In February 2016, China Southern Airlines initiated Boeing 787 Dreamliner service between Guangzhou, China and Vancouver, Canada. Unfortunately, one of the first flights into Vancouver had a bird strike on the no. 2 engine nose cowl on descent.
Considering the high profile surrounding the introduction of the B-787 and the growth of the China-Canada travel market, this situation got a lot of attention.
I was still working as a station expediter at the Vancouver Ops Centre when the damaged aircraft was towed into the hangar just outside of the Line Maintenance office.
Within just a few hours, personnel from Boeing and China Southern arrived on the site and I thought it was quite impressive to watch them coordinate the repair. A new nose cowl was shipped from Boeing up to Vancouver and the aircraft was back in service within twenty-four hours.
Below are a few of the images taken with my cell phone. I checked and Fin # 736 Registration B-2736 is still active in the China Southern fleet.