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  • Boeing counting on lift from 787 Dreamliner (End of June)

    05/03/2009 1:16:26 PM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies · 1,224+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 3, 2009 | Karen West
    After two years of costly and embarrassing delays, the first flight of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner is on track for the end of June. When the 787 does lift off, Boeing officials hope it takes the company's stock with it. > They've still got credibility issues, and there's an awful lot of people with a wait-and-see attitude, Aboulafia said, adding that key airline customers remain dubious about the 787s weight and performance on the first six airplanes under production. There are good reasons to be cautious about the 787,'' Aboulafia said. The problem was they've been overly optimistic in their...
  • Crane Co. reopens 787 brake software questions

    03/02/2009 4:54:35 AM PST · by ml/nj · 2 replies · 353+ views
    FlightBlogger ^ | Feb 18, 2009 | Jon Ostrower
    As far back as May of last year, Boeing publicly discussed that the brake control system was a key pacing item for the 787 program. Tracing the evolution of this issue, which Crane and Boeing have stated is resolved, today we find Crane announcing they need to develop a new version of the software, potentially for the 787-9, later blockpoint 787-8s, or even an additional evolution for initial certification. The recipient of the new software is unclear at this point, but it certainly something to be aware of moving forward. ... Crane Co. CEO Eric Fast - February 18, 2009:...
  • Boeing 787 undergoes its pre-flight "high-blow" test

    10/05/2008 12:28:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies · 814+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 03, 2008 | Geoffrey Thomas
    BOEING is inching closer to the long-overdue first flight of its 787....with the successful completion of the "high blow" high-pressure test on the static test airframe... The high blow test is one of three static tests that must be cleared before the first flight.... During the high blow test, air pressure in the airframe was increased to an internal pressure of 150 per cent of the maximum level expected in service: 14.9lb per square inch (1.05kg/cm) gauge. /cut/ "Still, it's very rewarding to see a whole airplane being tested and having the results we expected," he said. /cut/ The static...
  • Boeing Dreamliner's front end gets finishing touches at Spirit AeroSystems

    06/13/2008 10:17:05 AM PDT · by Proud_USA_Republican · 9 replies · 79+ views
    Seattle-Times ^ | 06/13/2008 | Dominic Gates
    WICHITA, Kan. Almost a year ago in Everett, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner No. 1 rolled out with an impressive exterior but completely empty inside. At the sprawling Spirit AeroSystems plant here Thursday, the cockpit door inside the 42-foot-long front section of Dreamliner No. 4 opened to reveal a finished flight deck. Though it's only the front of the plane, it seemed almost ready for takeoff.
  • Younger Fleets Boost Non-U.S. Airlines

    06/03/2008 2:38:18 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 12 replies · 190+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | June 2, 2008 | Carol Matlack
    The aging planes of United, American, and Delta guzzle more gas and make the U.S. carriers more vulnerable to soaring oil pricesand to their global competitors For a look at one of the biggest headaches facing U.S. airlines, head out to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport any day and watch the big jets taking off for the U.S. There goes United Airlines to Chicago, American Airlines to Boston, Delta Air Lines to Atlanta, and Air France to New York's John F. Kennedy airport. What's the big deal? Many of the U.S. carriers' planes are Boeing 767s, a model that dates...
  • Some buyers will get 787s 2 years late Delays could cost Boeing $4 billion in fines

    05/09/2008 6:47:51 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 17 replies · 67+ views ^ | May 8, 2008 9:00 p.m. PT | JAMES WALLACE
    Although The Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner may be only 15 months or so behind schedule, delivery delays will be as much as twice that long for some customers that bought the fuel-efficient composite jet. The extent of the delivery delays, which likely will cost Boeing several billion dollars in penalty payments, became more apparent Thursday when two important 787 customers disclosed just how late their planes will be. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the parent of International Lease Financial Corp., the biggest customer for the 787 with 74 on order, disclosed that its planes will be...
  • Boeing delays delivery of 787s to Air Canada

