SWISS has signed on the dotted line earlier this morning and has taken delivery of their first 777.
Later this afternoon, ‘HB-JNA’ will depart Paine Field in Washington at 1:35p (local PAE time) and head for Zurich where she’ll be greeted with a bit of fanfare over the next few days. This is the first of 9 777 aircraft that SWISS is set to receive.
For those of you wishing to check in on her flight, you can track it as flight LX7771.
For related posts covering the LX 777s, please click on the following:
SWISS’ 777 Is Back From The Paint Shop.
SWISS’ 777 Is Ready For The Paint Shop.
SWISS’ 777 European ‘Training’ Schedule.
More SWISS 777 Photos.
SWISS’ first 777 will sport this livery.
Thanks to poor weather conditions in the Paine Field area, the return of SWISS’ first 777 from the paint shop in Portland was delayed by a day. In fact, the plane was forced to land at Boeing Field in Seattle thanks to how quickly weather deteriorated at PAE. It would spend the night at BFI before flying to Paine the next morning.
Here is a shot from the first moments after the aircraft arrived in Paine Field on January 5. A big thanks to Jennifer Schuld for sharing her photo. Jen is an active spotter at Paine Field and you can see her other great photos on twitter (@JenSchuld). She literally has new content almost every day!
Courtesy: Jennifer Schuld
Nevertheless, she is finally at Paine where she will undergo final preparations ahead of being handed over to SWISS in the coming weeks.
However, the paint and graphics work is not quite finished. To mark the occasion, SWISS will be applying a unique graphic to the fuselage that will make it even ‘more’ SWISS.
The graphic was designed to showcase the SWISS heritage and will be a film that will be applied to the fuselage once the aircraft arrives in Zurich. This livery will be unique to this 777.
Over the coming months, SWISS will be introducing their 777s primarily on domestic European routes which will allow for their crews to train and become acclimated with the aircraft before they start flying their long haul routes.
Here is the next installment of images from my recent trip to Paine Field.
If you missed what I’ve posted so far from this ‘series’, here is the index of what has been published so far:
Paine Spotting: February 2015 (Part I)
Lufthansa Cargo’s D-ALFE Goes Home
Lufthansa’s D-ABYS Showing off at Paine Field
Lufthansa’s D-ABYT Retro-Jet: Inaugural Flight
Lufthansa’s D-ABYT Retro-Jet: Returns From Inaugural Flight
Lufthansa’s D-ABYT Retro-Jet: Even More Pictures!
Virgin Atlantic 787 (G-VZIG)
Saudia Cargo (HZ-AK71) prepares for test flight.
…and subsequent return.
Lufthansa’s D-ABYS returns from a Customer Flight – It has since been delivered to Lufthansa.
Lufthansa’ 747-8i (D-ABYS)
LAN’s newest 787, CC-BGB, being remove from Paint Hangar. Photo taken from my hotel room!
JAL’s newest 787 prepares for B-1 Flight.
EVA’s 777 (B16721) prepares for delivery flight…
Cathay’s 777 returns from Customer Flight.
Cathay’s 777, B-KQW, seconds after its completion. Seen here being towed to the Paint Hangar area.
American’s second 787, N801AC, departing for test flight.
If you’ve been visiting LH Flyer over the past few days, you might be thinking that the only things happening at Paine Field last week were related to Lufthansa aircraft. Granted, Lufthansa did take delivery of their last Cargo 777 (D-ALFE), they did unveil the much anticipated Retro Livery on one of their 747-8i (D-ABYT), and of course there was yet another 747, D-ABYS, that underwent her final flight tests ahead of delivery to LH. For those of you that may have missed some of these moments, you can find those posts here:
D-ALFE: Lufthansa Cargo’s last 777F
D-ABYS: Final test and customer flights ahead of delivery.
D-ABYT: Part I (First Looks & Inaugural Flight), Part II (Return From Inaugural Flight), Part III (Additional photos).
However it was a busy week at Paine Field for other carriers as well. Several airlines took deliveries of their newest birds, Boeing unveiled a few newly painted planes and a variety of test flights filled the 3 days that I spent there. I’m glad that I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Everett since it’s location right next to the airport made it easy to see everything that was going on, even in the middle of the night!
Because of the amount of photos, I’ll break this plane spotting post into 2 or 3 parts. Part 2 and 3 will follow in the next few days.
To see my other Plane Spotting related posts, please visit the Plane Spotting Index or Aero-Shots.com where you can see my growing collection (i.e. work in progress) of Airline photographs.
Cathay’s B-KQV enters the runway for her test flight
A new United 787 departs on her final test flight prior to delivery.
TK’s TV-JJV 777 approaches Paine Field
Turkish 777 touchdown after ferry flight from California where she was painted.
Singapore’s 9V-SNA prepares for a test flight.
Qatar’s 787 A7-BCS departs for a final test flight
Its not all about modern AIrliners at Paine Field…..This DC3 prepares for takeoff.
A rare sight, an ANA 777 being moved in the Boeing Factory.
KLM’s 777 (new livery) prepares for her first-ever flight.
KLM’s newest 777 approaches Paine Field
Hainan’s newest 787 minutes after being removed from the Paint Hangar.
Cathay’s B-KQV enters the runway for her test flight
A unique angle as this CX 777 executed an intentional missed approach.
Batik Air’s newest 737
American Airlines 737
Over the next month, Lufthansa will take delivery of their final 3 747-8i aircraft. When all is said and told, 19 ‘Queens of the Sky’ will be in the fleet for what should be 15-20 years. It also marks the beginning of the end of new 4-engine aircraft for Lufthansa (there are also 2 A380s set to still join the fleet).
The first 747-8i joined the fleet in 2012 and had her inaugural flight on June 1, 2012. I was fortunate to be in Frankfurt for the festivities surrounding the first 747-8i to join the fleet and now look back and see how quickly time has ‘flown’ by. Pun probably intended.
With ‘YS’ ready for delivery, it leaves D-ABYT and D-ABYU as the final 2 747-8ii that will join the fleet. ‘YT’ is the much-anticipated ‘Retro Jet’ who will sport the livery that was on Lufthansa aircraft in the 1980s. ‘YU’ should have her paint work completed this weekend and I’ll be able to bring you a few images of her as the last 747-8i that is scheduled to join the fleet.
Here is a look at the Retro Livery. She’s parked over a mile away and unfortunately a SCOOT 787 is in the way……
For now, here are several shots I took at Paine Field as ‘YS’ was put through the motions during a ‘B2’ test flight. Typically new aircraft go through three test flights: B1, B2, C1. The ‘B’ flights are conducted by Boeing pilots who troubleshoot and certify the aircraft. The C flight is conducted by the ‘Customer’ and typical involves the Airline’s pilots and technicians. Once A ‘C’ flight is completed, it is ready for delivery to the airline.
By the way, if you missed yesterday’s posted regarding LH Cargo’s last 777F delivery, click here!
Entering the taxiway towards runway 16R
Returning from B2 Flight
Over the numbers…..