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Air Canada Testing 787

Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:03 pm

787

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Their web site says that they have 2 in service from the spring of this year, is this a third under testing?
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:19 pm

The aircraft shown on your flight tracker is C-GHPQ, fin 801, the first 787 delivered to AC. The second 787, fin 802 C-GHPT was delivered about 10 days ago. The third 787 (C-GHPU, fin 803) is still on the flight line at Paine Field under preparation for its first flight. Should be delivered in July.

Air Canada has been doing local test flights mostly for pilot training and familiarization under ACA 7087 and ACA 7088. The newest aircraft fin 802 started flying YYZ-YHZ yesterday until July 2 also for pilot training purposes on shorter sectors.

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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:20 pm

It could be a training for new pilots on the plane. It looks like they have been doing some touch and goes or some kind of practice around Ottawa and Montreal.
 
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:21 pm

AC must have pretty good confidence in the aircraft because they already sent one to Europe.. ZRH specifically I believe.
 
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:46 pm

Quoting infiniti329 (Reply 3):
AC must have pretty good confidence in the aircraft because they already sent one to Europe.. ZRH specifically I believe.

Indeed with the above aircraft. From July 15 AC plans to start YYZ-HND with its current two aircraft while TLV is put off.


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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:37 pm

Quoting alevik (Reply 1):

Many thanks for the update.
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:43 pm

I'm flying YYZ-YHZ-LHR tomorrow, all on a 763... the YYZ-YHZ flight immediately prior to mine has been switched to a 788!! So close, and yet so far!!

I just had to share this here, where you will get it (my wife just looked at me as if I had 3 heads when I told her...)
 
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:15 pm

Quoting infiniti329 (Reply 3):

That is correct. I was on the return flight from ZRH-YYZ on a 787. Currently working on a trip report too.
 
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:40 pm

The third one wasn't built that far behind the other two. There was an article on the "All things 787" http://nyc787.blogspot.ca/ Apparently something hit that plane and its in repairs.

Also on that blog it shows the next batch for ACA being loaded for Final Assembly  
 
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:21 pm

Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 6):
I'm flying YYZ-YHZ-LHR tomorrow, all on a 763...

Were all the nonstops YYZ-LHR full? Just curious why you would want to connect in YHZ which must add 2 or 3 hours to the trip.
 
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:14 am

Quoting infiniti329 (Reply 3):

AC must have pretty good confidence in the aircraft because they already sent one to Europe.. ZRH specifically I believe.

Kinda confused. If you don't have confidence in a product you are paying hundreds of millions of dollars for, what are you doing buying it?

The only reason for shorter segments at first (UA IAH-DEN) was to familiarize the pilots by getting them cycles versus hours since sitting there watching the AP fly the GPS programmed heading at 41,000ft for 10 hours doesn't get you a whole lot of useful hands on experience.
 
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RE: Air Canada Testing 787

Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:13 am

Transport Canada requires certain experience before releasing newly trained pilots. Not only required hours flying time, but also take-offs and landings.

These trips to YMX, YUL and YOW are not revenue flights, just shuttling back and forth between airpots and doing circuits to get in experience.

Normally, this is not so apparent. But about 2 dozen crews were training in anticipation of a start date ... that Boeing delayed even further at the last minute. This caused a lot of crews to "expire" before the aircraft even arrived.
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