• Services suite to ease airplane entry into service, reduce overall fleet operating costs

Seattle | July 14, 2015– Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that Oman Air has contracted for a suite of services to support the upcoming entry into service of the airline’s 787 Dreamliners and to ensure ongoing efficiency and cost savings for its fleet.

“Boeing’s industry-leading services will ensure a smooth introduction of our 787s while controlling costs, minimizing component maintenance time and optimizing our fleet’s performance,” said Salim Al Kindy, Chief Technical Officer, Oman Air. “This falls in line with our Shape and Size concept, as we continue to expand our global presence with a young, state of the art fleet of aircraft. This extremely high level of technical support, combined with an award winning service, ensures we continue to stay ahead of our customers’ expectations.”

Boeing will support Oman Air’s 787s with its Component Services (formerly Rotables Exchange) program, Loadable Software Airplane Parts service and Airplane Health Management. Together, these services will help Oman Air minimize the time and cost of maintenance while increasing airplane availability.

With the Component Services program, Oman Air will have access to a Boeing-managed, dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical parts, enabling the airline to greatly reduce their inventory management costs while improving component availability.

Through the Loadable Software Airplane Parts service, Boeing will handle software configuration and management tasks associated with operating the 787.

Airplane Health Management will allow Oman Air to minimize maintenance delays and schedule disruptions by continuously monitoring airplane performance while the airplane is in flight, notifying ground crews in advance of potential maintenance issues.

“Boeing services are a simple way for airlines to reduce the total cost of airplane ownership, giving them a competitive advantage in their markets,” said Marty Bentrott, senior vice president, Sales for Russia, Middle East and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to helping ensure our key customer and partner Oman Air is successful as they begin operating this revolutionary airplane.”

Oman Air, the designated carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has six 787s on order.

Boeing Commercial Aviation Services offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including 24-hour customer support; pilot and crew training; aftermarket parts; airplane maintenance, engineering and modifications; and information services to enable airlines and leasing companies to operate more efficiently.

  • World’s media gather in UAE capital to witness arrival of flagship aircraft
  • Both aircraft carry distinctive new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery
  • First public viewing of world’s most luxurious cabin – The Residence by Etihad
  • New Etihad Airways cabin crew uniform unveiled at fashion show

Abu Dhabi | December 18, 2014– Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has capped an incredible 12 months by unveiling its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft to more than 200 of the world’s media in Abu Dhabi.

The doors to the airline’s two new flagship aircraft – in the distinctive new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery – were opened for the first time to reveal the new cabin interiors, which include the ultra-luxurious Residence by Etihad™, the only three-room suite in the sky.

Etihad Airways also unveiled a new cabin crew uniform at a spectacular catwalk fashion show. It’s the first major uniform re-launch since the airline’s formation in 2003 and incorporates the same colours used for the cabin interior and new aircraft livery.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “As we have done so many times in our short history, we are reshaping the landscape of modern air travel in our own way.

“Today is the culmination of many years of hard work and tremendous endeavour by hundreds of people both in our airline and outside.

“With the launch of these aircraft, we usher in a new era of unparalleled luxury, comfort and service. These innovations represent our vision for the future.”

In addition to the media event at Abu Dhabi airport, Etihad Airways is also hosting an event for travel industry partners and one for the airline’s staff today, ensuring that by the end of the day more than 1,500 people will have toured the two new aircraft.

The fashion show saw 22 Etihad Airways cabin crew showcasing the new uniform which has been designed by Italian couturier, Ettore Bilotta. It combines elegance, comfort and practicality and the colours are derived from the new brand identity.

Bilotta, in collaboration with the airline’s Guest Services and Guest Experience divisions, chose a warm chocolate brown as the base colour for the different uniform variations.

A deep purple colour is added for cabin crew and lounge staff, and a burnt orange accent colour for ground crews and Special Services personnel.

Following today’s events in Abu Dhabi, the A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft will continue test operations before starting commercial flights. The A380 will operate daily to London Heathrow from 27 December and the 787 to Dusseldorf from 1 February 2015.

The entry into commercial service of the A380 will see the introduction of The Residence by Etihad™, a new cabin that has captured the imagination of the air travel industry since it was unveiled in May 2014.

The Residence by Etihad™ features a living room, separate ensuite shower room, and bedroom, and as another first in the airline industry, a dedicated Butler.

Measuring 125 square feet in total, The Residence by Etihad™ is located on the forward upper deck of the A380 and is for single or double occupancy.

The A380 is also the only Etihad Airways aircraft to offer the First Apartment which is a complete living space with a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5 inch long fully-flat bed.

The First Suite on the Etihad Airways B787 offers guests an enhanced suite with chilled mini-bar, complete privacy and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed.

