On June third, Qantas took provide of 1 different Boeing 787-9, bringing its Dreamliner fleet as a lot as 13. The aircraft is the second new airframe accepted post-pandemic, and may add functionality for Qantas’ long-haul intercontinental suppliers. Whereas this latest jet is new to Qantas, it’s not exactly new for Boeing. Definitely, the airframe is nearing three years of age.
Aircraft and provide particulars
On Friday, June third, a 787-9 took off from Boeing facilities in Everett headed to Australia’s second-largest metropolis, Melbourne. The Qantas aircraft is registered VH-ZNM and has producer’s serial amount (MSN) 66077 with line amount 1035.
As per info from FlightRadar24.com, the aircraft took off from Paine Topic (PAE) at 17:07 native time and, on the time of publication, has however to achieve at its Melbourne trip spot. The April 2023 provide of the 787 sooner than VH-ZNM, VH-ZNL, had the similar routing, and arrived in Melbourne after some 16 hours throughout the air.
Three years since assembly
VH-ZNM is more likely to be a model new addition for Qantas, nonetheless at nearly three years earlier, it’s not exactly a brand-new airframe. Aviation Flights info displays that this aircraft was first seen on September sixteenth, 2020, conducting a taxi-check and rejected take-off. It then took its first check out flight out of Everett the next day, September seventeenth.
The pre-delivery testing would stop there as a result of the jet could possibly be flown from Everett to Victorville (VCV) the next day. In Victorville, the 787 would spend over two full years on the underside, in storage, solely transferring as quickly as as soon as extra on October thirty first, 2022 for a flight to Boeing Topic (BFI).
The aircraft would resume pre-delivery flight exams on November third, with subsequent flight exams taking place on May twentieth, 2023, after which three days later, on May twenty third. In complete, VH-ZNM would conduct six flights lasting a whole of 12 hours and 14 minutes, earlier to embarking on its provide flight to Melbourne.
The aircraft is clearly a sufferer of Boeing’s extended 787 provide stoppage, which took place over the course of 2021 and 2022. All through this period, the US planemaker’s top quality administration and manufacturing processes have been being reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The consequence was a chronic 15-month pause on deliveries, which resulted in August 2022 when American Airways was the first service to take a model new 787 post-stoppage. Boeing has been working arduous to clear its backlog of built-but-not-delivered Dreamliners, with fairly a couple of carriers accepting ‘new’ 787s which are truly two to a couple years earlier.
Qantas’ long-haul 787-9 suppliers
The most recent Dreamliner must be turning into a member of its fellow Qantas 787s to perform some impressively prolonged routes. Starting June 14th, Qantas will restart flights from Sydney to New York. Nonetheless, the place the airline as quickly as carried out a stopover in Los Angeles, it ought to now have a stopover in Auckland.
Totally different extended 787-9 routes flown by Qantas embody Sydney-Johannesburg, Sydney-Santiago, and Perth-London.
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Sources: Planespotters.web, FlightRadar24.com, Aviation Flights
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- Full Service Supplier
- Brisbane Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
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- Alan Joyce