an outcome.

“This is the first time since enterprise bargaining began almost 20 years ago that Qantas will   have a pay dispute resolved by compulsory arbitration. In that time we have negotiated hundreds of new agreements with our workforce,” Mr Strambi said.

“The Transport Workers’ Union undertook an extremely damaging industrial campaign over many months last year. This included rolling strike action, strikes over the school holidays and announcing strikes only to call them off at the last minute and only after disrupting the travel plans of thousands of passengers.

Mr Strambi said if Qantas allowed the ‘slow-bake’ from unions to carry on there would have been no end to the industrial dispute, with some union heads threatening to continue strike action for 12 months.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW




KQ in SkyTeam livery


Kenya Airways has painted one of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft in SkyTeam livery to signify its position as Africa’s representative to the global  airline alliance.  

The aircraft will have SkyTeam branding on its tail and fuselage in addition to the Kenya Airways logo thus symbolizing the mutual benefits of the partnership.

SkyTeam membership allows Kenya Airways passengers access to over 926 destinations in 173 countries and over 490 lounges globally. Through Kenya Airways, SkyTeam partner airline passengers can access the former’s expansive destination network in Africa.

Kenya Airways Chief Executive, Dr Titus Naikuni, noted that “Our partnership with SkyTeam will enable us to consolidate our presence in the African and global markets in line with our 10-year Growth Plan.” 

Dr. Naikuni added that Kenya Airways was a key strategic member in SkyTeam by being Africa’s sole representative with access to 45 destinations in Africa and 11 in the rest of the world. “SkyTeam is a compelling proposition that enables partner airlines to offer customers additional connections across the globe,” added Dr Naikuni.

The SkyTeam livery on the Kenya Airways’ aircraft is also a symbol of the airline’s commitment not only to the alliance but also to delivering high quality service to its customers.

The SkyTeam Livery design was inspired by the alliances logo and features a dark blue SkyTeam logo on the tail fin, the blue SkyTeam ribbon wrapped around the back portion of the white fuselage, the SkyTeam name in large, dark blue letters along the front side of the aircraft fuselage Kenya Airways placed below it.

SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the Sky Team network.

Besides Kenya Airways, other SkyTeam partner airlines are Air France, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Air Europa, Aeroméxico, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta, KLM, Korean Air, TAROM and Vietnam Airlines. 

With approximately 14,500 daily flights, the SkyTeam network offers more destinations and more connections from the best hubs in the world. Sky Team member airlines offer customers over 490 lounges worldwide.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


Hyderabad: With the much-delayed Dreamliner having finally landed and ready for induction into Air India's fleet, Boeing is all set to complete its other delayed project — its MRO facility at Nagpur according to a news item in The Hindu Business Line.

The construction of the $100-million project will be complete by December 2012. “We expect to get the DGCA certification thereafter and operationalise it by the second quarter of 2013”, said Mr. Dinesh A. Keskar, President, Boeing India.

The Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Mihan-SEZ, was slightly delayed due to problems of land acquisition. Boeing got possession of the 50-acre land two years ago. It started construction work on the two hangars in January 2011. More than half of the work has been completed at the greenfield project, he told.

The MRO is the result of Boeing's commitment when Air India purchased 68 aircraft from the aircraft major in 2005-06.

The facility will carry out checks and maintenance of Boeing 777 and 737 aircraft with the Indian carrier. In addition to meeting the needs of Air India, the facility will also have the capacity to take care of the needs of regional airlines.

Boeing is also ramping up its capabilities in the R&D Centre in Bangalore. At present about 30 professionals are working in three major areas — materials, computational fluid dynamics and network systems. “We will add good numbers in the next one year”, he said.

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  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first two 787 Dreamliners. JAL is the first airline to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines.

“Today is an important moment in our 60-year relationship with Japan Airlines as we celebrate the deliveries of not one, but two Dreamliners,” explains Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The 787 will provide the fuel-efficient airplane needed to serve Japan Airlines’ growing international operations.”

