Boeing, Cathay Pacific to donate world’s 1st 777 to Aviation Museum

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Large jetliner holds unique place in aviation history; to be shared with enthusiasts from new home in Arizona]

HONG KONG, Sept. 18, 2018 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Cathay Pacific announced today that they are donating the first-ever Boeing 777 airplane to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona, one of the world’s largest facilities devoted to celebrating aerospace.

The iconic airplane (line number WA001 and registered B-HNL) flew from Cathay Pacific’s home airport in Hong Kong to Tucson, Arizona on September 18. The jet will be displayed permanently at the museum alongside more than 350 other notable aircraft.

Boeing first flew the 777-200 aircraft on June 12, 1994 and continued to use it as a test airplane for several years. The aircraft joined the Cathay Pacific fleet in 2000, ferrying passengers across the airline’s global network until it was retired earlier this year.

Since its first flight, the 777 program has become the world’s most successful twin-engine, twin aisle airplane. Its unique combination of long range, outstanding fuel efficiency and popular cabin has attracted carriers to place more than 1,660 orders. Cathay Pacific was one of the original customers and today operates one of the largest 777 fleets.

“Cathay Pacific has been instrumental in the tremendous success of the 777 program. The airline contributed greatly to the airplane’s original design and has been one of its biggest ambassadors ever since. And now they are a launch customer for our new 777X airplane. We are thrilled to partner with Cathay on this donation to the museum as a way to share the remarkable story of the Boeing 777 for years come,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister.

In the 1990s, Cathay Pacific was one of a handful of airlines to provide input for the 777 during the design phase. This gave Hong Kong’s home airline a unique opportunity to refine the airplane’s features to suit its needs. Among the requests were a cabin cross-section similar to the Boeing 747, a modern ‘glass’ cockpit, fly-by-wire system, and, lower operating costs.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “As the world’s very first 777, B-HNL holds a very special place in the history of both our airline and that of commercial aviation, and we are very pleased it will soon bring enjoyment to enthusiasts at its new home in Arizona.

“Our 777-200 aircraft have served us exceptionally well over the last two decades, and as we progressively retire these over the months ahead, we eagerly look forward to welcoming the state-of-the art 777-9 aircraft into our fleet from 2021,” he added.



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Qantas considering ultra-long range Airbus A350-900ULR

Alan Joyce says he is "absolutely" looking at the A350-900ULR

Qantas is weighing up the ultra-long range Airbus A350 for its post-2020 fleet as the airline begins to redraw its network map around non-stop flights of 16+ hours.

Speaking on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) conference in Dublin this week, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said he was “absolutely” looking at the A350-900ULR, which Asian competitor Singapore Airlines will begin flying in 2018 to relaunch non-stop flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and New York.

“You always look at all the options out there to make sure you’re picking the one with the right economics” Joyce said, stacking the long-legged A350 against the Boeing 777-8X.

“And we have a bit of time on this, the 8X is not going to be available until 2022-2023, maybe a bit later. And Boeing and Airbus always keep some slots back for big brands like Qantas, so we would be able to get availability when we need it.”

Discussions with Airbus, Boeing

Joyce and Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the airline is working with Airbus and Boeing to ensure that both of the next-gen jets are capable of flying the very long stretches required by Qantas.

“We’ve been in discussions with Boeing around the 777s for a while, and with Airbus on what they working on from a long-term perspective,” Evans said.

“Over the next five years, as these aircraft come in, we want to be in the forefront of that and ensure the aircraft arrive with the right specifications that let us develop the right network over the next decade.”

“We’re really interested in aircraft that can fly a very long way, and the 777-8X and 9X are very interesting aeroplanes for us in the long term” he added.

Both the A350-900ULR and Boeing 777-8X are engineered to fly non-stop for as many as 19 hours, although carrying fewer travellers than a regular jet.

hese routes,” he continues.

Joyce says this is “good expertise” to share with Airbus and Boeing “and hopefully be able to shape those products so that they work for the network that we can envisage in the future.”

“This is why we bought the 787-9, because it has that long haul capability, and why we’d like to have the 777x and the A350 long haul eventually… it completely changes the game for Qantas because it allows us to have a network we could only have dreamed of in the past, and offer our customers more direct destinations.”

“The opportunity to open up something like a Sydney-New York direct or a Sydney-London direct would be fantastic,” Evans adds.

But there’s no rushing such a crucial decision, nor an investment in buying multiple aircraft with a list price as high as US$400 million each.

“We want to make sure the aircraft is fully spec’d to where we want, and that takes a bit of time and a bit of work” Joyce says. “There’s a bit of tweaking to the aircraft in order to get it there, but we’ve got plenty of time.”


Source : Australian Business Traveller


Sunshine Coast Airport expansion approved

May 19 2016 – 3:32PM

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Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is set for a major tourism boom after a multi-million dollar runway extension for the region’s airport at Maroochydore cleared a major hurdle.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Thursday announced Queensland Coordinator-General Barry Broe had granted environmental approval to the Sunshine Coast Airport’s $347 million runway extension.

New runway planned Sunshine Coast Airport expansion.
New runway planned Sunshine Coast Airport expansion. Photo: supplied

“This is a fantastic boost of confidence for the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the extension would open the region to more domestic and international destinations, including Singapore and Perth.

Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson described the announcement was a “game-breaker” for the Sunshine Coast.

“It will enable direct flights to more destinations across Australia, Asia and the Western Pacific, enhancing national and global connections.

“It will also generate jobs and economic growth, boost tourism, help export businesses and secure air access to the Sunshine Coast for generations to come.”

Cr Jamieson said the council expected to receive federal government approval within 30 days.

“Today is another chapter of this exciting project which has a long history, having been on the drawing board since the 1980s,” he said.

“I look forward to the day the first plane takes off on our new runway.”

The council will spend $347 million on the upgrade, aviation portfolio chair Cr Steve Robinson said.

“It is anticipated it will contribute $4.1 billion to the local economy and result in 3500 fewer dwellings being affected by noise each day,” Cr Robinson said.

The airport widening has the potential to bring 500,000 more visitors a year to the region by 2040.

The runway expansion includes a new 2.45km long runway, capable of servicing Airbus 330, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 aircraft.

The project still requires federal approvals from the Department of Environment, Airservices Australia and Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Dr Lynham said.

“It’s not take-off just yet, but we’re certainly buckling up our seatbelts,” he said.


Source : Brisbane Times

American Airlines flies Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney on Nov 13


American Airlines will bring its flagship Boeing 777-300ER jet to Sydney on Friday November 13 as a prelude to the start of daily flights between Sydney and Los Angeles.

The Boeing 777-300ER will be flown down from Hong Kong overnight, after completing its daily AA137 flight from Dallas, to arrive at Sydney Airport in the early morning.

The airline and its local partner Qantas will conduct walk-through tours to showcase the Boeing’s first class (above), business class (below) and economy seating to the media, premium customers, travel agents and corporate accounts on an invitation-only basis.

American Airlines will begin Sydney-Los Angeles flights on December 19 with flight AA72 departing at noon each day to reach Los Angeles at 6.50am that same morning.

The return flight AA73 will be wheels-up from LAX at 9.50pm to arrive in Sydney at 7.55am two days later.

As part of the joint venture Qantas will trim its daily stateside Boeing 747 schedule to three Sydney-LAX flights per week, while also dropping one of the Melbourne-LAX services.

Those jumbo jets will allow Qantas to restart direct Sydney-San Francisco flights six days a week from December 18.

Tour American our American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER at Sydney Airport.


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