Boeing has completed all flight tests required for type-certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The certification flight-testing milestone for the 787 occurred on August 13.

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ANA’s first Boeing 787 bears a special livery signifying what the carrier sees as the core elements of its service brand – innovation, uniqueness and Japanese style.

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As part of the validation, ANA pilots, together with Boeing pilots, flew the 787 on routes from Seattle to Tokyo Haneda and from Tokyo to four airports across Japan: Osaka Itami and Kansai, Okayama and Hiroshima. Maintenance and ground crews from ANA also gained experience with the aircraft.

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Throughout the coming days, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, will fly a Boeing 787 on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. ANA’s mechanics and ground crews also will gain experience with the aircraft in a simulated operational environment.

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA001, has joined the historic line-up of Boeing commercial jets on display at the 2011 Paris Airshow and will be on display at the show on June 22 and June 23.

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The order, which Boeing values at $1.2 billion at list prices, brings the total number of 737-800s Norwegian Air Shuttle has ordered direct from Boeing to 78. Norwegian also has finalized its contract to purchase three Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corporation has grabbed headlines on the first day of the 2011 Paris Airshow by revealing orders and commitments for up to 110 commercial jets, including up to 50 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, 12 other Airbus airliners, up to 33 Boeing jetliners and 15 Embraer E-Jets.

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Boeing’s two new 747-8 models – the Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter version – will make their international debuts at the Paris Air Show, joining the 787 Dreamliner as highlights of the company’s presence during the show.

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The service-ready operational validation is expected to take place during the week of July 4. Anticipated city-pair routes include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

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Boeing has announced that it now expects delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner in the third quarter of this year. Delivery of the first production Boeing 787-8 to launch customer All Nippon Airways had previously been scheduled for February.

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Boeing has revealed Saudi Arabian Airlines as a previously unannounced customer for 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, with the airline taking options on 10 more. The airline has also completed an arrangement to take over Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO’s orders for eight Boeing 787s.

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The final Boeing 787 Dreamliner to join the flight-test fleet has made its first flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The aircraft, designated ZA006 by Boeing, is the second 787 equipped with General Electric GEnx-1B engines to fly.

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At the Farnborough International Airshow, Boeing has revealed that Jordan’s nation flag carrier Royal Jordanian has ordered three additional Boeing 787-8s.

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its international debut landing at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire in the United Kingdom at 9:09 a.m. local time on July 18, 2010 in time to star at the Farnborough International Airshow from July 19.

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Air China says it is in talks with Airbus and Boeing about buying new widebody jets such as A350 XWBs and 787s for fleet replacement and growth.

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Introduction of the Boeing 787 to British Airways’ fleet from its 2012-13 financial year may allow it to launch non-stop service on routes to U.S cities which BA has not found commercially viable propositions to date, such as San Diego, says Simon Talling-Smith, executive vice president Americas for British Airways.

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Boeing has finalized the configuration of the 787-9 Dreamliner, a milestone the company says it has reached after years of collaboration with airline customers and partners to determine the optimal configuration for the stretched version of the Dreamliner.

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE) engines, an aircraft referred to as ZA005, completed its first flight at 6:29 p.m. Pacific time on June 16, following a 3-hour-and-48-minute flight over the state of Washington.

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Continental Airlines plans to begin nonstop Boeing 787 flights from Houston to Auckland, New Zealand on November 16, 2011, subject to government approval. Continental claims that with the announcement it is the first airline in the world to announce specific, initial route plans for its Boeing 787s.

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