    05/08/2008 8:48:21 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 6 replies · 124+ views
    Financial Post ^ | May 08, 2008 | Scott Deveau
    Air Canada will have to wait at least two years longer than originally expected to take delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner, the airline revealed on Thursday. The Boeing Co. has told Air Canada that it will deliver the first of the 37 aircraft it has on order at least 24 to 30 months later than the carrier had previously expected, at the earliest in January 2012. Air Canada will be seeking compensation from Boeing for the delays, Montie Brewer, Air Canada chief executive, told a conference call on Thursday. In April, Boeing announced that the first deliveries of the...
  • Boeing to face further delays in Dreamliner delivery - report

    04/20/2008 12:32:55 PM PDT · by avid · 2 replies · 72+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.20.08 | Thomson Financial News
    FRANKFURT (Thomson Financial) - Boeing Co. faces further delays in the delivery of its B787 Dreamliner because it is unlikely to get clearance from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on time, German weekly Focus reported, citing sources at the FAA. The so-called 'Type Certification' will not be granted before the end of 2009, possibly early 2010, and not in the third quarter of 2009 as initially projected, delaying delivery to the first customer All Nippon Airways. Boeing (nyse: BA - news - people ) plans to publish the new schedule next month, the magazine said in an excerpt of an...
  • Boeing aid will fund rival fleet at Qantas

    04/15/2008 8:26:45 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 7 replies · 161+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | April 16, 2008 | Geoff Easdown
    QANTAS directors will be asked today to sign off on a $200 million deal, paid for with compensation from Boeing, to lease a fleet of jetliners built by Airbus Jetstar, the Australian flag carrier's budget brand, will ask the Qantas board to sign off on a lease deal for up to six French-built A330 jetliners. [...] Yesterday Qantas sources said only that the amount will be well in excess of the $200 million Airbus paid after it pushed back by two years the delivery to Qantas and other airlines of its first A380 super jumbo because of wiring problems. [...]...
  • Boeing suggests 767-300ERs to help solve the 787 capacity gap

    04/14/2008 11:01:39 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 9 replies · 1,312+ views
    Flight International ^ | 14 April 2008 | Max Kingsley-Jones
    Boeing suggests 767-300ERs to help solve the 787 capacity gap Boeing has yet to tell 787 customers exactly how their delivery schedules will be impacted by the latest delay, but it has floated the idea of producing brand new 767-300ERs to help fill the capacity gap. Dreamliner deliveries will not now begin until the third quarter of next year - at least six months later than planned - and production ramp-up will then be much slower than previously expected with output not due to reach 10 a month until 2012. This will have a major impact on widebody capacity growth...
  • Airlines lining up for Boeing 787 compensation

    04/10/2008 5:52:58 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 21 replies · 91+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 10, 2008 | Adrian Bathgate and Aiko Hayashi
    WELLINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Airlines lined up on Thursday for compensation after Boeing Co announced a further six-month delay for its new 787 Dreamliner plane, with Air New Zealand, Air India and Japan's two big carriers eyeing redress. The U.S. plane maker announced the third major delay for the revolutionary plane on Wednesday, promising first delivery in the third quarter of 2009, more than a year after the original target of May this year -- with an indefinite delay for a short-range model favoured by the Japanese carriers. Air New Zealand and Air India AI.UL said they would seek compensation. All...
  • Boeing 787 Launch to Be Delayed Again

    04/09/2008 6:32:14 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 15 replies · 54+ views
    AP hosted by Google ^ | April 9, 2008 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) The Boeing Co. has announced another delay involving its 787 jetliner, pushing back its expected debut in commercial service to the third quarter of 2009. It's the fourth time Boeing has had to revise the schedule for the top-selling plane, which has been plagued by supply-chain problems. The latest setback had been expected by analysts as well as customers of the aircraft. It further undermines the company's credibility after failing to deliver on its previous three scheduled plans for the 787. Boeing says the plane's first flight now won't take place until the fourth quarter of this...
  • Wall St, buyers expect more delays on Boeing 787

