Uzbekistan Airways Takes Delivery of Its First Boeing 787

The flag carrier of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Airways becomes the 66th operator of the Boeing 787. It has another 787-8 on order.

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The first of two Boeing 787-8s ordered by Air Austral in 2015 will touch down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie on La Réunion on May 25, following a 10,500-mile (16,898-kilometer) delivery flight, via Paris, from Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

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Ethiopian Airlines will launch three-times-weekly scheduled service to Newark Liberty International Airport from Addis Ababa, via Lomé in Togo, on July 3. Ethiopian had announced in January that it would resume service to the New York metropolitan area in July but said it planned to serve New York JFK.

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Air Europa has leased its first Boeing 787, a 787-8, from SMBC Aviation Capital. The March 15 delivery is also the first Dreamliner for SMBC Aviation Capital.

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By the end of June Ethiopian expects once again to provide a link between New York and Africa, by launching a new three-times-weekly, one-stop service linking Addis Ababa with New York JFK via an intermediate stop in both directions at Lomé, the capital of Togo and the main base of its partner ASky Airlines.

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United Airlines plans to add daily transatlantic summer-season service on May 25 between Newark and Athens, Washington Dulles and Barcelona and Washington Dulles and Lisbon.

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Japan Airlines, which has served Dallas/Fort Worth from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in the past, is relaunching service on the route on November 30.

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Boeing has announced at the Paris Air Show on June 17 that Ethiopian Airlines is the previously undisclosed customer for six 787-8 Dreamliners. Ethiopian Airlines’ six new Dreamliners will complement the 13 Boeing 787-8s the Addis Ababa-based carrier is already operating.

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From April 5, SkyTeam Alliance member AeroMexico will operate four round-trips a week on the Mexico City-Los Angeles route with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

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On that date, Royal Air Maroc’s first 274-seat Boeing 787-8 will depart on its inaugural 6.5-hour flight from Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca to New York JFK.

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Hainan Airlines plans to launch three new routes between the United States and China in June and increase service frequency on three of its existing China-U.S. routes, as part of a planned large-scale expansion in the Chinese carrier’s service to North America.

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With the delivery of the first of two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on order, Azerbaijan Airlines becomes the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787.

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Bogotá-based Avianca, which is part of the AviancaTaca Group and is a member of the Star Alliance, has a total of 15 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on order and holds options on five more.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways will launch a new route on June 12 from Narita International Airport near Tokyo to Houston, subject to receiving required government approvals.

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Air Canada has decided to launch non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai, beginning on November 3, 2015. The airline will operate the route three times a week, using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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The new route will be the first to be operated primarily by Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 widebodies, according to the airline. The Indian subcontinent is currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.

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Air Canada will expand use of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet from Vancouver International Airport in early 2015, introducing the type on its routes to Beijing and Seoul from the British Columbia city.

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According to Ethiopian Airlines, its flights will represent the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States. Similarly, the flights will be the only non-stop service between Dublin and Los Angeles, the airline says.

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The aircraft will play a central role in the Amman-based airline’s strategic plan for fleet modernization, according to Boeing. Royal Jordanian Airlines has acquired the 787-8 through leasing company AerCap.

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