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  • 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...
  • Boeing to score big 787 order in Paris

    06/12/2007 11:08:59 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 9 replies · 962+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 12, 2007 10:47 p.m. PT | JAMES WALLACE
    In what will be seen by many in the industry as a stinging rebuke for Airbus and its planned A350 jetliner, its biggest customer is expected to place an order for as many as 50 of The Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliners at next week's Paris Air Show, an industry source confirmed Tuesday night. ...SNIP.... ....Steve Udvar-Hazy, its founder and chief executive, told the P-I last week at an industry conference in Vancouver, B.C., that he has not been given enough details about the A350 to decide whether he wants the plane. Instead, Hazy will order additional 787s, the industry source...
  • Boeing faces challenges in dash to assemble Dreamliner

    05/16/2007 10:00:43 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 21 replies · 1,247+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 16, 2007 | Skip ads and navigation
    Systems not installed. Workmanship issues with the horizontal stabilizer. Temporary fasteners that will have to be replaced. That's only some of what 787 workers at The Boeing Co.'s Everett plant face as the mad dash begins to get the first Dreamliner assembled and out the factory door by July 8. Judging by what one source described -- and has personally seen -- it's a good thing Boeing is prepared for the extra work that it will take to get that first plane finished on time. Boeing executives have stressed that the company has contingency plans to deal with any number...
  • Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines Finalize Order for One Additional 787 Dreamliner

    02/19/2007 11:01:25 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | February 19, 2007
    Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines Finalize Order for One Additional 787 Dreamliner Monday February 19, 12:13 pm ET SEATTLE, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA - News) and LOT Polish Airlines announced today that the airline has increased its 787 Dreamliner order by one additional aircraft, bringing its total 787 order to eight airplanes. In 2005, LOT placed an order for seven 787s, with delivery positions beginning in 2008. Today's order, valued at $153 million at list prices, was booked previously on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer. "We are delighted with the steady progress...
  • Boeing reveals source of 787 supply problems

    02/01/2007 7:34:02 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 15 replies · 777+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 1 Feb 2007 | Mary Kirby
    Boeing is sending engineering and manufacturing assistance to 787 partners Fuji Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan as well as to Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica to aid their structural work for the aircraft. During an earnings conference call yesterday to discuss the company’s 2006 results, Boeing chief executive Jim McNerney said Boeing is putting resources at all four manufacturers to mitigate scheduling and technical risk. “I think we’ve made good progress on them [the four companies], and obviously there are flare-ups in the others [suppliers] from time to time that we address quickly,” says McNerney. He...
  • Zeal is real over 787's virtual rollout

    12/07/2006 11:45:03 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 13 replies · 792+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 7, 2006 | Dominic Gates
    Boeing completed assembly of its first 787 Wednesday, and all the pieces fit together marvelously — on computers. In a display of the powerful software tools it uses on the new jet program, Boeing showed digitally generated snippets of the production process to about 3,000 employees and more than 100 visiting airline representatives. The simulation incorporates accurate digital versions of the plane's myriad pieces, testing whether the major sections built by partners around the world will fit when they arrive in the Everett final-assembly plant. "We really don't have time for them not to fit," Mark Jenks, who leads the...
  • Boeing 787 gives investors a sudden fright

    10/27/2006 2:14:48 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 38 replies · 1,621+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | October 26, 2006 | JAMES WALLACE
    Shares fall as company tries to avoid problems that could threaten jet By JAMES WALLACE P-I AEROSPACE REPORTER The Boeing Co. threw a scare into Wall Street on Wednesday when it announced it was pouring hundreds of millions of dollars more into the development of its hot-selling 787 jetliner to head off problems that could otherwise threaten the project. With the first flight less than a year away, the Dreamliner is still too heavy. And some suppliers are falling behind schedule. Boeing said it has funded a contingency plan to hire more machinists to help with 787 final assembly at...
  • For the Super-Rich, It’s Time to Upgrade the Old Jumbo Jet

    10/17/2006 5:10:26 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 34 replies · 1,206+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/17/2006 | JOE SHARKEY
    The tremendously rich are different not only from you and me but also from the merely rich. For one thing, some of them have really nice airplanes. This is not about the presumed titans of the private jet universe like the mighty Gulfstream G5’s or Global Expresses, whose occupants can leap continents and oceans at high speed and in plush comfort, without all the inconveniences of commercial airports, airline schedules and, well, strangers. This is about big, long-haul airliners that are converted to private jets and can carry not only pampered passengers and their entourages, but also, in some cases,...
  • Singapore Airlines Inks Deal for Boeing 787 Order