    03/20/2008 4:51:19 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 37 replies · 555+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:07pm EDT | Bill Rigby
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Industry insiders and Wall Street analysts are expecting further delays on Boeing Co's (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) new 787 Dreamliner, as the U.S. plane maker grapples with last-minute design changes and production problems. Most now point to the second half of 2009 as the likely start of deliveries of the lightweight plane, at least six months later than Boeing's current target and about 15 months beyond the original schedule. The latest problem involves redesigning the plane's crucial center wing box, according to Steven Udvar-Hazy, chief executive of International Lease Finance Corp, which is the biggest...
  • Key 787 Customer: Wing Has Design Problems

    03/19/2008 2:02:08 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 9 replies · 1,298+ views
    Avation Week ^ | 19 March 2008 | Joseph C. Anselmo and Michael Mecham
    The largest customer for Boeing's 787 is predicting another six-month slip in deliveries and has for the first time raised the specter that the new passenger jet's troubles extend beyond production delays to design problems. International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy told a JPMorgan investor conference that structural design changes have to be made to the 787's center wing box, a move that would require retrofits of the first two flight-test airplanes that are being produced. Calling the state of the program "not pretty," Udvar-Hazy said he doesn't see the 787 making its first flight until this fall...
  • More delays to come on Boeing's 787 - analyst

    03/07/2008 8:17:40 AM PST · by wolf78 · 13 replies · 677+ views
    REUTERS ^ | Fri Mar 7, 2008 | Reuters
    NEW YORK, March 7 (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) probably won't deliver its first 787 Dreamliner until July next year at the earliest, a Goldman Sachs analyst said on Friday, potentially adding another six-month delay onto the troubled program, which is already nine months behind schedule. Airlines are still enthusiastic about Boeing's new carbon-composite plane, which promises to cut fuel costs by 20 percent, but some are starting to show impatience with slow progress on the aircraft, which was originally set to enter service in May this year. "We now think deliveries will start in the third...
  • How to Hack Into a Boeing 787

    02/26/2008 3:35:45 PM PST · by Tank-FL · 66 replies · 1,448+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, February 20, 2008 | Jackson Kuhl - Fox News
    Last month, technology news sites and blogs breathlessly reported on a Federal Aviation Administration document suggesting that Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may be vulnerable to computer hackers. Boeing now says that the problem was fixed even before the FAA issued its warning. But there may be yet another way bad guys could get into the plane's control system, one that neither the company nor the FAA may have noticed. The FAA was specifically concerned that a passenger could use the on-board entertainment network, which personal laptops can plug into, to access the plane's navigation system and disable or...
  • Boeing to compensate Air India for Dreamliner delay

    02/13/2008 7:27:33 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 6 replies · 76+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 13 Feb, 2008, 1939 hrs IST | The Economic Times
    MUMBAI: US aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Wednesday said it would compensate Air India for the delay in the delivery of Dreamliner 787 aircraft to the Indian carrier. "We will compensate Air India for the delay in the delivery of Dreamliners," Boeing Senior Vice-President Dinesh Keskar told reporters on the sidelines of an aviation summit. In 2005, the national carrier had placed orders with Boeing for 68 aircraft costing $11.6 billion. Of the 68 aircraft, 27 are Dreamliners. The first Dreamliner was scheduled to be delivered by end-this year, but the deliveries are now expected to be delayed. "There have been...
  • Sources: More 787 delays

    01/15/2008 8:01:15 PM PST · by skeptoid · 6 replies · 85+ views
    Seattle P. I. ^ | January 15, 2008 | JAMES WALLACE
    In another embarrassing setback for the 787 program and a blow to the company's credibility on Wall Street, Boeing will announce Wednesday morning another delay of up to three months, sources told the Seattle P-I. The first flight of the Dreamliner, originally set for late August 2007, might not happen until June at the earliest. Boeing declined comment Tuesday. But the sources confirmed that the latest delay, which comes on the heels of a six-month delay announced in October, means that no 787s will be delivered in 2008. Airline customers were originally supposed to start taking delivery of the 787...
  • Boeing 787 hit by security fears

