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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.