The 787 Dreamliner is more efficient to operate and has lower fuel use compared with today’s similarly sized airplanes because of use of light weight composites and advancements in systems, engines and aerodynamics.

“JAL will be the first airline to start new routes that have never been flown before by taking full advantage of the efficiencies of this aircraft, starting with Boston service next month and San Diego later this year,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines.

“The 787 with GEnx engines has the performance economics that JAL is looking for to ensure route profitability, and also the enhanced in-flight comfort that our customers will be delighted with.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is features a host of technologies that provide value to airlines and comfort to passengers. Capable of flying long-range routes, it enables airlines to open new, non-stop routes.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Boeing Business Jets has unveiled the latest BBJ to enter service at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & 
Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai.

The airplane, a 737-700 with -800 wings and other modifications for longer range, was delivered earlier this month to a private businessman in the United States.

It is the second BBJ for this customer.

“Our repeat customers aren’t limited to governments and charter companies, but include private individuals who love the comfort and capability of their BBJ so much, they buy another one,” said BBJ president Steve Taylor.

This is the first BBJ to enter service with Honeywell’s Ovation Select digital system allowing the passengers to be just as productive onboard their airplane as they are in the office.

“Ovation Select offers the latest technological advancements to deliver seamless and easy connectivity – 
whether passengers are connected via their BlackBerry, using their laptops or iPads or conducting a video conference call,” said Tony Brancato, vice president for business and general aviation aftermarket at Honeywell Aerospace.

“The modular, lightweight and flexible cabin management system provides component command and control, high-quality, crystal-clear surround sound audio and vivid full high-definition (1080p) video which is stunning to watch on the 42-inch and 46-inch high definition monitors found in this BBJ.”

This particular BBJ can carry up to 19 passengers and boasts a luxury interior completed by Jet Tech of Spokane, Wash.

It has all the amenities of a home including a large personal stateroom with a king-size bed, private lavatory and shower. It also has a smaller guest stateroom with divans that convert into beds enabling the BBJ to sleep up to eight passengers.

The BBJ has a center island and appliances similar to that in a typical kitchen including convection and microwave ovens, a refrigerator, wine cooler and trash compactor.

The capability of the BBJ is as impressive as its interior.

With seven auxiliary fuel tanks, the owner will enjoy more than 5,600 nautical mile range at Mach 0.80 – equivalent to about 12 hours nonstop flight time (plus reserve fuel).

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

LAN Airlines has revealed the

initial routes to be served by its

Boeing 787 aircraft when the first

of its 32 orders arrives later this


The first Dreamliner

destinations will include Santiago,

Buenos Aires, Lima, Los Angeles,

Madrid and Frankfurt.

The aircraft will have a twoclass

configuration for 247


LAN will be the first airline in

Latin America to operate the 787.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 28, 2012

Paris, Amstelveen – In early February, AFI KLM EM signed a contract with Spanish carrier Swiftair covering line maintenance for its Boeing 737s operation in Edinburgh. AFI KLM E&M's UK subsidiary, KLM UK Engineering, which has extensive experience in the overhaul and maintenance of all models of the 737, will be responsible for inspecting, checking and where necessary carrying out repairs on the aircraft while on the ground. All levels of servicing up to A-check are included in the contract. "We are tasked with checking everything so that the aircraft can take off in complete safety," said Paul Chün, KLM UKE Managing Director.

Swiftair is a new client for AFI KLM E&M. The recently-signed contract is initially short-term, but AFI KLM E&M's strong reputation could encourage Swiftair to go further. AFI KLM E&M also aims to satisfy its new customer's expectations to the best of its ability to give it every chance of extending the breadth of the services provided: "We are going to prove to Swiftair that we are able to more than satisfy their expectations and we plan to offer them the services of KLM UKE for other maintenance or component support work," added Paul Conway, KLM UKE Sales Director.