    01/09/2008 5:17:30 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 13 replies · 77+ views
    BBC News ^ | 9 January 2008 | Staff
    Boeing has been ordered to ensure passengers on its new 787 Dreamliner jet cannot hack into the flight system and take control of the plane. The ruling has come from America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is concerned that the plane's computer system may be vulnerable. Boeing said it was in constant dialogue with the FAA to resolve the issue. The US giant will start to deliver the mid-sized planes from November. British Airways has ordered 24 Dreamliners. Rival UK carrier Virgin Atlantic has orders for 15.
  • Boeing's new Dreamliner has serious security vulnerability

    01/07/2008 1:29:55 PM PST · by TomServo · 28 replies · 251+ views
    HSDailyWire ^ | 1/7/08 | HSDailyWire
    Among the amenities Boeing's new Dreamliner offers its passengers is on-board Internet connection in flight; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reveals that the computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment is connected to the plane's control, navigation, and communication systems; this means that computer savvy passengers could access -- and take control of -- the plane's control systems; experts say a more secure design would physically separate the two computer networks It's always something: It it's not one thing, it's another. Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may be among the most modern and technologically sophisticated crafts, but it may...
  • British Airways Orders 790 Boeing 787 Dreamliner Planes [wrong number - see downthread]

    12/30/2007 8:05:17 PM PST · by texas booster · 16 replies · 232+ views
    ProTraveller ^ | Dec 27, 2007 | ProTraveller
    British Airways has placed a massive order of 790 planes for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner which is yet to be launched. This is a move that should exalt the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, and place it well beyond its European competitor, Airbus. Boeing hopes to test the 787 Dreamliner before March next year and expects to start delivering planes in December, the same year. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a mid-sized, wide-body, twin engine jet airliner currently in production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes and scheduled to enter service in November 2008. It will carry between 210 and 330 passengers depending...
  • Boeing considers re-centralising after 787 problems: Bair

    11/01/2007 10:21:41 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 2 replies · 47+ views
    Flight International ^ | 1 Nov 2007 | David Kaminski-Morrow
    Boeings former head of the 787 programme, Mike Bair, says the company would favour a centralised manufacturing operation for its next airframe, and steer away from the widely-distributed supply base which, he says, has generated problems in the 787s development. Bair, now vice-president business strategy and marketing for Commercial Airplanesm, concedes that the company placed too much faith in the ability of certain 787 suppliers by tasking them to design aircraft parts as well as manufacture them, rather than simply requesting that they build a pre-designed section. In a speech to a Snohomish County business audience in Everett yesterday Bair...
  • 787 delayed six months

    10/10/2007 9:56:22 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 19 replies · 661+ views
    Seattle Post-Intellingencer ^ | October 10, 2007 9:23 a.m. PT | DAVE CARPENTER
    The Boeing Co. is delaying initial deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner by six months due to continued challenges in completing assembly of the first airplanes, the company said Wednesday. Boeing said deliveries that had been scheduled to begin next May will be pushed back to late November or December 2008. The first flight, already pushed back once from the initial target of earlier this fall, now is anticipated around the end of the first quarter of 2008.
  • Boeing Reschedules Initial 787 Deliveries and First Flight

    10/10/2007 2:24:06 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 3 replies · 314+ views News Release ^ | Oct. 10, 2007 |
    Financial impact not material to earnings Earnings guidance unchanged for 2007 and 2008 CHICAGO, Oct. 10, 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] today announced a six-month delay in its planned initial deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner due to continued challenges completing assembly of the first airplanes. Deliveries of the strong-selling Dreamliner are now slated to begin in late November or December 2008, versus an original target of May 2008. First flight is now anticipated around the end of first quarter 2008. The company said the financial impact of the delay would not be material to earnings and that its earnings...
  • Boeing delays Dreamliner deliveries by six months

    10/10/2007 12:56:06 PM PDT · by Axlrose · 10 replies · 459+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Boeing Co. said Wednesday it would delay first deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner by six months after running into assembly problems, confirming recent speculation that its ultratight testing phase would make scheduled deliveries impossible.
  • 6-month delay seen for 787 delivery

