January 27, 2021

Boeing’s Dreamliner Lands in Japan for Week of Tests

The plane, called the Dreamliner, touched down at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from Seattle early Sunday to applause and a white “Welcome to Japan” banner held by flight attendants and workers. Two fire trucks shot out celebratory arches of water as the aircraft approached the hangar.

ANA even offered a live video feed of the landing on Ustream. As of Sunday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 37,000 times.

The pilot Masayuki Ishii said he stayed calm during the flight but grew emotional upon landing and seeing the excitement on the ground.

The 787’s much-anticipated arrival marks the near-end of a long wait by ANA, the first customer in line for the next-generation aircraft. Boeing missed the initial May 2008 delivery goal and has repeatedly delayed its introduction because of problems in development.

The twin-engine jet is made mostly of carbon fiber and other composite materials instead of aluminum, making it lighter and 20 percent more fuel-efficient than other mid-sized airliners, according to Boeing.

As airlines around the world grapple with rising fuel prices, demand is high for low-consumption planes.

Boeing, based in Chicago, has taken orders for 835 of the Dreamliners, and hopes to deliver the first one to ANA in August or September.

ANA has ordered 55 787s. Qantas and United Continental Holdings have each ordered 50, and Japan Airlines has ordered 35.

Rival Airbus is expected to have its competitor to the 787, the A350, ready to enter service with Qatar Airways in 2013. Airbus has racked up nearly 600 orders for the new jetliner, which is also made mainly of carbon-fiber polymers.

The test aircraft will fly several of ANA’s domestic routes out of Tokyo this week. Maintenance crews will also practice refueling, towing and other routine servicing operations. It is scheduled to depart for Seattle on Saturday, according to ANA.

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/04/business/04boeing.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Bucks: Case of a 145-Day Tax Refund Delay

Tim Ryan has been sucked into a vortex of bad tax luck. Last week, we reported that some taxpayers were facing delays in getting refund checks, due to computer snafus in processing their repayment of the 2008 first-time home buyer tax credit. (The credit was really a no-interest loan and has to be repaid over 15 years, beginning this year). Many of those filers, the Internal Revenue Service says, should begin getting their refunds in April.

But Mr. Ryan, a 28-year old logistics manager near Des Moines, said that when he called the agency on March 11 to check on his refund, a representative said it would be another 145 days — or, sometime in the middle of the summer.

Why the long wait? An I.R.S. spokesman wasn’t able to shed light on the situation. But it appears that Mr. Ryan falls into several different categories of filers cited by the agency as likely to face delays.

For starters, Mr. Ryan claimed the 2008 credit on his 2008 federal tax return and began paying it back on his 2010 return. The I.R.S. acknowledges many such filers were facing delays — although, the agency said, most of them are married couples filing jointly. Mr. Ryan is single. He did, however, try to pay more than the minimum amount due on the credit, which the I.R.S. cited as another factor causing its computers to freak out. Although he was required to pay just $500, he paid $1,250. “I don’t want it hanging over my head for 15 years,” he told me.

More of a mystery, however, is that Mr. Ryan says the I.R.S. rep also told him he was facing an added delay because he filed “too early.”

Because Congress didn’t pass tax legislation until December, the I.R.S. didn’t have as much time as usual to update its computer systems. It announced in January that it wouldn’t accept certain returns — including those from people who took a home buyer credit, or itemized deductions — until Feb. 14.

Mr. Ryan was unaware of that issue. But when he used TaxAct, an online tax service, to file his return electronically on Feb. 3, a message bounced back, telling him that his return would be filed on Feb. 14 because of the I.R.S. delay. And as far as he knows, that’s what happened. So he doesn’t understand why the agency thinks he filed early.

Jessi Dolmage, a spokeswoman for TaxAct, said in an e-mail that its accountants can’t be sure what happened without examining the specific return. But “they’re pretty confident that the 145-day waiting period for his refund has little to do with his ‘filing early’ and more to do with the I.R.S.’s delayed and slow processing of returns with the 2008 first-time home buyer credit,” she said.

Mr. Ryan, who said he’s due a $1,000 refund, said he’s not desperate for it. But he added that he was getting married in the fall and it would be nice to have extra cash to help cover expenses.

Have you been told by the I.R.S. that you filed “too early?” Let us know.

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