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Boeing 787 Dreamliner has not been actively in service and the tests continue. I participated in the airplane’s first flight from Seattle and landed in Tokyo. The flight, which would normally take hours, took only ten minutes in Boeing's simulation center in London.

Due to problems with component exporters, with certification and the composite fuselage, Boeing’s new aircraft 787 Dreamliner was delayed for 2.5 years.

The first delivery will be made to Japanese ANA Airlines in February or March 2012. Boeing finished construction of 28 units of 787 in order to make up for the delay. Training programs are going on one hand, and on the other pilots, cabin workers and technicians are being trained in the simulation centers in Seattle, Shanghai and Singapore, in addition to London.

Boeing is preparing for a revolution in personnel training for its first aircraft having a completely composite-plastic fuselage. The classes are benefiting from video screenings and 3D animations.

Before going to the simulators I visited the cabin mock-up. The greatest change is that the color green replaces red in emergency exit signs. The recent studies showed that the green is perceived more easily than red.

Some 150 pilots were hired for Boeing 787 trainings, each of them having an average of 15,000 hours of flight experience.

Fun to fly

Visual details have been of the most paramount importance in the simulators manufactured by Thales. We finished the preparations shortly and took of at Seattle's Tacoma Airport. The main controls of the aircraft are very easy to use.

Head-Up Displays, or HUD, offer an extra convenience enabling the pilots to have a better control over their route. Under unpleasant weather conditions when the sight-range is limited, HUD increases the flight safety. There are HUDs both in front of the main pilot and co-pilot.

We are landing in Tokyo’s Haneda airport which is famous for its rainy weather. The visual simulations are so realistic. The airplane stops in the middle of the runway after braking.

The training pilots that I have talked with about the 787 have said that they really liked the flight characteristics of the aircraft. Most of them liken it exactly to 777 but say it is much more fun to fly with 787.

Boeing preferred to actualize the 787 trainings in different corners of the world but under its surveillance. What is aimed with that is to better introduce the new aircraft to the airports. Boeing is planning to increase its investments in terms of this, thus aiming to maintain better operation without compromising its standards.

Unbelievable ascension

I am at Do&Co International's London Heathrow base. The company’s owner, Atilla Doğudan’s, new generation actor is in charge of his business. Marius Doğudan or Erol Doğudan with his Turkish name is Attila's youngest son. He is only 24 now but this young man is the manager of the company’s London and New York operations.

He is exactly like his father. Fussy about details, is never content with anything less than perfect. Very meticulous, he just cannot stand a single slice of zucchini being over-grilled.  Picks it up from the moving tray and puts it aside.

He is almost taking the photographs with his eyes of the dishes loaded in the plane for Emirates, or the appetizers prepared for Etihad or whether there is a fault with the service plates or not.

Undoubtedly, he must be tasting his father’s delicious food very frequently but he is tall and gaunt.

His elder brother, Attila Mark Doğudan, 26 years old, is working at the Vienna base.

Marius is working together with his childhood friend, who also is the commander of Do&Co's New York base, Cristiano Ceriani.

Having spent a month in Turkey last year, Marius says he loves Istanbul. He has started to take Turkish classes. “If I stay there for six months, I can be fluent,” he says.

The facility opened in Heathrow in 2003 is located on a 4.500 square-meter area. It first started to undertake the business class food service for the British Airways’ short- and mid-range flights. The company’s second biggest customer after British Airways is Emirates.

The company makes five flights between Dubai and London Heathrow, two of which being with A380 aircrafts.

Do&Co crew is loading 6000 trays of food on a daily basis. Emirates want them to run the passenger lounges in Heathrow Airport.

The other customers of the company are Etihad and Cyprus Airways. The food service is loaded from Turkey in Turkish Airlines’ London flights. But the shortages or beverages are supplemented from the London base.

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