    10/06/2007 10:55:18 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 17 replies · 740+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | October 5, 2007 | JAMES WALLACE
    The Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner could be up to six months late, a well-regarded industry analyst warned Friday in a report that sent the company's shares down sharply on Wall Street. Boeing also may be unable to meet its projected 787 production rates, Lehman Brothers analyst Joseph Campbell said in the research note to clients. "In our view, acknowledged challenges make it more appropriate for Boeing to say while they hope to stay close to schedule, it is more likely that the program could slip by four to six months," Campbell said in the report.
  • New Material for Aircraft Wings Could Lead to Reduced Fuel Consumption

    09/26/2007 8:40:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies · 999+ views ^ | 09/26/2007 | Staff
    A new special aluminum-fiber combination material ( Central Reinforced Aluminum, CentrAl) for aircraft wings that makes them nearly immune to metal fatigue could contribute significantly to lower fuel consumption by reducing the weight of conventional constructions. Fatigue is a phenomenon that affects materials after long-term exposure to cyclic loading. As a result of varying loads, fractures eventually occur. The new CentrAl aluminum constructions are stronger than the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) constructions that have recently been used in aircraft wings such as the Boeing 787. By using CentrAl wing constructions, the weight can be reduced by another 20% compared...
  • Are composite planes like 787 safe?

    09/18/2007 10:46:46 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 67 replies · 359+ views
    Seattle P. I. ^ | September 18, 2007 | James Wallace
    Former CBS newsman and anchor Dan Rather, now with HDNet, will have a special report on the 787 that airs Tuesday, Sept. 18. The subject is whether new composite jets like the 787 are safe. Boeing recently completed a test in which a section of the 787 composite fuselage was dropped from a height of 15 feet to simulate a crash landing. Boeing has said the test was a success. This is part of the Associated Press story the P-I ran about that test: The Boeing Co. said Thursday that results from a recent test on a 787 fuselage section...
  • Temporary Fasteners Causing Major Problems for 787 Program

    09/04/2007 8:56:32 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 32 replies · 1,175+ views
    flightblogger | September 4, 2007 | Jon Ostrower
    According to sources with direct knowledge at both ends of the major sub-assembly supply chain, temporary parts, including fasteners, are causing significant slow downs in the 787 program. The source of the slowdown in progress on Dreamliner One originated in the rush to meet the July 8th roll out. The push to achieve this milestone forced supply chain partners to use over-the-counter parts and prevented assembly teams from being able to document the location of these temporary fasteners on the first 787.
  • Boeing 787: Down to the wire

    08/28/2007 1:17:08 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 12 replies · 1,518+ views
    Inevitably, parallels will be drawn between Airbus's problems with the A380 and Boeing's current issues with the 787. But where Airbus has struggled to get its ultra-large airline into production, Boeing is wrestling with getting its new widebody into the air. So far there is no evidence of any design problems with the 787, unlike the wiring harnesses that snarled the A380. What is tripping Boeing up is the combination of an untested manufacturing system with a compressed development schedule. Under its original plan, Boeing's first 787 should have taken to the air this week to begin an aggressive nine-month...
  • It's a wrap

    08/24/2007 1:29:25 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 7 replies · 615+ views
    Randy's Journal ^ | Aug 24, 2007 | Randy Tinseth
    Korean Air has taken the Dreamliner Premiere to new heights. Theyve wrapped their entire headquarters building in Seoul with a giant image of a 787 taking off in Korean Air blue along with the words, 787 Dreamliner, Special Expectations. And thats no stretch. Korean Airs headquarters will remain wrapped in the 787 Dreamliner through the end of the month. The wrapping project took eight days - with 20 to 30 men working each day, attaching more than 300 pieces of film onto the buildings surface. They tell me that all the pieces lined up together would stretch 2.8...
  • Boeing Unveils New, High-Tech Airliner

    07/09/2007 9:40:53 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 33 replies · 1,361+ views
    V0A ^ | 08 July 2007
    The U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing has unveiled its latest airliner model with great fanfare, and great focus on technological advances in its construction. At a ceremony at a company hangar in the state of Washington Sunday afternoon, some 15,000 guests saw Boeing's 787 Dreamliner for the first time. Boeing says the new airliner will use 20 percent less fuel than other similarly sized planes because of the carbon composite material used in its airframe. An airplane made of composites weighs less than a metal plane, and requires less fuel to do the same job. The 787 has not yet left...
  • Boeing 787 Roll out

