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Boeings 787 Dreamliner Back in the Skies


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Boeing has resumed flight testing of it’s vaunted 787 Dreamliner after a recent in-flight fire caused the test flights to be temporally haulted.

The Dreamliner is Boeings latest major effort to compete with arch rival Airbus. Airbus is working on the A350 XWB to compete with Boeing.

Unfortunatly, for Boeing, the Dreamliner has been plauged by production delays. The aircraft, a twin engine long range jet is a revolutionary attempt in commercial aviation. It is the first aircraft to have a fuselage made of composite materials. This enables the 787 to be lighter and more fuel efficient, and in theory more durable than aluminum based aircraft. The 787 also introduces new comfort feature such as larger interior space, mood lighting, new era seating, advanced climate control, improved entertainment systems and larger windows. All of this should add up to a much improved customer experience.

The issue at hand now is, will the Dreamliner hit production before the A350? Initiially the Dreamliner was to be in production by 2009 and at that point compete with the A330, but with all the set backs Airbus has had a chance to catch up and possible steal some of Boeings thunder.

The stakes are high and it will be interesting to witness how things will develop between the two competitors. In the end, we as paying customers should benefit by being able to fly in these new age dynamic aircraft. The “burning” issue for Boeing is can they get the  Dreamliner out there in time to put them over the top?

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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in World Travel


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ETOPS Anyone? Know what you are flying in…

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A recent incident involving an Air Canada Boeing 767-300 flying from Honolulu to Calgary brought to light how ETOPS procedures work. The plane, a twin engine widebody jet, was out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the pilots had to shut down one of the engines due to oil pressure issues. The flight was diverted to Vancouver, 900 miles away, on one engine…..sound scary? Not really. It’s part of ETOPS procedures.

All twin engine aircraft that fly up to 3 hours away from a suitable diversionary airport are ETOPS certified. 4 engine aircraft do not need ETOPS certification, because in theory they can fly on 2 or 3 engines. That is why certain routes will only be serviced by 4 engine aircraft. Flying over water has no bearing on ETOPS rating, just distance to nearest suitable airport. So if you are flying on a 4 engine plane, chances are you are far out there…..

Aviation Quote of Note:

Innocent Lady, “Young man are you flying on this plane”?

George Carlin“F#*k you lady, I’m flying in this plane”!



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Posted by on January 11, 2011 in World Travel


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