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United to move to all 787-9s on Australia routes in 2016

  Routes Online has tweeted but not yet posted that United Airlines will operate the 787-9 Dreamliner on all of its Australian services during the northern hemisphere spring and summer seasons.

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British Airways admits its 787s are too tight

  Runway Girl Network has become the go-to site for cabin developments free of marketing spin, and has drawn attention to an admission by British Airways that the economy seats in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are too tight.

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That tail fire in an Ethiopian 787 was more serious than thought

The aviation world quickly lost interest in a tail fire in a parked Ethiopian Airlines 787 at London Heathrow in 2013 when it was found to have been caused by a pinched wire in an emergency locator transmitter and not its then controversial underfloor lithium ion batteries . However this last week’s release of the [...]

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How the Qantas 787s could transform Perth, Adelaide services

The passing reference by Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce to the possibility of making Perth the Australian anchor for non-stop flights to London may not have touched on its real potential for transforming Western Australian links to the rest of the world.

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Qantas makes $975m profit, orders 8 Dreamliners

Qantas has beaten the many of the optimistic forecasts for its full year to 30 June profitability with an underlying profit before tax of $975 million and a statutory PBT of $789 million and will make a capital return to shareholders equivalent to 23 cents per share.

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Boeing’s galvanic response to 787 costs is an eyebrow raiser

For an airliner that touted the advantages of carbon composites over aluminium alloys, Boeing’s latest cost cutting move to put that metal into its Dreamliner 787s may seem contradictory.

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Air Canada joins rush to fly 787s here before Qantas gets any

While on its record Air Canada will not be as generous with economy seat spacing as Qantas it isn’t waiting around for the Australian carrier to bring the 787s it hasn’t yet officially ordered to the Vancouver route.

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Boeing’s first 787 Dreamliner lands forever at Nagoya

As the first Dreamliner to appear, and eventually fly, 787 ZA001 is now a beautiful part of the history of flight, at Nagoya’s Centrair International Airport.

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Has the Dreamliner been ruined by some airlines that fly it?

There is, at the very least, a note of caution for Qantas in one of those listicles in which a web site has provided 10 illustrated reasons for avoiding flying in economy on Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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FAA, Boeing, take steps to stop Dreamliners turning into gliders

In a you-just-can’t-be-too-careful story America’s FAA has formalised Boeing’s advice to 787 users to power them down at regular intervals to prevent them, well, falling out of the air!

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Japan to Boeing: Redesign your Dreamliner batteries

Japan’s aviation regulator tells Boeing to redesign its lithium-ion battery fix in the Dreamliners, if only for appearances sake

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Airbus about to deliver first A350, the largest all new jet design for some time

The A350 is an amazingly quiet giant of a twin-engined jet, whether you are inside or outside of it, and tomorrow Monday here in Toulouse the first production airliner of this type will be delivered to Qatar Airways.

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Scoot to start Melbourne-Singapore 787s next November

Singapore Airlines’ owned Scoot will start flying between Singapore and Melbourne five times a week from 1 November next year.

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Boeing, FAA deficiencies led to 787 fires, NTSB finds

Inadequate design work by Boeing, shoddy standards by Japanese battery maker Yuasa Corp, and the corporate capture of the FAA  in its failure to properly certify a critical part of the Dreamliner 787,  this NTSB investigation has it all.

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Japan Airlines puts some of the ‘dream’ back into 787s

Given the overall trend to destroy the amenity of air travel by airlines intent on crushing the life out of our limbs with ever tighter seating, small reversals of form merit praise.

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Airbus A330 NEOs fly high in sky full of rumours

So what’s left to announce at next week’s Farnborough Air Show

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How about flying on one engine for 330 minutes?

How would you like to be on a large twin engined jet somewhere over Antarctica, many hours from any emergency landing strip, when one engine failed?

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Dreamliner battery issues fitfully awake in NTSB letter

The US safety investigator, the NTSB has again taken issue with America’s aviation regulator, the FAA, over its botched oversight of the certification of the Boeing 787′s use of heavy duty lithium ion batteries in accepting them as safe on the advice of the manufacturer.

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