Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is now in service with a number of airlines around the world, and that number continues to grow as full-scale production gets into swing.

That said, the Dreamliner is still an aircraft that turns heads, and even though their number is increasing they are still something of a rarity and something special. With that in mind, I decided to create a special 787 page where I’ll post photos of 787’s as and when I see them. Once they get to the point of being commonplace and no longer newsworthy, I’ll stop adding to it, but for now they are an exciting visitor.

I saw my first Dreamliner, belonging to Air India, at Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok in January this year, 2014. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a photo, but since then I’ve seen them belonging to a growing list of airlines at a number of different airports, including Beijing Capital, Perth and Frankfurt, and have managed to get some great shots, so I hope you enjoy the collection as it grows.

The first one I managed to photograph was JA823A, belonging to ANA – All Nippon Airways at Beijing Capital Airport on 16 January, 2014. I’d been on a business trip to Beijing and was waiting for my flight back to Hong Kong and then on to Perth and so was very happy to catch this and JA806A both parked at the gate.
JA823A ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 3159

JA823A was delivered to ANA on August 21, 2013 and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Note the smog in the background – It looks like mist but is actually a mixture of smoke from factories northwest of Beijing and local pollution from cars and trucks etc. It was also very cold, on this day it was around +2C.
JA823A ANA Boeing 787-8 3160

The structure in the background of this shot is the lower part of the main Beijing control tower.
JA823A ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 3161

The nose profile of the 787 has a completely different look to it than earlier Boeing models and has been smoothed to create as little drag as possible.
JA823A ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 3166-1

JA806A was parked at the adjacent gate and was delivered to ANA on 29th March, 2013.
JA806A ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 3163

Two months later in March I was back in Beijing, and this time I was able to have a couple of days spotting on the 29th and 30th. The weather was surprisingly warm and there was less of the smog of I’d seen in January. I can highly recommend spotting at Beijing, there is an excellent viewing area in a park close to the approach for runway 36R. The park allows you get be on either side of the landing aircraft, so you can simply switch sides as the sun moves round.

The first 787 to arrive was JA821J belonging to Japan Air Lines, JAL. This was also the first JAL aircraft I’d photographed with the re-introduced ‘Red Crane’ logo. Why they ever got rid of it in the first place I will never know, it was such a great design, so I’m really pleased it’s back again!

JA8213 was delivered to JAL on 4th November 2013, making it just a couple of months old when this photo was taken and is seen here landing on runway 19. JAL’s Dreamliners are powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines.
JA821A Boeing 787 Dreamliner JAL

Less than twenty minutes later, ANA’s JA804A arrived, also on runway 19. This aircraft was delivered on 14 January, 2012.
JA804A Boeing 787 Dreamliner ANA 5325

Finally, a 787 landed on 36R and I was able to get some good close up shots. JA828A of ANA landed at 1.27pm and made a great sight as it flew past the viewing area and this shot also has the distinction of being the first photo of mine accepted on Airliners.net.
JA828A ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner 5400

Moments from touchdown, JA828A was delivered to ANA on 20th February 2014, making it one month and 9 days old at the time of these photos.
JA828A Boeing 787 Dreamliner ANA 5403

Yet another 787 on runway 19, this time colourful B-2731 belonging to Hainan Airlines and delivered on 17 December, 2013. Hainan Airlines have a hub at Beijing Capital and are a common sight with their mixed fleet of 737’s, 767’s, Airbus A319’s, A330’s, A340’s as well as 787 Dreamliners.
B-2731 Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner 5570

Later in the afternoon and Hainan Airlines 787 B-2730, delivered on 8th November, 2013, taxis to runway 36R for departure. Hainan’s 787’s are also powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines.
B-2730 Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner 5704

Rather surprisingly, the next day, Sunday 30th March, not a single 787 landed on runway 19, which was disappointing, and I wasn’t able to photograph any at Hong Kong either as I made my way back to Perth, so that was it for 787’s Beijing, at least for the time being.