    10/02/2006 6:50:08 AM PDT · by COEXERJ145 · 23 replies · 848+ views
    Today Online ^ | October 2, 2006
    Singapore Airlines (SIA) has said it has signed a purchase agreement to buy 20 Boeing 787-9 jets with options for another 20 of the planes. The agreement confirms plans announced in June, when the carrier said it had signed a letter of intent with US manufacturer Boeing, the company said in a statement. SIA said the purchase agreement was signed last week and the planes, the latest variant of the 787 series known as the Dreamliner, should be delivered between early 2011 and mid-2013. Based on Boeing's catalogue prices, the 20 firm orders are worth 4.52 billion US dollars. SIA...
  • Boeing 787 special - the fullest description yet of the Dreamliner

    09/26/2006 9:17:12 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 13 replies · 1,693+ views
    Flight International Online ^ | 26 September 2006 | Flight Int'l
    With more pre-flight orders than any widebody in history, the 787 has transformed Boeing’s fortunes. But the twinjet is a game-changer in other ways, from its technology to its design and engineering process, with the US giant integrating systems of systems from dozens of global partners. In this 30-page special, Guy Norris delivers the inside track on the programme as the 787 races to first flight next year.
  • Boeing studies idea of two planes to replace 737

    09/13/2006 4:08:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies · 3,225+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 13, 2006 | John Crawley
    WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is weighing options for replacing its best-selling 737 and one scenario might include separate aircraft for two markets, the company's senior marketing official said on Wednesday. The 737 family covers the 110- to 200-seat range and is the most popular commercial plane ever with more than 5,000 produced in nearly four decades. There have been several 737 upgrades, including a major overhaul in the early 1990s. With airlines seeking variety in seating capacity and more fuel and operating efficiency, Boeing is studying how to meet expectations and continue to...
  • Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Completes First Flight

    09/09/2006 12:54:57 PM PDT · by COEXERJ145 · 66 replies · 2,227+ views
    The Boeing Company ^ | Sept. 9, 2006 | The Boeing Company
    TAIPEI, Sept. 09, 2006 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter took to the skies for the first time at 10:38 a.m. (UTC/GMT +8 hours) today, initiating the flight test program that will culminate in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. The two-hour, four-minute flight was the first of 250 expected flight test hours for the unique freighter, a specially modified 747-400 that will transport major composite structures of the all-new 787 Dreamliner. The enormous jet -- with its enlarged upper fuselage that can accommodate three times the cargo by volume of a standard 747-400 freighter -- gracefully...
  • 420 Dreamliners are on the books

    09/09/2006 12:00:53 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 17 replies · 659+ views
    Seattle Pos-Intelligencer ^ | September 9, 2006 | JAMES GUNSALUS
    The Boeing Co., the world's second-largest maker of commercial jets, now has 420 commitments from airlines to buy its new 787 Dreamliner. The 787 program remains on schedule, and engine testing is ahead of schedule, Craig Saddler, the chief financial officer on the project, said Friday at a conference in New York. Boeing is continuing to invest to bring down the plane's weight, he said. With 377 firm orders through August, initial production of the aircraft has started. The first flight in the third quarter of next year will mark the next major milestone before Chief Executive Jim McNerney begins...
  • Boeing scrambles to get 787 lighter, on time

    09/08/2006 2:26:48 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 6 replies · 542+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 8, 2006
    NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is working hard to make sure its hot-selling 787 Dreamliner enters service on schedule in 2008 and close to its target weight, a senior executive on the program said on Friday. The revolutionary carbon composite and titanium plane, which has helped turn Boeing's fortunes around, is on schedule, but there have been delays in certain areas and Boeing is working around them, the executive said. "We laid out the original plan four years ago, and guess what? That plan has changes in it," said Craig Saddler, the chief...
  • Airbus eyes 3 new planes to battle Boeing -sources

    07/14/2006 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 26 replies · 754+ views
    Reuters ^ | 14 July, 2006 | Jason Neely
    Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:42 AM ET By Jason Neely, European Aerospace & Airlines Correspondent LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - Airbus will expand its offering of two new mid-sized planes to three in order to catch up with surging rival Boeing Co. , industry sources said on Friday. Worried that its pair of proposed A350 models aimed at competing with the Boeing 787 due in 2008 will do little to slow sales of Boeing's larger 777, France-based Airbus will add a third, larger model. "They are definitely looking at doing three," one industry source said, adding that the new planes...
  • Boeing plans plain grey natural laminar flow nacelles for 787s in bid to reduce fuel burn

