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An Introduction to Vietnam Airlines – the Next “It” Carrier in Southeast Asia?

The initial A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines rolled out of Airbus’ Toulouse paint shop on 6 March 2015, displaying the airline’s updated blue and gold lotus livery

The initial A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines rolled out of Airbus’ Toulouse paint shop on 6 March 2015, displaying the airline’s updated blue and gold lotus livery

Vietnam Airlines, the government-owned national flag carrier for Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is on the cusp of its first major international expansion in over a decade.

The airline has made no secret of its desire to become the second-largest carrier in Southeast Asia by 2020, behind Singapore Airlines. With the financial near-collapses of regional competitors Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines and the upcoming expansion of its long-haul fleet, Vietnam Airlines is poised to gain significant market share and inch closer to its goal of regional domination.

A member of the SkyTeam alliance, Vietnam currently operates a full-service schedule to 52 destinations in 17 countries, with an active fleet of 77 aircraft.

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EPIC: Aerial Photo of Air New Zealand’s First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

ZK-NZE on the Boeing compass rose at KPAE - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

ZK-NZE on the Boeing compass rose at KPAE – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

What beats a photograph on the ground of Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in “All Blacks” style livery? One from the air, when it is not pouring rain.

The first ANZ 787-9 was rolled out of the paint hangar to a dark and rainy night, making it a bit difficult to see. This morning provides a bit better opportunity to highlight this unique black livery design — especially when viewed from a helicopter.

“It’s great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand fern emblazoned on this aircraft.  This will soon be the first 787-9 aircraft anywhere in the world to operate commercially and I think it will instill a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific,” said Capt. David Morgan, Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer.

Their first 787-9 to be delivered will sport this black design, while the white version of this same design has already started to be incorporated into the fleet.

 

Photos: Air New Zealand’s First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Rolled Out

Air New Zealand's first 787-9 rolling out of the paint hangar. Photo - Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

Air New Zealand’s first 787-9 rolling out of the paint hangar. Photo – Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

Unsurprisingly, given the time (9:00pm) at Paine Field, it was dark. Even with that, and the incipient precipitation- there was good reason to be on the Boeing Commercial aircraft ramp.

ZK-NZE under tow from the paint shop. Photo - Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

ZK-NZE under tow from the paint shop. Photo – Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

Boeing had chosen 9:00pm to roll Air New Zealand’s first 787-9 (ZK-NZE) out of their paint shop – and invited AirlineReporter along!

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A Tale of Two Batteries: Boeing 787 vs. Tesla Model S

A Tesla Model S P85 parked  at twilight. Photo by Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

A Tesla Model S P85 parked at twilight. Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

I am a proud owner of a Tesla Model S and I am sick of people asking me if my car has caught fire yet. It was not funny the first time, and it has not changed the roughly five thousand times I have heard the same quip since.

The car has recently run into some fire issues causing some wide-spread media attention. The first time it happened, a man was driving his Tesla Model S in Kent, WA, when he hit road debris at an unconfirmed high speed. The battery was punctured by the gigantic, pointy, piece of metal – but the car maintained integrity long enough for the driver to pull over before the stricken Tesla’s battery pack overheated and ignited.

Soon people started comparing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fires to the Tesla’s, and I felt that things were getting out of control.

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Hi-Res Photos: Norwegian Air’s First Boeing 787 Rolls Out of Paint

Norwegian Air's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Image from Norwegian.

Norwegian Air’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Image from Norwegian.

Last week, the first 787 destined for Norwegian Air rolled out of the Boeing paint hangar up at Paine Field (KPAE).

Wonder if anyone has called Norwegian's livery Rudolph.

Wonder if anyone has called Norwegian’s livery Rudolph.

For those of you who attended this year’s Aviation Geek Fest may remember seeing line 102 on the factory tour in its white protective coating.

Norwegian Air's first 787 Dreamliner.

Norwegian Air’s first 787 Dreamliner.

The most striking and noticeable feature about this scheme is the fully painted red nose/front third of the aircraft, which for me looks very different compared to all of the white front halves that we have seen on every other 787 at this point. It’ll take a little to get used to but definitely is nice to see something a little different.

The tail, like on all of the airline’s 737s, features an important historic person that means something for the country.

Sonya.

Sonja Henie was chosen to be on the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner.

Sonja Henie is featured on the tail of the first 787 and is a three time Olympic Champion and film star.

Side angle of Norwegian's first Dreamliner.

Side angle of Norwegian’s first Dreamliner.

So far this is easily one of the sharpest looking 787 schemes and will be the easiest one to pick out of a line up.

Due to the current woes facing the Dreamliner, it is uncertain when Norwegian will be taking delivery of their first plane.

This story written by…Brandon Farris, Correspondent.

Brandon is an avid aviation geek based in Seattle. He got started in Photography and Reporting back in 2010. He loves to travel where ever he has to to cover the story and try to get the best darn shot possible.

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