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Dreamliner to fly 200 times before taking pax: ANA

Updated with Japan Transport Ministry statement on delayed return to service All Nippon Airways, the Boeing 787 launch customer, is refusing to restart passenger flights until it flies the jet 200 times on test runs with the new ‘super fire box’ fitted.

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Dreamliner runaway battery photo on ANA 787 published

The semantic and technical differences between a fire and the smoking remains of lithium-ion battery located directly under a 787 cockpit are probably going to be lost on air travellers after the release of a disturbing image in Japan.

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Qantas and faint hopes for an American Airlines 777 DFW-SYD

American Airlines puts its first 777-300ER into service, but unfortunately, not between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney.

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Dreamliner: Boeing leaks a ‘fix’ while ANA seeks damages

The unofficially reported Boeing fix depends on how soon the NTSB will make a definitive finding as to the causes of the incidents, and whether the FAA approves it, and under what conditions, and as to how it will be certified as safe by the agency.

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Japan’s airlines ground Dreamliner 787s after new in-flight emergency

ANA knows more than any other airline about Boeing’s Dreamliner 787s since it was first to fly them more than a year ago. This morning it grounded them for urgent inspections following a serious inflight emergency over Japan and other airlines are following suit.

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ANA All Nippon 787 flights on temporary hold

(Updated with ANA explanation) A series of piecemeal reports and statements in the media in Japan say that the launch customer for the Dreamliner, ANA, has grounded five out of 11 of its current fleet of 787-8s. The reports point a finger at suspected faulty parts in its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, but leave a [...]

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787 ‘no magic carpet ride’

How good is the Boeing 787 as a passenger experience? It is early days, but since there is no basis in physics for the experience of passengers in one Dreamliner jet to be different from those in many of them in terms of cabin pressure and humidity retention, this video from Scott McCartney of the [...]

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Keeping an eye on which airlines friend each other

Hawaiian Airlines and All Nippon Airways have become even better  ‘friends’. They have extended their trans north Pacific code share to include code sharing on their respective domestic flights, meaning within the Hawaiian state in the case of HA rather than mainland domestic flights. Why is this important here? Well, Virgin Australia is friends with [...]

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Has Qantas been mislead on the 787, or is it just too dumb to know or care?

It is one thing for the media to witlessly parrot Boeing press releases about the super light weight benefits of 787 Dreamliner, which is incredibly late, heavy and disappointing in its stop/start limited release into production and introduction, but are the airlines really that stupid? The answer may be  ‘Yes’, and in the case of [...]

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787 gear glitch isn’t nearly the worry that ‘things’ that go bump on the ground will be

There are always glitches when a new type of airliner enters service, and All Nippon’s long delayed phasing in of the world’s first Boeing 787-8s to enter service has just experienced a landing gear problem. If anything, the incident ought to build confidence in the Dreamliner, in that the problem was easily resolved, and would [...]

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Forty months late and heavy, the first 787 delivery is about to fly away to All Nippon Airways

Ceremonies over, the first Dreamliner to actually get delivered to an airline is about to leave Everett 40 months late and so heavy it is useless for long range flights. Instead the 787-8 will enter for short haul service with launch customer All Nippon Airways on 1 November, with daily flights between Tokyo Haneda and [...]

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The first 787 to enter service kicks ass, sort of

Boeing and All Nippon Airways have shown off the first passenger 787-8 Dreamliner, which is being readied for delivery by the end of next month and entry into service soon after. The really outstanding feature of the ANA jet from a traveller point of view is the use of eight across seating in economy, something [...]

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All Nippon’s 787 dream closer to reality

If the news in Australia was less intense more attention would have been accorded the service ready validation tests a Boeing 787-8 (ZA002) is flying for All Nippon Airways on its domestic routes. A detailed report on this by Daniel Tsang appears on Aspire Aviation. Tsang reports that while a 787-10X payload/range trade is being [...]

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All Nippon Airways invents a First Class ‘Crypt’ and puts bidets in the bathrooms

All Nippon has revealed its new premium and economy cabins and given the quality end of the air travel spectrum a big jolt. How about bidets in the bathrooms for the first and business class cabins? Which it claims as a world first. Will this cause Emirates to also install bidets in its twin shower/spa [...]

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