Source: Air France/KLM
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 28, 2012

Dublin based global aircraft lessor, AWAS, announced today that it has delivered a second Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft to Skymark Airlines. This follows an initial 737-800 which was delivered by AWAS to the expanding Japanese airline earlier this quarter.

This 26th passenger aircraft will contribute to the expansion of Skymark’s domestic network which will serve as a strong base for their launch of international routes planned for 2014. Skymark Airlines began service in September 1998, and today serves approximately 6 million passengers per year with a fleet of 25 aircraft. Skymark offers low fares for their 77 daily flights within a 24 route network covering Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.

Source: AWAS
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 28, 2012

SEATTLE – Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Aerosvit Ukrainian Airlines celebrated today the delivery of a Next-Generation 737-800 jetliner.

“Delivery of the first Next Generation 737 out of 11 airplanes that we have arranged to deliver marks the beginning of our airline’s narrow body fleet renewal,” said Gregory Gurtovoy, Chairman of Supervisory Board of AeroSvit Airlines. “Execution of this large scale program will help Aerosvit to increase our operating efficiency and offer passengers unprecedented comfort levels provided by the Boeing Sky Interior that will be introduced for the first time in Ukraine.”

"Boeing is delighted to deliver Aerosvit’s first Next-Generation 737-800," said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Ukraine, Russia, Central Asia and Middle East for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are honored to transfer this great airplane to our important customer and are confident that Aerosvit employees and passengers will enjoy its efficiency, reliability and comfort. We look forward to strengthening our partnership and supporting Aerosvit’s fleet growth and business expansion."

All Next-Generation 737 airplanes will be delivered with the new Boeing Sky Interior that offers unprecedented passenger appeal and comfort which such features as spacious cabin headroom, overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling yet carry more bags and LED lighting that brings any color into the cabin.

AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines was established in 1994, has its hub at Kyiv-Boryspil Airport. AeroSvit serves 80 international routes to 34 countries, and provides passenger carriages to major regional centres of Ukraine.

AeroSvit is a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 1996 and Association of European Airlines since 2008. The airline was among the first carriers in Eastern Europe that satisfied IOSA requirements (IATA Operational Safety Audit) and successfully confirms every second year its safety standards through independent IOSA audits including the last one in 2011.

Source: Boeing
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 24, 2012

Luxembourg - Cargolux has accepted its third Boeing 747-8 freighter today and will fly the aircraft from Seattle to Luxembourg, where it joins a fleet currently consisting of Boeing 747 aircraft including nine 747-400F, three 747-400BCF and two 747-8F. The new aircraft, LX-VCC, City of Ettelbruck, was originally due in late 2011 but the delivery was pushed back by program delays at Boeing.

The rollover of the Cargolux fleet will continue in 2012. As the carrier builds up its 747-8 freighter fleet, the three leased 747-400BCF, that are currently operated to bridge the capacity gap caused by the delivery delays, are planned to be phased out by year end.

With a growing fleet of advanced, next-generation freighters, Cargolux is steadily decreasing its environmental footprint while benefiting from the aircraft’s lower operating costs and improved economics. Thanks to its new GEnx engines, improved aerodynamics and lighter materials, the Boeing 747-8 freighter provides double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and carbon emissions – well below ICAO limits. The 747-8F is not just cleaner, but also significantly quieter than its predecessor.

Source: Cargolux
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 21, 2012

DALLAS /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today hosted a celebration for the arrival of the carrier's very first Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a media and Employee event at its Maintenance Hangar in Dallas.  Employees, media, and invited guests had their first opportunity to see the new aircraft up close and personal, as Southwest Executives hosted a walk-through and tour of the airline's newest addition to the fleet and brand new aircraft type.  The airline took delivery of the new aircraft on March 8, 2012, and the plane will undergo several regulatory and conformity procedures before it is entered into regularly scheduled service on April 11, 2012. 

Southwest's Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven greeted thousands of cheering Employees, media, and invited guests who gathered to catch their first glimpse of the new aircraft. 

