Today, on July 2, 2019, at 18:35, the fifth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of the National Airline of Uzbekistan landed at the “Tashkent” International Airport named after I.Karimov.
The new airliner was greeted in the capital's airport with the participation of the management and employees of the Uzbekistan Airways, representatives of the public and the mass media.
The non-stop flight from Seattle to Tashkent of about 12 hours was a success. The new aircraft was piloted by the crew of the National Airline of Uzbekistan: pilot-inspector of the Flight Complex of the NAC Joseph Zak and Boeing 787 commander Malik Akhmedov. Before arriving in Tashkent, the aircraft passed flight and ground tests at the Boeing airfield in Everett. The fifth Dreamliner of the NAC was received at the manufacturer's plant by the Deputy Director General of the NAC Gennady Kharlap, Deputy Directors of aviation enterprise “Uzbekistan Airways Technics” Andrey Margachev and Valeriy Kosov. During the test flights, all the mechanisms of the airliner were checked and the necessary procedures were worked out.
The new aircraft, which received the registration number UK78705, has installed GEnx-1B turbofan jet engines of GE Aviation company, which provide low noise level, minimum CO2 emissions and better fuel efficiency. It is the fourth board of the airline to have a satellite communications station for broadband Internet access during the flight. Panasonic Avionics Corporation is a provider of on-board communications and In flight Entertainment and Connectivity, as well as the A320neo of the NAC and previous Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
The new aircraft was also acquired as part of an investment project to upgrade and expand NAC's aircraft fleet with modern aircraft technology to ensure competitiveness and flight safety, and is designed to carry 246 passengers (24 in business class and 222 in economy class). The new aircraft will be used for flights to Frankfurt and Beijing. Spacious saloon, comfortable and wide armchairs, new floor covering, lighting and noise insulation, personal touch screen HD-screens for using entertainment programs, Wi-fi for Internet access, will undoubtedly provide the passengers of "Uzbekistan Airways" with maximum comfort and exciting pastime in flight.
It should be noted that the National Airline of Uzbekistan became the first customer of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in Central Asia. At present, this type of airliner is used for flights to Europe, Asia, America, from Alaska to New Zealand.
In 2020, in accordance with the development plans of Uzbekistan Airways, the fleet will have six airliners of this type and will become the leading operator of such aircraft in the CIS.