    07/11/2006 10:54:08 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 1 replies · 249+ views
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 11 July 06 | Guy Norris
    Picture: Boeing plans plain grey natural laminar flow nacelles for 787s in bid to reduce fuel burn By Guy Norris in London Boeing plans to reduce airframe drag on the 787 by standardising on a specific thickness of grey paint (pictured below) for the engine inlet which it says will preserve natural laminar flow over a larger area. The benefits of laminar flow over the nacelle include increased range, improved fuel economy, and even reduced aircraft weight. These benefits add up to improved operating economics as well as reduced emissions. By using a seamless paint layer applied according to tight...
  • New 787 plants a boon for economy (Part 3 of 3)

    06/29/2006 10:27:39 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies · 431+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 29 June 2006 | James Wallace
    Thursday, June 29, 2006New 787 plants a boon for economyBy JAMES WALLACEP-I AEROSPACE REPORTERCHARLESTON, S.C. -- U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo planes made by The Boeing Co. depart regularly from the airport here headed for Iraq.Starting next year, much bigger cargo planes, modified 747s known as Large Cargo Freighters, will fly out of the same airport and head for Everett. They will carry much of the composite fuselage of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner."The best job in Charleston is going to be the popcorn stand vendor when those LCFs start flying and all the school kids come out to watch," said C.P....
  • Boeing dream begins at the home of Airbus (Part 2 of 3)

    06/28/2006 2:19:23 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 4 replies · 711+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | June 28, 2006 | James Wallace
    Wednesday, June 28, 2006Boeing dream begins at the home of AirbusBy JAMES WALLACEP-I AEROSPACE REPORTERGROTTAGLIE, Italy -- Europe, the home of Airbus, is playing a key role in the development of The Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner. plantOn land near this city inside the heel of Italy's boot, on what only a year ago were groves of more than 1,000 olive trees, some 4 centuries old, a huge new factory has taken root. It is so big that 24 U.S. football fields could fit under its roof.The factory is owned and operated by Alenia Aeronautica, one of Europe's major aerospace companies,...
  • Boeing Dreamliner 'coming to life' (Part 1 of 3)

    06/27/2006 12:39:17 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 35 replies · 1,428+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 27 June 2006 | James Wallace
    Tuesday, June 27, 2006Boeing Dreamliner 'coming to life'First large pieces to be assembled in Japan starting this weekBy JAMES WALLACEP-I AEROSPACE REPORTERNAGOYA, Japan -- For Boeing's Everett engineers working on the company's first all-new commercial jetliner in more than a decade, the dream begins here.In this Japanese industrial city far from The Boeing Co.'s Puget Sound roots, in a factory built just for the 787 Dreamliner, Fuji Heavy Industries has completed the first large composite section that will go on the first 787 to fly next year.Measuring 17.4 feet long by 19 feet wide, the composite structure is the lower...
  • Boeing Dreamliner 'coming to life'

    06/27/2006 9:15:38 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 66 replies · 1,673+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Tuesday, June 27, 2006 | JAMES WALLACE
    NAGOYA, Japan -- For Boeing's Everett engineers working on the company's first all-new commercial jetliner in more than a decade, the dream begins here.s In this Japanese industrial city far from The Boeing Co.'s Puget Sound roots, in a factory built just for the 787 Dreamliner, Fuji Heavy Industries has completed the first large composite section that will go on the first 787 to fly next year. Measuring 17.4 feet long by 19 feet wide, the composite structure is the lower skin of the center wing box, a critical section of the jet where the 787 wings will be attached....
  • UPDATE 2-Singapore Air orders Boeings after new A380 delay

    06/14/2006 5:40:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 550+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 14, 2006 | Jan Dahinten
    SINGAPORE, June 14 (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines ordered Boeing aircraft worth $4.52 billion after it was disappointed with new delays on the A380 superjumbo and is seeking compensation from Airbus parent EADS for the setback. Airbus revealed delays of at least six months in deliveries of the A380 on Tuesday, an embarrassment expected to blow a 2 billion euro ($2.5 billion) cash hole in Airbus parent EADS (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) starting in 2007. "We are disappointed with the news of further delays, but will work with Airbus to minimise the delays and their impact," said a spokesman for Singapore...
  • Boeing unveils plans for trailing edge variable camber on 787 to reduce drag, save weight

    06/12/2006 5:14:57 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 14 replies · 1,402+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 12 June 06 | Guy Norris
    Boeing unveils plans for trailing edge variable camber on 787 to reduce drag, save weight By Guy Norris in Seattle Boeing plans to test and develop a trailing edge variable camber (TEVC) system for the 787 which it says will reduce cruise drag and save the equivalent of between 340 and 450kg (750-1,000lb) in weight. The fully automatic system, which is thought to be the first practical application of the long-studied variable camber concepts evaluated by both Airbus and Boeing since the 1980s, will be “completely transparent to the flight crew” says 787 systems director Mike Sinnett. Linked directly into...
  • Bubbles in fuselage delay FAA certification for 787