In June and July 2014, my family and I went on holiday to Europe and, of course, the opportunities were taken to grab some shots. On July 26 we flew from Birmingham to Frankfurt and a stroll around the terminal brought me face to face with Boeing 787-8 G-TUIE, belonging to Thomson Airways. This aircraft was delivered on 30th June 2014, so was 26 days old when I saw it.
G-TUIE Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9717

Close-up on the nose of G-TUIE. From this angle, the 787’s nose looks a lot like that of the Comet and Caravelle. Design principles from the 1950’s making a reappearance!
G-TUIE Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9721

Pushback from the stand, and this shot gives an impression of how large the 787’s engines are. Thomson 787’s use Rolls-Royce Trents.
G-TUIE Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9736

Taxing to Birmingham’s runway 36 with the original Elmdon Airport terminal, dating from the 1930’s, in the background. I spent many an hour there during my early days of plane spotting in the 1970’s watching Viscounts, BAC 1-11’s, 737’s and CV-990 Coronados . . . Note the Hungarian registered Antonov 26B, HA-TCV, in the background just in front of G-TUIE’s tail fin.
G-TUIE Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9773

The following day, July 27th, we flew back to Australia from Frankfurt, my all-time favorite airport, and whilst waiting for our flight, Qatar Airways 787-8 A7-BCD was brought to the gate.
A7-BCD Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 0619

Powered by General Electric GEnx-1B’s, this aircraft was delivered to Qatar on June 14th, 2013.
A7-BCD Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 0623

At the gate and preparing for the return flight back to Doha, -BCD gleams in the midday sun.
A7-BCD Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 0629

And so back to Perth, where on Friday, September 12th, Air New Zealand had the honour of being the first 787 operator to my home airport with the stunning ZK-NZE, painted in the carrier’s special ‘All Blacks’ livery. Not only was ZK-NZE the first Dreamliner into Perth, but it was also my first 787-9, the larger sibling of the 787-8’s I’d previously seen.
ZK-NZE Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 2067

ZK-NZE landed to a large gathering of not only spotters but also dignitaries and the media and is seen here taxing in front of Perth’s control tower. This original service was planned as a temporary service until around 25th October, however, a couple of days later it was announced that the 787 would be operating permanently in lieu of ANZ’s 777-200’s.
ZK-NKE Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 2098

Four days later on 16th September, ZK-NZE arrives to beautiful evening light for a runway 21 landing.
ZK-NKE Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 0081

This shot was taken on 19th September, also showing a runway 21 arrival. ZK-NKE was delivered to ANZ on 30th June, 2014, and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trents.
ZK-NKE Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 0180

Not to be outdone, Thai Airways started 787 services to Perth on 21st September, 2014, with 787-8 HS-TQB, named ‘Chaturaphak Phiman’ seen here landing for the very first time on runway 03.
HS-TQB Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 0259

This aircraft was delivered to Thai on 16th September and so was only 3 days old when these photo’s were taken – that makes it the youngest 787 I’ve seen to date and one of the youngest airliners I’ve ever seen.
HS-TQB Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 0265

Thai’s 787’s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trents.
HS-TQB Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 0271

Air New Zealand’s second 787-9 to enter service was ZK-NZF, which was delivered on 27th September 2014 and seen here on short finals for Perth’s runway 21 on 9 November 2014.
ZK-NZF Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 0455

Western Australia hasn’t adopted Daylight Savings Time and so mid-summer is normally the only time departure shots are possible Air New Zealand’s daily NZ176 to Auckland. These shots were taken on 15 January as ZK-NZF took-off from runway 21 at 7.04pm
ZK-NZF Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 2579

This shot shows to good effect the aerodynamically very clean lower surface of the 787’s wing and it’s finely raked tips.
ZK-NZF Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 2582

Shown below is Air New Zealand’s third 787-9, ZK-NZG. This aircraft was delivered on 3rd December 2014 and is seen on finals for runway 24 on 30th December 2014.
ZK-NZG Air New Zealand 787-9 0927

Looking here almost like it’s flying over snow, -NZG is actually flying over large warehouse buildings that reflect a lot of light off their roofs.
ZK-NZG Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 1953

The weekend of January 17th and 18th 2015 saw two different Thai Airways 787’s fly in, with the first one, HS-TQD, making not only its first appearance in Perth but its first in Australia.
HS-TQD Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 2676

HS-TQD, named ‘Wapi Patham’, was delivered to Thai on 10th December 2014 and is seen here leaving the gate at 9.17amand heading for a runway 03 departure back to Bangkok as flight TG484.
HS-TQD Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 2701