    07/08/2007 3:30:21 PM PDT · by missnry · 106 replies · 6,224+ views
    The Boeing Company ^ | July 7, 2007 | Boeing Website
    Watch the 787 rollout event live on 7/8/07 The rollout event for the 787 Dreamliner will be available for the world to view. In an unprecedented move, the event will be broadcast live via webcast in nine different languages at 3:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, July 8 (7/8/07).
  • Boeing set to unveil 787 amid order flurry

    07/08/2007 12:23:27 PM PDT · by phantomworker · 39 replies · 1,715+ views ^ | 7-8-07 | Bill Rigby
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile , Research) prepared to unveil the first carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner on Sunday amid a flurry of 55 new orders for the lightweight, fuel efficient plane. European, Middle Eastern and Australian carriers trumpeted new orders at various Boeing events in Seattle, as the U.S. plane maker got ready to host 15,000 or so employees, customers and suppliers at its nearby Everett, Washington, plant. All are waiting for the first glimpse of the mid-sized, long-range jetliner, which is the company's first all-new plane in 12 years. The jet will not look radically new...
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner to debut - on tarmac

    07/06/2007 7:08:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 1,244+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | July 6, 2007 | Laura Mandaro
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- It won't have passenger seats, it won't fly -- in fact, it won't even motor itself down the runway. Still, when the 787 Dreamliner is unveiled at its Seattle-area factory on July 8, it will culminate an intense push by Boeing & Co. to stamp out fears its star aircraft is running into delays. The roll-out of the 787 on 07-08-07 -- billed a "premiere" by Boeing and to be hosted by former NBC journalist Tom Brokaw -- will show off the lightweight, long-range passenger aircraft with all the main parts snapped together, from carbon-fiber nose...
  • PICTURES: First completed Boeing 787 leaves assembly hall for paint shop

    06/27/2007 6:33:44 AM PDT · by Freeport · 54 replies · 4,421+ views ^ | 27/06/07 | John Croft has obtained pictures of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner headed for the paint shop earlier this week at Boeing's assembly plant in Everett, Washington. The aircraft is scheduled to be formally rolled out on 8 July (7/8/7 using the US date convention) and fly for the first time in August or September. Entry into service with launch customer, All Nippon Airways, is slated for next May.
  • Air France and KLM make $2.7bn Boeing order

    06/21/2007 1:05:01 PM PDT · by Freeport · 11 replies · 538+ views ^ | 21/06/07 | Flight Daily News
    In a deal worth $2.7 billion at list prices, Air France and KLM have teamed up to make a joint order for Boeing 737s and 777s. A total of nine 777-300ERs will be delivered to Air France while KLM will receive seven 737-700s. Options for a further nine 777s and seven 737-700s are also part of the deal. The order is the first aircraft evaluation and purchase conducted by the Air France-KLM Group since it merged in 2003. However, the carriers are at pains to point out that they remain separate in operational terms. The fleet renewal underscores our intention...
  • Airbus upbeat on future; key buyer has concerns

    06/20/2007 8:49:23 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 19, 2007 | James Wallace
    PARIS -- Flanked by his new management team, the co-chief executive of Airbus proclaimed here Tuesday that "Airbus is back, and fully back." That upbeat message from Louis Gallois to a packed media briefing hall came one day after an Airbus order bonanza -- 219 firm orders and another 120 commitments that Airbus said will be firmed up soon. And Airbus added to that impressive total Tuesday. But it must still convince one of the world's most important aviation executives and its best customer that the A350 XWB, the new jet that Airbus is counting on to help even the...
  • PARIS 2007: Rolls-Royce flies Boeing's Trent 1000 engine on 747 testbed

