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Dreamliner goes to new length with United’s 787-9 MEL debut

The arrival this morning of the inaugural United Airlines 787-9 service to Melbourne from Los Angeles sets a new distance record for Boeing’s Dreamliners.

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Dreamliner exposé says issues persist with 787 design, quality

At a time when airline confidence in the 787 Dreamliners is rising and problems with in-service reliability appear to be falling, a year long investigation by Al Jazeera raises matters that may concern travellers and carriers alike.

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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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Boeing, FAA decide 787 is safe, but could be better built

Students of clarity in language and message management might find interesing the joint FAA, Boeing study into how well the FAA and Boeing managed to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after the the certification of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which they variously certified and designed and made.

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United’s non-stop Melbourne-LAX Dreamliners a QF nightmare?

Everyone seems to be stealing Qantas’s lunch. Yesterday it was British Airways with more A380 connections to London and today it is non-stop United 787-9 Dreamliners between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

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Air-India Melbourne-Delhi 787 has serious systems failure

  Aviation Herald is reporting a serious cockpit systems failure aboard yesterday’s Melbourne to Delhi flight by an Air-India 787-8 Dreamliner.

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Airbus, Boeing in Singapore face off with Qatar Airways jets

At the top of the scale when it comes new airliner orders, it seems to be a case of winner takes half rather than winner takes all.

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Jetstar adds new Thai 787 route, Thai to fly 787s to Perth

In strategic terms, Jetstar and Thai International are having a Dreamliner exchange.

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Boeing 787-9 on way to hot date in Alice Springs

The first Boeing 787-9, which will after testing become an Air New Zealand jet, is on its way to Auckland, the first stage of a tour which will take it to Alice Springs for trial hot weather operations.

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Dreamliner storm warning: JAL pulls Sydney 787 launch

Updated Japan Airlines has responded to a Boeing warning not to fly its GEnx engined 787-8 Dreamliner within 90 kilometres of thunderstorms by postponing the 2 December inauguration of the jet on its Tokyo (Narita) to Sydney services until a problem with icing affecting those engines is resolved. Jetstar which also uses these GE engines [...]

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Air NZ’s 787-9 plans put a squeeze on Qantas

It’s not just passengers who will feel the squeeze in economy when Air NZ inaugurates the world’s first service with the Boeing 787-9 variant in less than a year on the Auckland-Perth route.

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How might an A350 ascendancy affect Qantas, Virgin?

Amid the torrent of commentary about the consequences of Japan Airlines ordering Airbus A350XWBs  there is for the Australian industry the unanswered, perhaps unanswerable question as to how it might affect Qantas and Virgin Australia?

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Delayed Dreamliner strikes fear into Air-India passengers

Jetstar will need to avoid the sort of fear-factor incident which affected a recent delayed Air-India 787 Dreamliner flight in Paris.

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787 glitches hard to ignore as Jetstar D-day approaches

If early reports about the Jetstar 787 focus exclusively on how uncomfortable it is inside then this will actually be good news, since all the stories from abroad are about breakdowns, cancellations and airlines demanding their money back (or something like that)

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If you missed the CSeries first flight there is a 787-9 debut soon

If you slept through the Canadian jet’s launch flight, there is another spectacle coming up at a more time zone friendly interval as soon as tomorrow when the second Dreamliner model the 787-9 takes off.

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Jetstar drops Beijing, Osaka adds more Hawaii, Phuket

Jetstar’s big foray into Singapore-Beijing and Singapore-Osaka wide body flights is over, but it is launching or expanding them between Melbourne and Phuket and Honolulu.

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And the winner is ….Sydney, in the 2013 Dreamliner games

No-one could have imagined, not in 2005, when Qantas ordered up to 115 of them, or 2008, when airlines were supposed to start getting them, on even early in 2013, when Perth looked like getting the first scheduled Dreamliner services in Australia,  that it would be today that the race was won, in Sydney, by [...]

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