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Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA001 (N787BA) lands at Paine Field (KPAE) today.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA001 (N787BA) lands at Paine Field (KPAE) today.

Today Boeing 787 ZA001, the first Dreamliner to fly, made a very quick flight from Boeing Field (KBFI) to Paine Field (KPAE). Since it has been a while since seeing ZA001 in-flight, I figured it was a good day to head up to Paine Field and catch her land. ZA001 now joins ZA004 which is also at KPAE, while the remainder of the 787 test fleet is still at KBFI.

It is still not known how long the first delivery of the 787, to All Nippon Airways, will be delayed due to ZA002’s fire.


Panorama shot of Paine Field in the snow. Click for much bigger version.

Panorama shot of Paine Field in the snow. Click for much bigger version.

This week we have had an unusual amount of snow in the Seattle area. Liz Matzelle wasn’t afraid of the snow and made her way up to Paine Field yesterday and got some amazing photos. She also created one fantastic panoramic image that she was happy to share. If the small 600 x 47 pixel image above is not big enough, then check out this 30000 x 2373 pixel version of Paine Field in the Snow Panorama (it might take a bit to load so don’t give up).

If you want to get your very own copy of this (would make a great gift), Liz is selling them online, check it out.

Zoom on in to the photo and see if you can find the following:
* White bodied ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner
*  One snowplow truck
* Two red navigation lights on the wing that appear to be on
* Totally white Boeing 787 Dreamliner
* Cessna on the taxi way
* A twin-engine airplane landing
* An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 getting work done
* Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 hiding behind the trees
* 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliners that look chilly
* The old school B-52 bomber

Allegiant Air Boeing 757 N902NV outside ATS at Paine Field in Everett, WA on Sunday.

Allegiant Air Boeing 757 N902NV outside ATS at Paine Field in Everett, WA on Sunday.

I know, I know, I have posted a lot of blogs not only on Allegiant’s new Boeing 757’s, but also their semi-new livery. What can I say, I love new liveries and new airplane types. Put them together and I can’t resist.

While driving around Paine Field on Sunday, there was a nice treat sitting outside of ATS in Everett: N902NV. Although I was aware that N902NV was at ATS,  I haven’t seen her in person. Previously I wondered if Allegiant’s semi-new livery would look better in person than in photos and I think it does.

Taking a look at this close up photo of the door, you can see there is no interior trim on the door and what looks like wires hanging down from the inside. I assume that the interior has not yet been completed and work should continue at ATS. N901NV, the other Boeing 757, is stationed at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, FL. I followed up with Allegiant again to see if there was any news on these Boeing 757’s and at this time they are still staying silent.

On top of seeing their new aircraft, Allegiant also announced last week that if you don’t pay for an assigned seat, you will end up having Southwest-style open seating.  This will be the new order for boarding:

* Priority Boarding for those that pay $9.99 extra per leg on top of seat assignment fee
* Pre-boards
* General Boarding – those who purchased seat assignments for $6.99 or $9.99
* Families with children under 7
* Everyone else, in order of check in
If a passenger does not board during their specified boarding time, they forfeit their seat assignment. Now, that would be frustrating for a family of 3 that dropped $30 to sit together.

I will be taking my first flight on Allegiant next month from Bellingham to Las Vegas. I have heard you can purchase Allegiant MD-80 models on board the aircraft, you better believe I will be getting one of my own.

On Allegiant’s SEC presentation they state under a plan to amend the 757 fleet and Hawaii program:
* Operate 757 in domestic mainland, non-ETOPS flying (ETOPS is needed to fly over 60min away from an airport)
* After several months of operational experience, apply for ETOPS
* Target ETOPS approval in 2012

Interesting. Allegiant has confirmed with me that the Boeing 757’s will start flying in mid-2011, but there was no talk about pushing flights to Hawaii to 2012. Is Allegiant just having issues with getting ETOPS certification or does the FAA want Allegiant to get some experience flying the Boeing 757 domestically over land before having them ETOPS certified. I am not sure now, but hoping to find out. Thanks to Dan Webb for finding this.


Head to the Future of Flight to get a close look of a Dreamlifter (N249BA) and four Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Head to the Future of Flight to get a close look of a Dreamlifter (N249BA) and four Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Yesterday was a very nice day in Seattle for it being almost the middle of November. Figured it might be a good day to head back to Paine Field (KPAE) and take a look at what is going on. As always, there were a few nice surprises.

The biggest is one of the Dreamlifters (N249BA) is parked just feet away from the Future of Flight (photo). The DreamLifter is sitting right next to four Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Rumors are the Dreamlifter will be parked there until the end of the month and the Dreamliners should be there at least through the winter.

The 787’s and now the Dreamlifter are hanging out next to the Future of Flight due to Boeing’s turf getting pretty full. I don’t think I have ever seen so many new airplanes at Paine Field (photo). One of the new liveries seen out on the ramp is AirBridgeCargo’s on a Boeing 747-8F (photo). To date have seen Boeing’s “lite” livery, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, British Airways (partly) and AirBridgeCargo on the Boeing 747-8 Freighter to date.

During my visit a brand new, not even fully painted, Air France Boeing 777-300 (F-GZNH) took off (photovideo). I have seen quite a few Boeing 777’s take off, but it never gets old. One of my reasons for heading to Paine was to check out the Eva Air Boeing 777-300’s. I have been covering their issues with Koito seats and they have been moved from the tower (photo1photo2) and one had a test flight today. I am working on an update on their story to share soon.

* 40 Photos of Paine Field (KPAE) from yesterday
* Video of Air France (F-GZNH) Boeing 777-300ER taking off from Paine Field

All of Paine Field in one photo.

All of Paine Field in one photo.

Liz Matzelle (@ImperfectSense) has taken some pretty sweet pictures and video of aviation in the northwest. One can take a lot of photos of Paine Field, but none of them really give you the feeling of what it is like standing on one of the grassy gnolls looking out on all the wonderful new Boeing aircraft.

She recently made this panoramic photo and I just had to share. All the way from the new Boeing 787’s parked by the Boeing Factory all the way over to the tower. Seeing it in so small really doesn’t do it justice, so here are two much larger versions:

* Big version of the photo
Really big version of the photo

There are some pretty sweet things in this photo. See if you can find:
* The very first Boeing 727-100 in old United livery
* A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737
* The three Eva Air Boeing 777’s waiting on seats
* An old B-52 Bomber
* A Dreamlifter (ok you should be able to find that in the small version)
* Ethiopian Airlines 777-200