A total of 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the A380, and the B787 has 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

The Economy Smart Seat also debuts on the A380 and Boeing 787 and has enhanced comfort with the unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat.

  • Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787 aircraft, Birthday Girl takes to the skies today, flying from London to Atlanta on a special celebration flight.

London, UK | October 23, 2014– Guests on board include BRIT Award-winning 4-piece Rudimental and hit-makers Gorgon City. The two London based bands will perform the first ever gig to be live streamed from over the Atlantic Ocean to the world and a plane packed full of VIP guests and an exclusive audience of super fans who won spaces on the flight.

Also on board is TV chef Lorraine Pascale. Best known for her hit TV series and recipe books, Lorraine has been working with the team at the airline to create signature dishes for Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class passengers along with a variety of children’s meals to be served throughout every cabin.

Dishes on-board will include Lorraine’s “Marvellous” mac’n’cheese with pancetta, Sweet & sour pork balls with sunshine rice and “Mum’s” chili con carne with calypso rice.

Lorraine’s new menu will be officially launched on services leaving the UK from 28th October but as a special one-off all guests on board the celebration flight to Atlanta will have the chance to experience her new dishes in every cabin.

To accompany Lorraine’s amazing food and making a special appearance on board for the first time is Virgin Atlantic’s new sparkling wine from English winery Hambledon Vineyard. Proudly grown and produced in Hampshire, Meon Hill Grand Reserve has been specifically selected to compliment the cabin pressure and humidity of the 787 cabin and has been found to stay bubbly for longer. The new sparkling wine will be launched on Birthday Girl and will be available exclusively on the 787 aircraft.

Birthday Girl will start her first commercial flight on 28th October to Boston and other Dreamliners will be deployed on other key London to US East Coast market initially, with subsequent services between Heathrow and Washington, Heathrow and Newark and Heathrow and New York JFK scheduled to start in the following five months.

– Historic delivery to Air India begins a new chapter of Boeing airplane production in region

North Charleston, S.C. | October 5, 2012/PRNewswire/– Boeing (NYSE: BA) today marked a historic milestone with delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner built at its North Charleston, S.C., facility to Air India.

The delivery continues the momentum of the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into revenue service by customers globally and marks the beginning of a new era of commercial airplane production in South Carolina.
“Within just three years of breaking ground, we have flown and delivered our first airplane built at Boeing South Carolina,” said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager, Boeing South Carolina. “This is a tribute to the remarkable Boeing South Carolina team and the support we have received from our airline customers, our supplier partners and the Boeing enterprise, as well as the relationship we have with the State of South Carolina.”

Work on the Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly and Delivery Center began in November 2009. Production of the first South Carolina-built 787 began in mid-2011 and the completed airplane rolled out of the factory in April.

Boeing South Carolina fabricates, integrates and assembles the midbody and aftbody fuselage sections for all 787 Dreamliners. Completed sections are joined in South Carolina Final Assembly, or transported via the Dreamlifter to 787 Final Assembly in Everett, Wash.

“We’re delighted to be the first airline in the world to take delivery of a Dreamliner from this beautiful factory and look forward to taking many more,” said Air India Board Member K.M. Unni. “The 787 is an airplane with unmatched efficiency and technology, which will help in our airline’s turnaround plan.”
Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, praised Boeing’s long, successful partnership with Air India, including delivery in September of its first two of 27 Dreamliners. “With two 787s successfully introduced to Air India’s fleet, passengers are enjoying breakthrough features such as larger windows, lower cabin altitude and unprecedented flying experience,” said Keskar.

Today’s delivery marks the 28th 787 Dreamliner delivered to date. Boeing South Carolina will increase final assembly production to three 787s per month by the end of 2013.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial jetliner made primarily of advanced composite materials. It offers exceptional passenger comfort features, including cleaner air, a lower cabin altitude, higher humidity, bigger windows that dim electronically and more overhead storage space. Airlines appreciate its fuel efficiency, which is 20 percent better than other airplanes in its class and results in 20 percent lower carbon emissions.

Final Assembly Of First South Carolina-Built 787 Dreamliner To Begin Next Month

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —
Elected officials and representatives from numerous community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors joined more than 1,000 Boeing [NYSE: BA] employees at its North Charleston, S.C., facility today for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly building.

“In this building, our talented Boeing South Carolina teammates are going to assemble the finest, most technologically advanced commercial widebody airplane in history,” said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. “Airline customers from around the world will come to the South Carolina Lowcountry to take delivery of their 787s, and we look forward to demonstrating what ‘made with pride in South Carolina’ is all about.”

