13 MAY 2013

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Article from BTNews 13 MAY 2013

787 service update

As reported in BTN (issue 29 April) Ethiopian Airlines was the first air carrier to put the Boeing 787 back into service after its enforced grounding, quickly followed by Qatar 1 May.

Other airlines have been less rushed to re-introduce the Boeing Dreamliner, or in some cases make an inaugural flight. Boeing has delivered 50 aircraft to date but has a backlog of around the same number of aircraft at Seattle and Charleston awaiting rectification.  Current production has been at seven units per month in total, rising to 10 by the end of the year with an order backlog of 840 units

Here is our latest update on service introductions but with some carriers (Qatar for example and possibly British Airways for the future) there is a policy of using the planes initially on short haul routes to increase both air and ground staff experience.

Air India  

End of May

ANA

1 Jun

Ethiopian  

27 Apr

Japan Air Lines  

1 Jun

LAN   

Santiago – Madrid but no date given

LOT Polish  

5 Jun

United Airlines  

23 May

British Airways is now faced with the dilemma of introducing both the Airbus A380 and Boeing Dreamliner at more or less the same time, something not originally planned and whilst far from ideal a possible necessity.  www.boeing.com/commercial

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