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  Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner
(First landing of a Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner in Switzerland)
 
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Text:

Andreas Herzog

Pictures:

Andreas Herzog, Andreas Schmucki

 
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[U] Boeing B787-8 “Dreamliner”

On Monday, 11th February 2013 started another test aircraft of the Boeing B787-8 "Dreamliner" to a second test-flight, approved by the FAA. The approximately 89 minute long test flight was successfully completed and brought more results but are currently not published because of the ongoing investigation.

Further test flights will follow to find out the acute problems with the batteries and to locate eventually further technical failures that may coursing problems. The responsible persons are confident that the problems can be delimitated in a reasonable time.

   
(Picture courtesy Andreas Schmucki) (Picture courtesy Andreas Schmucki)

One of the prototypes of the Boeing B787-800 N7878A in company livery. (Photo courtesy Guido E. Bühlmann)

(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
[U] Boeing B787-8 “Dreamliner”

"The first Dreamliner back in the air again!" ... This is just one from the FAA approved test flight that took place last Saturday over Washington State. The 13-person crew collected, during the two-hour flight, performance-data’s that had caused a fire of the lithium-ion batteries that are installed in the B787 of All Nippon Airways (ANA). The data collected are part of ongoing inquiries and investigations. 

More test flights had been approved by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), but under strict safety regulations. Any further test flights will be carried out over uninhabited terrain and in special flying zones. 

Since the 16th January 2013 all already delivered Boeing 787-8 (50) are worldwide grounded. Affected are: Air India, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Ethiopian Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN Chile Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, United Airlines and Qatar Airways. 

Qatar Airways planned from 1st February 2013 to switch their daily Doha-Zurich-Doha flight completely to the Dreamliner. Until further notice the flights are flown as before with Airbus A330/A320. 

Boeing also stopped all B787 deliveries to existing and new customers until the battery and other problems have been clarified and resolved. The production-line will carry on. 

According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), this may take some weeks or even months, much to the annoyance of Boeing but also the airlines that have ordered the Dreamliner, said Deborah Hersman, head of the NTSB. 

Currently, most of the responsible airline fleet planners are facing a great challenge to solve the lack of the B787 in their fleets, so the CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, BjornKjos.  

Norwegian supposed to get their first Dreamliner in April 2013 to use it by May on her new long-haul routes. 

In the coming months Norwegian will already intensively sought about a temporary solution and is negotiating with several European airlines if they can help out with other aircrafts. The delivery of the second B787-8 to Norwegian in June this year is very questionable?  

Boeing showed in a letter to its customers "deep regret" over the situation and assured that they would do everything to get the B787 aircraft safe back into the air.

Orders and deliveries
 

Customer

B787-8

B787-9

Total

Deliveries

Aeroflot

22

 

22

0

Aeromexico

2

6

8

0

Air Astana

3

 

3

0

Air Berlin

15

 

15

0

Air Canada

37

 

37

0

Air China

 

15

15

0

Air Europa

8

 

8

0

Air France-KLM Group

 

25

25

0

Air India

27

 

27

5

Air New Zealand

 

10

10

0

Air Niugini

1

 

1

0

ALAFCO

8

 

8

0

ALC

 

12

12

0

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

36

30

66

17

American Airlines

20

22

42

0

Arik Air

 

7

7

0

Avianca

15

 

15

0

Aviation Capital Group

5

 

5

0

Azerbijan Airlines

2

 

2

0

Biman Bangladesh Airlines

4

 

4

0

British Airways

8

16

24

0

Business Jet/VIP-Version

3

3

6

0

China Southern Airlines

10

 

10

0

CIT Leasing Corporation

10

 

10

0

Delta Airlines

18

 

18

0

Ethiopian Airlines

10

 

10

4

Etihad Airways

 

41

41

0

Gulf Air

16

 

16

0

Hainan Airlines

10

 

10

0

Icelandair

1

 

1

0

ILFC Leasing

33

41

74

0

Japan Airlines (JAL)