Boeing’s Site Services Group and BE&K/Turner, the design-build team, were recognized at the ceremony for their work in bringing construction of the building to completion six months ahead of schedule. In addition the BE&K/Turner team has worked 3.7 million labor-hours without a lost time incident. Employees began moving into the new building in May, and final assembly of the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner will begin later this summer.

“Our partnerships with state and local government and industry have made today possible,” said Marco Cavazzoni, vice president and general manager, Final Assembly & Delivery, Boeing South Carolina. “I have a lot of gratitude and respect for every person who has worked hard to help build this new ‘house’ for us. Every person who steps through these doors is making history, and that’s something we should all take pride in.”

In April, Boeing announced that thin-film solar laminate panels would be installed on the roof of the Final Assembly building. This solar installation will provide up to 2.6 megawatts of electrical power for the site and is the largest in the Southeast by production capacity.
The new Final Assembly building features 642,720 square feet (59,711 m2) of covered space, roughly the equivalent of 10.5 football fields. More than 18,000 tons (16,329 mt) of steel and one million cubic feet (28,316.8 m3) of concrete were used in its construction. At full production rate, the South Carolina Final Assembly facility will produce three 787 Dreamliners per month.

– Five Boeing commercial jetliners to be on display
– 787 Dreamliner to be featured
– Air Berlin 737-700 to showcase innovative Sky Interior
– Qatar Airways to present 777-200LR, world’s longest-range jetliner
– C-17, F-15 and Chinook on static display

CHICAGO, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing’s two new 747-8 airplane models – the Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter version – will make their international debuts at the Paris Air Show, joining the innovative 787 Dreamliner as highlights of the company’s presence during the show. Also on display at the biennial aerospace exhibition, which begins June 20 at Le Bourget, will be an Air Berlin 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR – the longest-range passenger jetliner in the world – the C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter, the F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role fighter jet, and the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

“We are excited to bring to the Paris Air Show the world’s newest and most innovative family of commercial airplanes,” said Tom Downey, senior vice president, Boeing Communications. “We also are proud to highlight the capabilities of our defense business. We are looking forward to meeting with customers, partners, and others in the aerospace community as the industry recovery continues.”

The 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, sporting its distinctive “Sunrise” livery, will arrive June 19, just three months after its first flight, and be on static display until the evening of June 21. The 747-8 Freighter will arrive June 20 and be on display for the following two days.
Boeing will deliver the first 747-8 freighter to Cargolux later this summer. The first 747-8 Intercontinental will be delivered in the fourth quarter to a VIP customer, and Lufthansa will be the first airline to receive an Intercontinental in early 2012.

The 787 flight-test airplane ZA001 featuring the full Dreamliner livery will be on static display June 22-23. Launch customer ANA will receive its first 787 in August or September.

Together these five Boeing commercial airplane models embody the technology and innovation that Boeing is bringing to market to reduce operating costs for airlines while revolutionizing the travel experience for passengers around the world.

The Boeing military aircraft will be part of the U.S. Department of Defense display throughout the show.

Boeing will hold a series of media briefings and activities during the show, as listed below. Media at the show should check the briefing schedule daily at the Media Centre and the Boeing media chalet, situated in chalet row A 328, for updates.

The company will highlight its air show activities through www.boeing.com/paris2011 starting June 16, and through its Twitter feeds: @Boeing, @BoeingAirplanes and @BoeingDefense. The site will be updated regularly with briefings and videos from the show and about Boeing programs.

The First Time The 787 Will Fly To Asia & Japan

TOKYO, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and ANA today announced how the two companies will work together to help prove the 787 Dreamliner’s readiness to enter service on a commercial basis. Using the second flight test aircraft, known as ZA002, they will simulate in-service operations across several airports in Japan in a service ready operational validation. The validation is expected to take place the week of July 4. Anticipated city pairs include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

This will be the 787’s maiden appearance in Japan. ANA is the launch customer for the aircraft and has 55 Dreamliners on order. The 787, which will be deployed across the ANA route network, is an integral part of ANA’s strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.

“ANA is eager to introduce the innovative 787 Dreamliner to Japan,” said Shinichiro Ito, ANA president and chief executive officer. “Giving our employees the opportunity to gain experience with the airplane will help ensure a smoother entry into service later this year.”
“We’ve put the airplane through its paces in a rigorous flight test program,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “Now, as we get closer to first delivery, we’ll prove out its capabilities and reliability in a revenue-like environment.”
ANA’s maintenance crews also will practice maintenance and servicing of the 787 during the validation. This will include typical ground servicing activities, fit checks of airplane jacks and maintenance hangar stands, towing and refueling the airplane, and other routine maintenance operations. Watch this video to see how Boeing and ANA are planning for the validation.

Similar service ready validations have been conducted with great success on previous Boeing programs, including the 777, 737NG and 757-300.

Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in the August to September timeframe.