"Not only is this is a beautiful aircraft, and one our Customers are sure to love, but it will also play an important strategic role in our future.  The -800 aircraft carries 175 passengers, close to a 30 percent increase over our current fleet configuration, which will improve our unit costs per flight," said Van de Ven.  "Additionally, it complements our existing fleet with opportunities for longer-haul flying and schedule flexibility by allowing additional capacity in high-demand, slot-controlled, or gate-restricted airports." 

The -800 aircraft will feature Southwest's new Evolve Interior and Boeing's Sky Interior.  Evolve offers a sleek cabin experience that enhances Customer comfort, improves fleet efficiency, and gives back to the environment.  The Boeing Sky Interior offers a quieter, more comfortable environment for Customers with taller ceilings and more overhead bin space, improved operational security features, and ambient LED reading and ceiling lighting, which are more effective as well as energy efficient and adaptable to the mood onboard the aircraft.  The aircraft also will be equipped with the airline's satellite-based internet connectivity as Southwest continues to roll out WiFi across its fleet.    

Southwest is planning to take delivery of 33 737-800 aircraft in 2012, which will come equipped with full Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) configuration.  ETOPS allows twin-engine aircraft to fly long distance routes and in the long-term, will provide the opportunity for adding new destinations to the airline's robust route map.

"I would like to thank our hard-working Employees for their Herculean efforts to introduce a brand new aircraft type into our fleet," Van de Ven said.  "This is a proud day for me, for the People of Southwest Airlines, and for the future of our Company." 

Source: Southwest Airlines
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
March 24, 2012

Bangkok – Thai Airways International Public Company Limited together with PTT, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) and The Boeing Company have joined forces to develop aviation biofuels in an effort to reduce global warming and reduce the risk of rising future petrol costs. The government sector is urged to support this effort through to its implementation. The collective vision for Thailand’s aviation and the environment are being discussed at the “Thai Aviation and Environmental Workshop – Biofuels and Efficient Flight Operations” on 20 – 21 March at Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel. In addition, PTT’s role in developing alternative fuel and its policy to support aviation environment business will be discussed.

Squadron Leader Alongot Pullsuk, Vice President, Aviation Resources Development Department, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, said that Thai aims to develop biofuels as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to help reduce the greenhouse effect and climate change. As climate change increasingly affects the world and airline industry, Thai began to investigate the potential of sustainable biofuels in 2005 by consulting with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to drive the project forward.

On 21 December 2011, Thai in conjunction with Aerothai, PTT, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Rolls-Royce Company Limited, SkyNRG, and The Boeing Company organized “Thai’s First Flight with Biofuels”. On 22 December 2011, Thai operated “The First Passenger Biofuels Flight in Asia” from Bangkok to Chiang Mai as the first commercial biofuels flight in Asia .

“THAI intends to gain support from the government sector to support biofuels development and reduce biofuels tax, in addition to establishing a central unit that will be responsible for driving forward sustainable biofuels development through to implementation in five years. The assistance of many sectors is required to produce biofuels from agricultural crops that do not disrupt consumable crop farming. The project’s eventual success will aid in reducing fuel investment cost that are forecasted to increase every year. Producing biofuels in Thailand even at a minimal amount will help reduce the impact on Thailand once fossil-fuel based petrol prices increase in the future.”

Dr. Suchada Butnak, Senior Researcher, Research and Technology Institute, PTT Public Company Limited , said that PTT in conjunction with Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University have researched and developed alternative energy and biofuels since 2007. Laboratory tests have been conducted on oil made from palm and jatropha curcas and used oil, with gradual increase in the quantity experimented. PTT is currently waiting for production volume to be great enough to be tested by the American Society of Testing and Materials or ASTM.

Mrs. Ratanavalee Inochanon, Vice President Petroleum Product and Alternative Fuels Research Department PTT Public Company Limited, noted that PTT has a clear working direction in Green Innovation and trust in alternative energy development for national energy security. As Thailand is rich on raw materials used for biofuels production and the goal has been set to reduce pollution as well as GHG emission, the country has a very high potential to produce aviation biofuels for use by airlines flying into Thailand . Producing locally will help to reduce investment costs for aviation biofuels, making it more feasible for airlines to use.