25

20

45

7

Jet Airways

10

 

10

0

Kenya Airways

9

 

9

0

Korean Airlines

 

10

10

0

LAN Airlines

22

4

26

3

Lion Air

5

 

5

0

LOT Polish Airlines

8

 

8

2

Nakash

 

2

2

0

Norwegian Air Shuttle

3

 

3

0

Oman Air

6

 

6

0

PrivatAir

2

 

2

0

Qantas Group

14

 

14

0

Qatar Airways

30

 

30

5

Republic of Iraq

10

 

10

0

Royal Air Maroc

4

 

4

0

Royal Jordanian

7

 

7

0

Saudia

 

8

8

0

Singapore Airlines

 

20

20

0

Transaero Airlines

4

 

4

0

Travel Service

1

 

1

0

TUI Travel

13

 

13

0

Unidentified Customers

7

17

24

0

United Airlines

36

14

50

6

Uzbekistan Airways

2

 

2

0

Vietnam Airlines

 

8

8

0

Virgin Atlantic Airways

 

16

16

0

Total

543

347

890

49

(Stand: Januar 2013)

Monday 14th January 2013

Despite adverse weather conditions, a large influx of visitors on the terrace was recorded; including around three hundred so-called "aircraft Spotters". During the more than four hour lasting ground-time many press people had the opportunity to examine the Dreamliner from within. At 11:41 am Qatar A7-BCK left Zurich on runway 16 to return to Doha again. Actually Qatar Airways was planning to serve Zurich not before March 2013 with its new B787-8 on their daily flight from Doha to Zurich.
Much to the delight of the many enthusiasts one of the most modern aircraft in the world, run by Qatar Airways, is already serving ZRH by mid-January 2013.
However, until end of January 2013, Qatar Airways will fly alternately with Airbus A330/A320 and Boeing B787. From 1st February 2013 then the Dreamliner will be used on daily-operations to Zurich as follows:

Turnarounds at ZRH, Midfield-Terminal, Dock E:
Mon, Wed, and Fri:                            06:30 - 11:30 am
Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun:                 14:10 - 15:40 pm
 

(Please note:
The observation deck on terminal E is closed during the wintertime. The Dreamliner will be admired only in the summer months on the visitor's terrace at the Dock-E. However, there are plenty of photo points around the airport to catch the “Dreamliner” during final approach, landing or take-off)

Besides the destination of Zurich, Qatar Airways also launched services to London Heathrow and New Delhi, with their new “flagship” made by Boeing.

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Cabin impressions of Qatar B787-8DZ (A7-BCB)
Images from Farnborough 2012

First B787 for Qatar Airways (A7-BCB or N10187) due to delivery in summer 2012. Further four aircrafts will be delivered till end of this year. Qatar Airways has ordered a total of 30 B787 and holds options of another 30 aircrafts.

   
(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Michael E. Fader)
   
(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
   
(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Michael E. Fader) (Picture courtesy Michael E. Fader) (Picture courtesy Michael E. Fader)
   
(Picture courtesy Michael E. Fader) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
       
    (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) (Picture courtesy Michael E. Fader)      
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7A-BCL 7A-BCB N10187
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Fleetlist Boeing 787-8, Qatar Airways
Type Serial s/n
Del Date
W/O Date
Remarks
Boeing 787-8 7A-BCA 38319 21.11.2012
present
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Boeing 787-8 7A-BCB 38320 05.10.2012
present
former N10187
Boeing 787-8 7A-BCC 38321 21.12.2012
present
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Boeing 787-8 7A-BCK 38329 20.12.2012
present
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Boeing 787-8 7A-BCL 38330 06.11.2012
present
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Despite negative headlines in recent weeks and months  (Cracks in the cockpit windshield, brake failure, fuel-tank leaks and fire at the APU battery) we are convinced that the Dreamliner will prove himself to customers satisfaction.
Besides the SIA A380, the Dreamliner will be another, daily highlight at Zurich-Airport.
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last update 14. January 2013

written 13. January 2013

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