A second aircraft planned for SkyGreece Airlines SA

Translated from a March 28, 2014 SkyGreece press release.

SkyGreece Boeing 767SkyGreece Airlines SA the new Greek Transatlantic Airline, created by the Greek diaspora in Canada and the U.S. , has acquired all the necessary permits from the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Ministry of Transport of Greece .

Following the test flight that took place last week, with members of the CAA, the company fulfilled all of the procedures required by the legislation, and is ready for worldwide operation. The airline has provided all of the required documents in the U.S. and Canada pursuant to acquiring the licenses required to start scheduled services from Athens to New York, Toronto and Montreal. Until those approvals are granted, the airline will fly Charter services.

SkyGreece Airlines SA has been staffed with experienced people in the aviation community and aspires to unite with the Greek community abroad. SkyGreece maintains offices in Athens, Attica Markopoulos, Montreal, Toronto and will be opening soon in New York.

The first aircraft SkyGreece Airlines SA is a 274 seat Boeing 767-300 ER SX-BPN an ex-Martinair ship, named TAXIARCHIS. The aircraft will fly with its distinctive Greek flag on the tail and Greek hospitality on board, and is expected to enter transatlantic service in the near future. Plans are already underway for the acquisition of a second aircraft .

SkyGreece Airlines SA wishes to thank both the Diaspora , and the Greek State for the unwavering support and cooperation.

Boeing 747-8 Freighter Painted in Seattle Seahawks Livery

Airplane is symbol of community support as NFL team prepares for Super Bowl XLVIII

Boeing 747-8 Freighter Painted in Seattle Seahawks LiveryEVERETT, Wash., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today revealed a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The livery commemorates the team’s National Football Conference Championship and upcoming appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area.

“The Seahawks have been an inspiration to our entire community throughout this incredible season,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We’re honored that we could join together two Northwest icons, the Seahawks and the 747, for this special salute from the entire Boeing team.”

This 747-8 is owned by Boeing and currently being used for flight testing. The special livery features the distinctive Seahawks logo and a “12” on the tail to salute the team’s fans. The airplane will make its first flight in its new livery on Thurs., Jan. 30.

“The 747 team is proud that one of our airplanes could be used as a tribute to the Seahawks’ success this season and a rallying cry for the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl,” said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager, 747 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The partnerships we have with the Seahawks and others are making a positive difference in the communities where Boeing employees live and work. We join with all Seahawks fans in wishing the team success on Sunday.”

Boeing 747-8 Seahawks Livery Fun Facts

  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s longest pass this season, 80 yards (240 ft.), was almost the same length as a 747-8 fuselage (243.5 ft.)
  • Russell Wilson threw for 3,357 yards (10,071 ft.) this season, similar to the runway takeoff distance for a 747-8 (10,650 ft.)
  • Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin can dash the full length of the 747-8 main deck, 180 ft., in less than seven seconds
  • Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch can squat with 16 economy seats (30 lbs. per seat)
  • A 747-8 Freighter can carry 121 million Skittles candies, or 302,400 one lb. bags
  • It would take 144 747-8 passenger airplanes (Intercontinentals) to carry all the Seahawks fans in CenturyLink Field (67,000 seats)
  • The 747-8 can cover the length of a football field in one second at takeoff
  • Seahawks fans’ Guinness World Record for crowd noise is approximately 38 times louder than the 747-8 at departure

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Visits New Zealand in International Debut

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner International Debut, Auckland New ZealandSEATTLE, Jan. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9’s international debut and longest flight since the robust test program began.

The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, ZB002 flew direct from Seattle’s Boeing Field to AucklandInternational Airport, departing January 3 at 9:55 a.m. local time and landing (shown here) some 13 hours, 49 minutes later. The airplane is scheduled to continue on to Alice Springs, Australia, for testing in hot weather.

The 787-9 will complement and extend the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Boeing is on track to deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 402 787-9s, accounting for 39 percent of all 787 orders.

Boeing Statement on IAM 751 Contract Extension Vote

SEATTLE, Jan. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) contract extension offer was approved today by members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Under the terms of the eight-year contract extension, the 777X and its composite wing will be built in the Puget Sound area by Boeing employees represented by the IAM. This work includes fuselage build, final assembly and major components fabrication such as interiors and wires.

“Thanks to this vote by our employees, the future of Boeing in the Puget Sound region has never looked brighter,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We’re proud to say that together, we’ll build the world’s next great airplane—the 777X and its new wing – right here. This will put our workforce on the cutting edge of composite technology, while sustaining thousands of local jobs for years to come.”

Contact:
Doug Alder
Boeing Communications
206-544-1814
doug.alder-jr@boeing.com

 

Boeing 777X to Deliver Unprecedented Efficiency and Economics

777XDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA], one day after announcing the record-breaking launch of the 777X, today at the Dubai Airshow outlined the performance characteristics and a variety of features that will make the newest member of the Boeing twin-aisle family the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine commercial jetliner in aviation history.

Key innovations will make the 777X 12 percent more fuel efficient than its competitor:  an all-new composite wing based on the innovative wing developed for the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner, aerodynamic advances such as a hybrid laminar flow control vertical tail and natural laminar flow nacelles, and all-new GE9X engines developed by GE Aviation.

In addition to unprecedented fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility, these new technologies will help the 777X deliver 10 percent lower operating economics than the competition.

“The 777X builds on the heritage of the 777-300ER and incorporates many advanced technologies designed for the 787 to create a new standard for widebody airplanes. It will truly be a worthy successor to the 777-300ER,” said Fancher.

The 777X’s efficiency directly links to exceptional environmental performance. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced as fuel is consumed. This means the reductions in fuel use will result in equivalent cuts in carbon dioxide emissions.

Two models comprise the 777X family – the 777-8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles; and the 777-9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles. The 777-8X competes directly with the Airbus A350-1000 while the 777-9X is in a class by itself, serving a market segment that no other airplane can.

“Both of these airplanes are about providing growth options and flexibility for our customers,” Fancher said. “The 777-9X fits in the heart of where we think the market will go.”

At 233 feet, the 777X composite wing has a longer span than today’s 777-300ER. Its folding, raked wingtip delivers greater efficiency, significant fuel savings and complete airport gate capability. In addition, it allows access to the entire range of gates currently accessibly by the 777-300ER.

Adding 787 technologies in the flight deck, flight controls and other systems is just the beginning. The 777X implements 787 technologies where they add value to our customers and increase commonality across Boeing’s twin-aisle product family.

Boeing is exploring a number of innovations that will advance the passenger experience and create an interior passengers will prefer. For instance, the company will reposition and resize the windows to provide more ambient light inside and provide passengers with better views outside the cabin. A new interior architecture will make the 777X cabin even more spacious, leveraging the airplane’s cross-section – the widest in its class.

The 777X is targeted for first delivery in 2020.