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2013 – Boeing vs. Airbus…. Who Won?

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 and Lufthansa Boeing 747-400.

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 and Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 – Photo: David Parker Brown

2013 is now well in our rear view mirrors as we speed along the runway of another year and it is time to look back.  We have covered what we did during 2013 on AirlineReporter but what about looking at what our two favorite aircraft manufacturers did?  2013 were big years for both Boeing & Airbus on many levels, so let’s take a look at more detail of exactly what happened in the order & delivery world:

Orders:

In 2013, the big air shows in Paris & Dubai flooded the order books of both manufacturers.  Airbus and Boeing both had record-breaking years with 1,619 & 1,531 gross orders, respectively.  The winner in this situation is obviously Airbus by a good margin; the types of orders look consistent too:

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Air New Zealand Reveals Their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Cabin and First Route

Air New Zealand Flight crew aboard a 787-9 mock-up. Photo by Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand flight crew aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner mock-up – Photo: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has been very patient, waiting for delivery of the very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the stretched version of the currently-flying 787-8. We have been watching closely as the first 787-9 rolled out of paint and then took its maiden flight. The airline still has a while until they take delivery sometime in the middle of 2014, but they are starting to get excited and want to share it with the world.

As of now, Air New Zealand is rolling out some of the details of their Dreamliner interior, as well as what routes the new aircraft will fly.

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Epic AvGeek Photo: First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Flying Over Mt. Rainier

Boeing shared this photo of the 787-9 flying over Mt. Rainier.

Boeing shared this photo of the 787-9 flying over Mt. Rainier.

Here is a photo of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flying over Mount Rainier during its first flight earlier today. Nuff said.

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First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Flight Scheduled for Tomorrow

The first Boeing 787-9 conducts taxi tests at Paine Field. Image: Sandy Ward / Future of Flight.

The first Boeing 787-9 conducts taxi tests at Paine Field earlier today. Image: Sandy Ward / Future of Flight.

Boeing has confirmed tonight that the first Boeing 787-9 flight is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Tuesday September 16th.

As of now, the first flight is scheduled for 10:00am PDT, of course the time and even the date could change based on a number of different circumstances.

Earlier today, Boeing conducted taxi tests in the Seattle rain.

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First Flight for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Could Be Tuesday

Aerial shot of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo by Bernie Leighton.

Aerial shot of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (ZB001)   Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlineReporter.com

Did you just read a story about Bombardier’s first CSeries first flight potentially happening on Monday, only to find out the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s first flight could be as early as Tuesday, September 17th? Why yes you did. Boeing announced this week that their first 787-9 could possibly have its maiden flight at Paine Field early next week.

Yes AvGeeks, this is going to be a good week for all of us!

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