    06/19/2007 9:23:14 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 10 replies · 911+ views ^ | 19/06/2007 | Staff
    Rolls-Royce has flown its Trent 1000 turbofan – the lead powerplant for Boeing’s 787 twinjet – for the first time, aboard the UK manufacturer’s 747 testbed. The first phase of the engine’s flight test programme is being conducted from Waco, Texas. “We gave the engine a hard time for its first flight, but it did everything we asked. It was very stable and predictable,” says Rolls-Royce chief test pilot Phill O’Dell. “Normally at this stage we would have expected to leave the engine at fixed thrust, but we gained confidence so quickly that we used it to manoeuvre the aircraft....
  • PARIS 2007: Rolls-Royce flies Boeing 787s Trent 1000 engine on 747 testbed

    06/19/2007 7:59:28 AM PDT · by Freeport · 12 replies · 920+ views ^ | 19/06/07 | N/A
    Rolls-Royce has flown its Trent 1000 turbofan the lead powerplant for Boeings 787 twinjet for the first time, aboard the UK manufacturers 747 testbed. The first phase of the engines flight test programme is being conducted from Waco, Texas. We gave the engine a hard time for its first flight, but it did everything we asked. It was very stable and predictable, says Rolls-Royce chief test pilot Phill ODell. Normally at this stage we would have expected to leave the engine at fixed thrust, but we gained confidence so quickly that we used it to manoeuvre the aircraft....
  • Update on problems joining 787 fuselage sections

    06/12/2007 9:03:58 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 42 replies · 2,090+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 12, 2007 | James Wallace
    Boeing told me Monday that workers have finally joined the nose section of the 787 to the forward fuselage, but a spokeswoman admitted the two composite fuselage barrels were not a seamless fit and the solution proved "challenging.'' The Everett factory source who I previously quoted in this blog as saying there were unexpected problems in trying to join fuselage sections told me that loads had to be applied by engineers to finally connect the forward and nose sections. This required that some internal structure installed before the sections arrived in Everett be removed to make the massive one-piece composite...
  • Lean, mean, Dream machine - The Boeing 787 takes shape

    06/11/2007 12:41:09 PM PDT · by Freeport · 16 replies · 1,581+ views ^ | 6/12/07 | Guy Norris
    The world's most advanced civil aircraft production line is taking shape in Seattle, as the 787 begins the final lap of its journey to first flight Inside Boeing's cavernous Everett construction plant near Seattle the race is on to assemble the first 787 by the planned 8 July roll-out date. Yet, compared with the bustling 777 production line in the adjacent 40-25 building, the 787 appears to be coming together almost by stealth. Currently the 787 line in the 40-26 building contains only the first aircraft, ZA001, but it will seem relatively empty even when it is pumping out the...
  • Boeing supplier Vought outlines 787 challenges

    06/11/2007 12:04:58 PM PDT · by Freeport · 6 replies · 785+ views ^ | 6/11/07 | N/A
    Key Boeing 787 supplier Vought Aircraft Industries has disclosed it is facing ongoing schedule slippage in obtaining parts it is supposed to install before shipping fuselage sections to Boeing, a company memo obtained by the Seattle press reveals. Shortly after it was reported the head of 787 operations at Vought, Ted Perdue, had left the company, Vought CEO Elmer Doty sent a memo to employees setting clear the firm faced challenges but noting it was acting quickly to address the issues. While Vought has not released a statement on the subject, and could not immediately be reached for comment, details...
  • Aeroflot to buy 22 Boeing 787 jets

    06/09/2007 10:41:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 411+ views
    Daily Times (Pakistan) ^ | Sunday, June 10, 2007 | unattributed
    Russian state-controlled airline Aeroflot signed a landmark deal with US jetmaker Boeing on Saturday to buy 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets. Aeroflot CEO Valery Okulov said the price of the contract was a “commercial secret,” though the list price of the planes puts the value of the contract at over three billion dollars (2.2 billion euros). The long-awaited agreement was a breakthrough for Boeing, which neared a deal on the sale in 2006 before tensions between Washington and Moscow appeared to scupper it. It was not a snub to Boeing’s European rival Airbus, however, as Aeroflot intends to formalise an...
  • Boeing 747 Dreamlifter Achieves FAA Certification