PTT has joined with Thai to develop sustainable biofuels and is conducting research to produce aviation biofuels from suitable raw material as well as developing the production process in order to make high quality aviation biofuels.

PTT is also part of the committee responsible for conducting research and development for use of aviation biofuels in Thailand . The successful development of aviation biofuels depends on combined efforts of several parties, including Thai and PTT, that must work together to reduce greenhouse gases. Furthermore, a clear Government policy must be established to support the use of aviation biofuels in Thailand , in addition to use of biofuels with land transport. The Government’s full support will aid in establishing Thailand as the aviation biofuels hub in Asia that will provide aviation biofuels for airlines with flights arriving in Thailand .

Assistant Prof. Dr. Sutkhet Nakasathien, Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University , added that the university is part of pioneer efforts to research raw materials and agricultural products that are needed to produce biofuels. The university also worked with other organizations to produce alternative energy and make operational plans. This process will encourage people to reduce energy consumption while agricultural crops such as jatropha curcas, palm, tapioca, sugarcane and coconut are being tested for biofuels production. Consideration should be taken regarding the quality of these crops, volume sufficiency whether it is a food source, worthiness, and whether the amount of biofuel produced will be sufficient enough.

“ Various agencies have worked separately on biofuels in the past, causing problems. Therefore, a central unit needs to be established to lead biofuels development for a concerted effort. These issues will be discussed in the workshop.”

Squadron Leader Prajak Sajjasophon, Aerothai President, said that Aerothai’s vision is to be a safe aviation organization that conducts aviation services that is well-surpervised, with modern management, with concern for reduction of carbon dioxide gases in aviation business”. Aerothai has endorsed projects that support the environment, including Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), Bay of Bengal Cooperative Air Traffic Flow Management System (BOBCAT), Continuous Descent Operation (CDO) and Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions Project (ASPIRE).

AEROTHAI has introduced satellite aero navigation technology, Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), with the objective of increasing efficiency and safety in aero navigation. PBN makes aviation management more efficiency and safe and also reduces carbon dioxide emissions. It reduces aviation costs and helps reduce environmental impact. PBN has been installed at Phuket International Airport, Hat Yai International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, and Samui Airport. Aerothai also plans to install PBN at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Furthermore, Aerothai has a project called the Bay of Bengal Cooperative Air Traffic Flow Management System (BOBCAT ) which provides aero traffic flexibility in Kabul territorial air space, enabling flights to and from Europe in this territorial air space to be efficiently operated and reduce delays. This process proves that airlines are able to achieve savings on their petrol bill by accomplishing a lower delay rate that results in reduced carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, Aerothai received Jane’s ATC Award – Enabling Technology in 2011.

The “Thai Aviation and Environmental Workshop – Biofuels and Efficient Flight Operations” is the first seminar of its kind to he held in Thailand . The first day of the seminar focuses on alternative fuel, with various aviation agencies presenting their visions and environmental policies. The panelists participating in the seminar are a representative of Dr. Norkhun Sitthiphong, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Energy, Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn, Chief Executive Officer and President of PTT, Mr. Aphinun Vannangkura, Executive Vice President and Acting Vice President of Air Traffic Management, Aerothai President, Dr. Rhett Jefferies, Program Manager, FAA, Mr. Skip Boyce, President of Boeing South East Asia, and Dr. Jaroon Meesomboon, Aviation Ground Safety Expert, Thai Department of Civil Aviation. Guest speakers include aviation biofuel specialists from The Boeing Company, SkyNRG, Neste Oil Corporation Company, World Wildlife Fun (WWF), as well as specialists from United Airlines, Rolls Royce Company and GE Aviation.