The next day, Sunday 18 January, saw HS-TQC operating the Bangkok flight and is seen here on very short finals for runway 21 at 7.34am in some great morning light.
HS-TQC Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 2744

Although -TQC had flown in Perth previously, this was my first opportunity to get a photo.
HS-TQC Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 2751

Scoot commenced operations into Perth in December 2013 using Boeing 777-200’s but had already placed an order with Boeing for it’s 787. The first 787 to join its fleet is 9V-OJA, aptly named ‘Dream Start’, and is seen here on 7th February 2015 operating its third service into Perth since delivery on 31 January.
9V-OJA Scoot Boeing 787-9 3069

Personally, I think Scoot’s livery looks particularly good on the 787 and Perth’s sunny skies will provide a brilliant backdrop for years to come as Scoot’s 787’s are delivered.
9V-OJA Scoot Boeing 787-9 3072

Scoot has six 787’s on order, so keep an eye on this page for future deliveries and their arrival into Perth.
9V-OJA Scoot Boeing 787-9 3077

Shown below is Scoot’s second 787-9 to be delivered, 9V-OJB, seen here on finals for runway 21 on March 11, 2015. This aircraft is named ‘Barry’ and takes over the name from Scoot’s Triple 7, 9V-OTA, that bore the same name.
Boeing 787-9 9V-OJB Scoot

Looking superb in the late afternoon sun, the Scoot livery really suits the 787. This aircraft was delivered to Scoot in Singapore on March 5, 2015, six days before this picture was taken.
Boeing 787-9 9V-OJB Scoot

Scoot’s 787’s are powered by Rolls-Royce engines. Note how aerodynamically clean the wing is on these aircraft, especially between the flap sections and the small gap between the flap and the wing trailing edge. Gone are the days of double and triple slotted flaps.
Boeing 787-9 9V-OJB Scoot

As noted on my Home page, China Southern replaced their Airbus A330-200’s on the Guangzhou-Perth route on March 31, so on Sunday 3rd April I went to the airport to see only their second 787 service into Perth. B-2735 had the honor of making the trip and it is seen here parked at the gate prior to departure back to China as flight CZ 320.
B-2735 China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8

All of China Southern’s 787’s feature this special design and carry the large ‘787’ on the forward section of the fuselage, similar to ANA. All of China Southern’s 787’s are powered by general Electric GEnx engines, which makes them unique amongst the other 787 operators fling into Perth which operate Rolls-Royce powered.
B-2735 China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8

As of April 2015, China Southern has ten 787’s in service, all of which feature this special design.
B-2735 China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8

Not only did the 3rd of April provide my first China Southern 787, it also provided my first opportunity to catch Thai’s 787 HS-TQA. This aircraft had flown into Perth a number of times before this date, but this was the first time I had been able to take a photo of it. Two new 787’s on the same morning – not bad!
HS-TQA Thai Airways Boeing 787-8

HS-TQA, named ‘Ongkharak’, was delivered to Thai on July 16, 2014, the first of its 787’s to join the airline. Thai’s 787’s are also powered by Rolls-Royce engines.
HS-TQA Thai Airways Boeing 787-8

Another weekend and another China Southern Dreamliner, this time B-2726 on Sunday April 5. This aircraft was delivered to China Southern on 24 December, 2013, making it one of the older 787’s on this page so far.
B-2726 China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8

These shots show the aircraft taking off from runway 21 and from this angle you get a good view of the engine cowling’s unique scalloped design which reduces noise.
B-2726 China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8

For some reason, the China Southern crew left the aircraft’s undercarriage down for some considerable time after take-off. This is usually done to let the wheel brakes cool before being retracted, but I had to wonder whether on this occasion the crew actually forgot to retract them, they were down so long – surely not!
B-2726 China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8

Scoot’s third 787 into Perth was 9V-OJC, named ‘Inspiring Spirit’, and is seen here landing after sunset on June 27, 2015, on runway 03.
Scoot Boeing 787-9, 9V-OJC

And so for now these are all of the Dreamliners I’ve seen, but with more China Southern 787’s flying in, and with Scoot, Thai and Air New Zealand taking delivery of new examples, it hopefully won’t belong until more find their way in front of my camera and onto these pages.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: