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  • DOJ probe expands beyond Boeing 737 MAX, includes 787 Dreamliner

    07/01/2019 7:57:34 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 12 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/28/2019 | Steve Miletich
    Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records from Boeing relating to the production of the 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina, where there have been allegations of shoddy work, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. The subpoena was issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the sources said. DOJ is also conducting a criminal investigation into the certification and design of the 737 MAX after two deadly crashes of that jetliner. The 787 subpoena significantly widens the scope of the DOJ’s scrutiny of safety issues at Boeing. The two sources who revealed the subpoena spoke on condition of anonymity because of...
  • Germany drops F-35 from fighter tender; Boeing F/A-18 and Eurofighter to battle on

    01/31/2019 8:00:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/01/2019
    BERLIN: Germany will pick either the Eurofighter or Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jet to replace its Tornado warplanes, knocking Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter out of a tender worth billions of euros, Defence Ministry sources said on Thursday (Jan 31). The ministry will make a final decision after receiving detailed information from Boeing and Airbus about the aircraft, which must be able to carry US nuclear weapons to fulfill Germany's obligations to NATO, the sources said. No timetable for a decision was given, but the process could take time since the US government will have to certify both jets to carry...
  • Boeing's unveils radical 'transonic' wing design

    01/12/2019 11:59:41 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 53 replies
    CNN (Travel) ^ | 1/11/19 | Jack Guy
    Boeing's latest innovation is an extremely thin, folding wing that will offer unprecedented aerodynamic efficiency, according to a news release from the company. The Transonic Truss-Braced Wing...extended wingspan of 170 feet...increased top speed from a planned Mach 0.70-0.75 to Mach 0.80 by modifying the wing sweep and optimizing the supporting structure, changes which allow the truss to carry lift more efficiently. Boeing has developed the wing in partnership with NASA over the course of nearly a decade. Their work is part of the Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research program, which encourages the development of less noisy, more efficient aircraft that...
  • Obama delivers speech to Boeing after $10M donation made to his presidential center

    01/30/2019 1:22:34 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 32 replies
    Wash Exam ^ | 1/28/19 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Former President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Boeing’s annual executive retreat earlier this month after the company donated $10 million to Obama’s library and museum in Chicago. Obama made an appearance at the retreat to provide leadership tips and waived his usual speaking fee for the occasion, Obama’s spokeswoman Katie Hill told Bloomberg. Just last year, former President George W. Bush also provided a speech at the same event. A spokesman for the Obama Foundation, which is overseeing the creation of the Obama Presidential Center, did not disclose the exact amount Boeing donated to the library and museum fund,...
  • The Biggest Jet Engines in History Are Finally Ready to Power Boeing's Biggest Plane

    01/07/2019 8:12:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 4, 2018 | Sam Blum
    Boeing is set to debut its biggest plane ever next month, and the 777X has finally been paired with the gargantuan GE9X engine that will propel its flight. The plane is currently housed in Boeing's Everett, Washington, assembly plant, where pictures show it looming over workers as they prepare it for its maiden flight. The GE9X engine is the biggest turbine engine in the world. At roughly the size of an entire Boeing 737's fuselage, it was subjected to test flights last March when a single turbine was hitched to a 747 testbed. The engine includes a composite fan more...
  • China Takes Delivery of Its 2,000th Boeing Aircraft

    12/01/2018 11:44:08 AM PST · by Simon Green · 21 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 12/01/18 | J. Scott Clark
    Boeing has officially delivered 2,000 aircraft to China. The latest plane — a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Xiamen Airlines — marks yet another milestone for Boeing and China. It took Boeing four decades to reach the first 1,000 deliveries. But with China’s rapid growth rates, this new milestone was reached in just five years. Boeing says that currently one out of every four aircraft it’s producing is headed to China. Boeing has heavily invested in China, now the second largest economy on the planet. Its work there reportedly accounts for $1 billion in economic activity in China. Every...
  • A decade after debut, first A380 jumbos to be broken up

    06/05/2018 5:57:10 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Jun 2018 | Tim Hepher
    A German investment company said on Tuesday it would strip two unwanted Airbus A380 superjumbo passenger jets for parts after failing to find an airline willing to keep them flying following a decision by Singapore Airlines not to keep them in service... ...Throwing the loss-making program a lifeline for a decade, Emirates recently ordered up to 36 more A380s and set out plans on Tuesday to install 56 Premium Economy seats.
  • Airbus’s Flagship Plane May Be Too Big To Be Profitable (A380 ‘Super-Jumbo’)

    12/28/2014 9:50:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Manchester Guardian via Business Insider ^ | Dec. 28, 2014, 10:38 AM | Karl West
    Tom Enders stared at the phone on his desk as it began to ring. The Airbus boss had been expecting a call to his office in Toulouse. It was Tim Clark, chief executive of Dubai-based airline Emirates, the biggest buyer of the planemaker’s A380 “superjumbo”. Clark was angry. He wanted to know why Airbus finance director Harald Wilhelm had just raised the prospect of the death of the A380. The aircraft cost $25 billion (£16 billion) to develop, but it has struggled to chalk up the large orders Airbus had envisioned, at $440 million each. So far, it has just...
  • Jumbo Win for Boeing {no more A380}

    02/19/2019 4:46:57 AM PST · by JudgemAll · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/13/19 | Marisia Garcia
    Out of Time Airbus CEO Tom Enders expressed regrets over the timing of the A380 program, saying, “There has been speculation that we were 10 years too early; I think it is clear that we were 10 years too late.” But it was closer to four decades too late, or perhaps three decades too soon. There was not enough demand for an aircraft that size by the time the A380 rolled out in 2005, as proven by the aircraft's inability to attract sizeable orders in its brief lifetime. The 747 has lasted five decades and still maintains a sizable share...
  • This Era In Commercial Aviation Is Coming To A Close(A380)

    02/14/2019 7:41:04 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 50 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 14 Feb 2019 | GILLIAN RICH
    Production on the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet will end, and deliveries will stop in 2021 after Airbus (EADSY) renegotiated an order with Emirates, the largest A380 customer. ...The Airbus A380 entered commercial service just 11 years ago and can only be accommodated at about a dozen airports worldwide due to its size. ...Meanwhile, the Boeing 747 looks to live on, even as demand from carriers also shrinks.
  • How Boeing Lured Airbus Into Now-Busted A380

    02/24/2019 4:07:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 14, 2019 | Peter Cohan
    It's an outcome that rival Boeing anticipated about 25 years ago when it outplayed Airbus with a brilliant bit of judo strategy (using Airbus's strength against itself), according to my 2008 book, You Can't Order Change: Lessons from Jim McNerney's Turnaround at Boeing... As the Journal reported, in 2000, Airbus bet over $10 billion on the 555-seat A380 because it wanted to replace Boeing's 50 year old 747 jumbo jet. The A380 went over budget due to development delays and while passengers liked the plane, airlines preferred Boeing's 787 Dreamliner or Airbus's A350... This A380 denouement was envisioned by Boeing's...
  • Airbus patents plane that could fly from Paris to Tokyo in three hours

    08/05/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 5, 2015 | Reuters
    Airbus has won a patent for a hypersonic passenger plane, but Concorde’s hydrogen-powered successor is unlikely to leave the drawing board any time soon. The proposed aeroplane would cut the journey time from Paris to Tokyo from 12 to under three hours. The idea, first published in 2011, is to use three different kinds of engine power to jump above the atmosphere while still using regular runways for takeoff. It has now won approval from the US Patent Office. The concept comes as commercial space companies such as Virgin Galactic pursue plans for low-level space flights. Airbus’s proposed plane has...
  • Concorde Mark 2: Airbus files plans for new supersonic jet

    08/04/2015 10:08:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 3:20PM BST 04 Aug 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    New jet could cut flight time from London to New York to just one hour The new jet could fly from London to New York in an hour - opening up the possibility of a transatlantic return journey in a day. Concorde 2 would be capable of flying more than four times the speed of sound – or more than 2,500mph, according to documents lodged with the US Patent Office by the aerospace and defence group The filings refer to an “ultra-rapid air vehicle” and “method of aerial locomotion” for the aircraft, which would cruise at an altitude of more...
  • China’s answer to Airbus, Boeing due to take off on Friday

    05/03/2017 4:04:11 PM PDT · by teacherwoes · 60 replies
    SCMP ^ | May 3, 2017 | Daniel Ren
    After a three year delay the long-awaited maiden flight of China’s 158-seat C919 passenger aircraft is scheduled for Friday, the latest step by the country to break the duopoly of Western giants Airbus and Boeing. According to Xinhua, the first flight of the C919, assembled by state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), will be conducted at the Shanghai International Airport on Friday, but could be delayed if weather conditions are not suitable. The timing for the first flight was set after the passenger jet passed a thorough assessment in April. A successful maiden flight, followed by a series of...
  • Russia Says Its New Commercial Airliner Is as Good as Any Boeing or Airbus

    06/13/2016 11:44:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | June 9, 2016 | David Grossman
    The Russian government is getting into the business of commercial planes. The Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), which is majority owned by the government, has just unveiled the MC-21 300, which it boasts will be a rival to the best planes coming out of commercial aerospace, like the Airbus A320neo and the Boeing 737Max.
  • Facts About Airbus Subsidies

    03/01/2018 3:17:21 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 17 replies
    Boeing ^ | Varies | Boeing
    For the last decade, the U.S. has pursued a case before the World Trade Organization (WTO) against illegal subsidies provided to Airbus by four European governments, which have given the European plane maker an unfair advantage in the global market. With government help, Airbus has captured 50% of the global commercial airplane market . The European Union has used delay and stall tactics to continue evading global trade rules by filing their own cases against the United States and ignoring WTO compliance rulings against their illegal practices. They’ve lost badly at every twist and turn, and now it’s time for...
  • Airbus scoffs, Boeing crows as WTO slams EU for failing to address illegal subsidies

    09/22/2016 4:53:46 PM PDT · by djwright · 4 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | September 22, 2016 at 7:35 am | Dominic Gates
    A World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel ruled Thursday that the European Union has fallen dramatically short of remedying the harm to Boeing from illegal subsidies to Airbus. The decision opens a path for the U.S. to implement trade sanctions against the EU — potentially imposing billions of dollars in tariffs on its goods or services.
  • How Airbus’s A380 Went From Wonder to Blunder

    02/19/2019 6:32:53 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 59 replies
    WSJ ^ | 19 Feb 2018 | Robert Wall
    ...The A380 might have built more momentum if not for production debacles. Around the time of the first test flight in 2005, Airbus realized it had underestimated the complexity of wiring the superjumbo. Managers discovered that French and German designers had used incompatible software. ...More setbacks followed. The engine of an A380 blew up during a passenger flight in 2010. Nobody was hurt, but it drew negative attention to the plane. Wing cracks discovered on many A380s led to costly repairs. Customers, including Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., Air France-KLM SA and Qantas Airways Ltd. , canceled orders. The...
  • If Air France No Longer Wants The Airbus A380, Will Anyone?

    11/28/2018 5:23:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 27, 2018 | Michael Goldstein
    “I can’t get no respect,” moaned the late and overweight comedian Rodney Dangerfield. The Airbus A380, largest and heaviest airliner in operation today, could say that too after Air France reportedly will dump half of its A380 fleet—aircraft built and tested at the “hometown” Airbus factory in Toulouse. Like the quashing of a recent rumor that Lufthansa was on the verge of ordering another 15 A380s, this is another black eye for the world’s largest passenger plane. After all, if France and Germany, the countries that build the A380, don’t want it, who will?
  • Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal: sources

    12/27/2017 7:12:25 AM PST · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Dec 2017 | Tim Hepher
    PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is drawing up contingency plans to phase out production of the world’s largest jetliner, the A380 superjumbo, if it fails to win a key order from Dubai’s Emirates, three people familiar with the matter said. The moment of truth for the slow-selling airliner looms after just 10 years in service and leaves one of Europe’s most visible international symbols hanging by a thread, despite a major airline investment in new cabins unveiled this month. “If there is no Emirates deal, Airbus will start the process of ending A380 production,” a person briefed on the plans said....