The second day of the workshop will focus on two topics, aviation biofuels from farm to flight and efficient aviation operations. Government policy concerning the planting of energy crops and alternative energy will be discussed amongst scholars and the private sector, followed by talk concerning Hydrotreated Renewable Jet (HRJ) Fuel and Fisher – Trossch aviation biofuels production processes. The carbon dioxide cycle of aviation biofuels will also be evaluated. Panelists participating in this discussion include representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Kasetsart University , King Mongkut’s University of Technology of North Bangkok, Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering of the Royal Thai Air Force and National Metal and Materials Technology Center as well as PTT’s Research and Technology Institute.

The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions for efficient flight operations and the development of an aviation traffic management system will be discussed in a session conducted by Airways Corp New Zealand, The Boeing Company, United Airlines, Aerothai, and Thai.

“All parties involved in this workshop have agreed that Thailand has high potential to be an aviation biofuels producer, with the support of the Government and other organizations. Each organization concerned must participate and take necessary actions for aviation biofuels production. As there is currently no aviation biofuels production facility in Thailand , importing aviation biofuels will incur a high cost. Therefore, local production of aviation biofuels will help reduce fuel costs for airlines operating in Thailand , and encouraging use of aviation biofuels will help reduce the greenhouse effect and global warming.”

Source: Thai Airways
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Boeing and Angola flag carrier TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola (Angola Airlines) have finalised an order for three additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.

The order, valued at $895 million at list prices, also includes purchase rights for three additional 777-300ERs.

“Boeing and TAAG share a strong partnership dating back more than 37 years,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of sales for Africa, Latin America, and Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“We continue to build on that relationship to ensure we share the next 35 years together.

“TAAG operates an all-Boeing fleet and adding three more 777s to its fleet will help TAAG continue to meet its growing demand with products designed for passenger comfort and airline profitability.”

Aviation growth throughout the African continent continues to outpace the world average as more people fly to and from Africa.

Angola’s economy continues to grow at a rapid pace and with that growth comes more demand for air travel.

TAAG will continue to grow its route network by using the new airplanes for route expansion including direct routes to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal and other European destinations.

TAAG currently operates three 777-200ERs and two 777-300ERs from Luanda, Angola to Lisbon ten times weekly, to Beijing once a week, to Dubai twice weekly, to Sao Paulo four times a week and to Rio de Janeiro three times weekly.

TAAG Angola Airlines was founded in 1938 and is based in Luanda - Angola’s capital city.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Boeing and TUI Travel have announced the carrier’s purchase of Boeing’s Maintenance Performance Toolbox to greatly enhance maintenance efficiency on TUI Travel’s entire Boeing fleet, including 737-800s, 737 Classics, 757-200s, 767-300ERs and 747-400s.

The announcement is just prior to the annual MRO Americas aviation maintenance conference.

Boeing’s Maintenance Performance Toolbox will allow TUI Travel’s airline subsidiaries – Arkefly, Corsair, Jetairfly, Thomson Airways and TUIfly Nordic in Europe and its joint venture Sunwing Airlines in Canada – to improve their dispatch reliability through the use of e-enabled technologies that run on the system.

TUI Travel will operate Toolbox under a five-year subscription which covers the Library, Systems, Authoring and Tasks modules.

Toolbox is accessed through, Boeing’s popular customer support Internet portal.

“We anticipate improving our maintenance operation efficiencies through better tracking of line maintenance records and up-to-the-moment technical information,” said Jason Mahoney, technical director, Thomson Airways.

“This will benefit our entire operation with improved reliability and performance from our airlines.”

TUI Travel’s airlines also will be able to access some Toolbox capabilities remotely, where conditions may not allow the maintenance team to access the online Toolbox, by hosting Toolbox data on airline-provided infrastructure.

”TUI Travel has made a strong commitment to efficiently manage its maintenance practices and provide the latest, most accurate information to its maintenance and engineering teams,” said Dennis Floyd, vice president of Fleet Services for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.

“Toolbox has a strong track record of delivering this essential information faster and more reliably than current systems.”