    06/05/2007 9:13:31 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 66 replies · 1,621+ views ^ | June 04, 2007 | Staff
    EVERETT, June 04, 2007 -- The Boeing Dreamlifter, the specially modified 747-400 used to transport the major assemblies of the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, was granted type certification on Saturday, June 2, from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certification recognizes that the Dreamlifter has successfully passed all of the stringent testing and safety requirements required by the FAA. The Dreamlifter does not need to be certified by other regulatory agencies. "This certification reflects not only the safety and reliability of the Dreamlifter but also its remarkable performance," said Scott Strode, 787 vice president of Airplane Definition and Production....
  • Boeing Adds Russia's S7 Airlines To 787 Customer Team

    05/30/2007 1:11:24 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 19 replies · 713+ views
    BERNAMA (Malaysia) ^ | May 30, 2007 11:52 AM | Staff
    KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) -- Boeing and Russia's S7 Group yesterday announced an order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and purchase rights for 10 additional 787s. S7 Group subsidiary S7 Airlines will operate the Dreamliners. The 787s will replace S7's fleet of ageing twin-aisle airplanes and provide capacity for growth. The order is valued at US$2.4 billion at catalogue prices, Boeing said in a statement. At a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday, S7 Airlines said the new 787s will allow the airline to increase frequencies and add new destinations domestically and internationally. "The 787's size and superior...
  • Pictures: Boeing begins 787 final assembly

    05/22/2007 8:22:10 AM PDT · by Freeport · 20 replies · 1,641+ views ^ | May 22, 2007 | Victoria Moores
    Boeing today opened its 787 factory at its Everett plant in the US and began final assembly of its first example of the aircraft. The assembly is taking place in a bay of an early 1990s hangar, which was initially slated for a second 777 line. But, sitting alongside the existing 777 line, the bay has been freed up through lean manufacturing techniques. The nose and mid-body of the first aircraft stand in position, ready for alignment, drilling and joining. Other major assemblies are in a pre-integration area, ready to be moved into place.
  • Giant Cargo Plane Key to 787 Project

    05/18/2007 10:18:58 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 16 replies · 1,134+ views
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | Friday May 18, 1:49 pm ET | Elizabeth M. Gillespie
    Mammoth Cargo Plane Key to Global Supply Chain for 787 EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A gigantic, humpback-shaped cargo plane has been turning heads in the skies over the Seattle area for months as it's undergone hundreds of hours of flight tests. It's about to become a more common sight in a lot more places, as it begins carrying large chunks of Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner from factories in Japan and Italy, South Carolina and Kansas to the company's widebody assembly plant here. It's called the Dreamlifter -- a lofty name for a jet whose bulbous fuselage has earned...
  • Boeing Orders Roll In as 737-900ER Wins FAA Approval for Commercial Service

    05/03/2007 7:37:11 AM PDT · by Freeport · 6 replies · 712+ views ^ | 27 April 2007 | Chris Kjelgaa
    Boeing has seen orders for its airliner models pour in during a week when the Federal Aviation Administration approved Boeing's newest 737 model, the 737-900ER, for commercial service. After winning firm orders from Virgin Atlantic Airways for 15 Boeing 787s and from Air Canada for 23, adding to Air Canada's earlier commitment for 14, Boeing won a repeat order yesterday from Indian carrier SpiceJet for 10 737-800s. New Delhi-based SpiceJet had already ordered 30 737-800s in two previous deals in February 2005 and August 2006. Yesterday, Boeing revealed that Russia's S7 Group, which operates S7 Airlines?also had ordered 10 Boeing...
  • PHOTOS GALORE -- Dreamlifter delivers 1st major 787 assembly

    04/25/2007 9:53:03 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 18 replies · 1,469+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | April 25, 2007 | James Wallace
    Boeing's Large Cargo Freighter known as the Dreamlifter made its inaugural delivery to Everett Tuesday evening. Flying from Italy with the first horizontal stabilizer for the 787 in its huge belly, the Dreamlifter landed at Paine Field about 6:30 p.m., and over the next few hours Boeing workers carefully removed the precious cargo. Final assembly at the Everett plant of the first 787 will start next month once all the major 787 sections have arrived via the Dreamlifter. Check out the photo gallery of this historic first delivery by P-I photographer Joshua Trujillo.