Clickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9743 posts, RR: 66 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3676 times:
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On Saturday Boeing ferried a new build 767-300ER for JAL down to BFI, and I am wondering why. The President of China will be visiting PAE this week, and I know the Chinese and Japanese have not been getting along lately, could they have moved the plane toa void offending their guest(s)?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13554 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3616 times:
Are the only aircraft on the line at Everett for airlines other than Japanese ones?
There are still very hard feelings by China (and other countries in Asia) against Japan for their atrocities and occupation by Japan for years up until the end of WWII. Yes, it is silly to have to move an aircraft for a particular customer to avoid any 'offense', even 60+ years later, but with PRC airlines one of the biggest customers for Boeing aircraft, then $$$'s take over.
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1847 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4): but with PRC airlines one of the biggest customers for Boeing aircraft, then $$$'s take over.
Yes, but can't the same be said for Boeing and Japan? After all, JAL is the largest customer of the 747 series til this day. And with new 787 coming for JAL and 50 of them for NH, it is very hard to believe that the only reason is to satisfy the PRC. But again, I could be dead wrong.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27932 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3519 times:
Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 3): N1120A, very rarely a widebody will deliver from BFI, I cant think of 3 in recent memory, the first 772ER for PIA, the second 772LR for PIA, and the Dreamliner 747 for China Airlines.
The 767 still has flight testing to do...
It seems as if BFI has gained a bit of stature in the group of Boeing airports lately. Perhaps there has been a bit of a shift? Also, is JAL perhaps doing a special paint scheme on this plane?
Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3019 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3440 times:
Quoting N1120A (Reply 8): JAL placed a pretty late follow on order for 763ERs to do regional routes. I would guess that they are part of the near term replacement plan for the DC-10s and MD-11s
DC-10s & MD-11s have all been retired. The 763s are replacement for 747-classics. Huge gap in capacity but it goes like the 773/772 taking over 747 routes, which the 763 will be on the routes vacated by the 777s. JL is also discontinuing a number of routes and decreasing frequencies.
Actually, the political ties between Japan and China are going nowhere, but economically Japan is investing huge sums in China and businesses are in most cases being very welcomed.
Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3710 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3208 times:
According to a JAL press release from 2005 for their order of 3 767 freighters and 3 more 767-300ERs, JAL was supposed to have a 767-300ER delivered in March 2006. It is possible that the strike last year could have delayed the delivery of this 767 to this month, April, and it was ferried to BFI as part of their pre-delivery flight testing.
RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3969 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
Here's the official line from a contact at Boeing.
There was nothing political. Several engineering test flights were being done on this airplane and some instrumentation added so it went down to the flight test center at Seattle for several flights and then to Kona. The N No. (N50217) was on it by 4-18. Must have been beyond the scope allowed with foreign registration and I believe they can't leave the FAA region.
Nothing political, just special testing beyond regular acceptance flights.