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Air New Zealand’s all black 777-300 hops to Wellington and Wanaka this weekend

Thursday, 5 April 2012


This Easter, Sunday 8 April, Air New Zealand will be flying the all black 777-300 into Wellington for a short stopover set to thrill aviation enthusiasts in the region, followed by a breathtaking flypast of the Warbirds over Wanaka event.

Keen planespotters will get to see Air New Zealand’s newest and largest long-haul aircraft land in Wellington at 10.45am on Sunday. The aircraft will then depart at 11.15am, bound for the Warbirds over Wanaka event, where it will be showcased in a flypast over the show, which is sure to be a highlight of the day for Warbirds of Wanaka attendees.

Air New Zealand General Manager Airline Operations & Safety and Chief Pilot, Captain David Morgan, will be in Wanaka on Sunday where he will be commentating from below as the aircraft undertakes its awe-inspiring flypast.

“The all black 777-300 proudly displays the New Zealand silver fern on its long-haul services to Los Angeles and London but, with its size and busy international schedule, it rarely has the opportunity to fly to ports within New Zealand, so we’re looking forward to delivering a super-sized all black Easter gift to residents of Wellington and Warbirds over Wanaka attendees this weekend,” says Captain Morgan.

For those in Wellington, the Air New Zealand team will be on Moa Point Road, Lyall Bay, from 10.00am with some tasty Easter treats, so grab the kids and head to the airport this Sunday and see a first-ever flight into Wellington for Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300 all black beauty.

The whistle-stop Wellington and Wanaka tour follows last weekend’s display at the RNZAF 75th anniversary air show at Ohakea.

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

China Eastern Airlines cancels Boeing 787Dreamliners orders

By Wang Fei (Guangzhou Daily)

15:58, April 01, 2012   


Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China Eastern Airlines has cancelled the order for 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners andreordered 45 Boeing 737NG airplanes, according to the latest data released by theBoeing Company on March 29, 2012. 

Insiders said that it indicates that China Eastern has shifted its focus from theinternational service to domestic service.

Read the Chinese version at

  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
April 4, 2012

Air France today took delivery of its 60th passenger Boeing 777, to be used on its Caribbean-Indian Ocean network. The aircraft, registration F-GZNL, left Seattle and landed this morning at 09:00am at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

With this new 468-seater aircraft, Air France is continuing to invest in its reference products combining quality and comfort for its routes to the French Overseas Departments.

This new Boeing 777-300ER is equipped with 14 "full sleep" Business class seats, which are longer and wider. The architecture, completely redesigned to provide more comfort, makes it one of the most spacious and most comfortable seat beds on the market. The new Business class seats will equip all the Boeing 777 operating routes to Fort de France, Pointe à Pitre and Saint-Denis de la Réunion as from July 2012.

The Alizé cabin, with 32 seats, offers all the comforts of a private space, thanks to its new fixed-shell seat offering 40% more space than in the Voyageur (economy) cabin. Already available on the Airbus A340 to Cayenne, these new seats will now equip the Boeing 777-300ER between Paris and Fort de France, Pointe à Pitre and Reunion Island.

This Boeing 777-300ER also has 422 seats in the Voyageur (Economy) cabin, offering a high level of comfort.

This aircraft is extremely efficient in terms of fuel consumption, thus limiting the environmental impact of each flight. Committed to sustainable development, Air France operates a young fleet, generating less CO2 and which is more environmentally friendly.

In April and May 2012, Air France will be receiving two more Boeing 777-300ER.

“On its flights to and from the French Overseas Departments, Air France aims to offer the best in terms of frequencies, innovation, comfort and services. This process of continuous improvement will be enhanced in a few days’ time by these new 777 aircraft” declared Alain Malka, EVP Caribbean-Indian Ocean at Air France.

With 1.6 million passengers in 2011, Air France operates close to 80 long-haul and regional flights every week in the French Overseas Departments.

Source: Air France

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