    06/08/2006 10:49:05 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 20 replies · 3,317+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Friday, June 9, 2006 | By JAMES WALLACE
    A final composite fuselage section that was to be used in certifying The Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner failed during manufacturing, sending engineers scrambling to keep the company's all-important new jetliner program on schedule. Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said in an interview Thursday that the failure will not sidetrack the program, and the first planes should still be delivered on time to All Nippon Airways of Japan in mid-2008. But the problem -- first reported by Business Week -- shows the kinds of risks that Boeing faces at a time when the 787 program...
  • Qatar Airways may drop plan to buy Airbus A350 due to uncertainty over twinjet's future

    06/05/2006 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 23 replies · 2,354+ views
    Flight International ^ | May 22, 2006 | Max Kingsley-Jones
    Airbus could lose its largest and most prominent A350 customer, Qatar Airways, because of its indecision over the aircraft’s configuration and the likelihood that it will adopt an all-new design. The Qatari flag carrier – currently an all-Airbus operator – last year became the lead A350 customer when it announced at the Paris air show that it intended to order 60 of the twinjets for delivery from 2010 after an evaluation that included the rival Boeing 787. Although the airline later began to firm up the deal by signing a letter of intent for the 60 aircraft, it has held...
  • Boeing superfreighter takes shape in Taiwan

    04/15/2006 12:54:35 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 31 replies · 3,156+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Saturday, April 15, 2006 - 12:00 AM | Dominic Gates (Seattle Times aerospace reporter)
    The first of the superfreighters that will ferry pieces of the 787 across the globe is now nearing completion in Taiwan. These previously unpublished company photos convey the magnitude of the modification work involved in transforming the used 747s into oversized delivery vehicles. Evergreen Aviation Technologies is modifying the planes in a 3-acre maintenance hangar at Taipei's Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport. .......... That spurred Adam Pilarski, an analyst with Avitas, to quip that Boeing's new superfreighter fleet is "designed in Russia and built in China."
  • Boeing to expand 787 family amid strong demand

    03/28/2006 12:44:36 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 1 replies · 639+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 27, 8:05 PM ET | Christian Plumb
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA - news) has decided to proceed with an expanded version of its hot-selling 787 Dreamliner jet, bowing to pressure from airlines, the executive who heads the 787 program said on Monday. The composite-built 787, due to start commercial flights in 2008, helped spark a recovery in Boeing's fortunes last year, as it overtook European archrival Airbus in orders for wide-body aircraft. Boeing had been reluctant to build a larger version of the plane, which would seat about 300 passengers in three classes, because of concern it would cannibalize sales from its older 777-200...
  • Russian airlines may buy Boeing 787s

    03/03/2006 11:20:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies · 367+ views
    Bloomberg news ^ | March 4, 2006 | LYUBA PRONINA AND BRADLEY COOK
    The Boeing Co., the world's second-biggest maker of commercial aircraft, is in talks to sell as many as 17 of its new 787 airliners to Russian carriers, not including OAO Aeroflot, the largest, a Boeing executive said Friday. Boeing hopes to sell "up to" 15 of the planned model to one Russian airline and two 787s to another, Craig Jones, Boeing's vice president for sales in Russia, told reporters in Moscow, declining to identify the carriers.
  • Airlines cramming more seats into Boeing's Dreamliner

    02/21/2006 7:04:13 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 61 replies · 1,342+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:45 AM ET | Staff
    SINGAPORE, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Airlines are choosing to cram more seats into Boeing's hot-selling new 787 Dreamliner than the company expected, giving the plane a potentially decisive advantage over its Airbus rival. Senior Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) sales executive Randy Baseler said typical seating in the 787-9 version of the aicraft would rise to about 280 from 259 if airlines switched to having nine seats per row in economy class rather than eight as Boeing had expected. Two-thirds of 787 buyers have decided to fit nine seats in each row in economy, executives from the Chicago-based manufacturer said...
  • CORRECTED - RPT-Boeing close to clinching Singapore deal-WSJ

    12/23/2005 7:45:41 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 291+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 23, 2005
    NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) might be close to beating French rival Airbus for a deal, worth more than $10 billion, with Singapore Airlines, a newspaper reported on Friday.
  • CR Airways In USD$3.3 Bln Boeing Deal - Report

    12/19/2005 5:03:06 AM PST · by saganite · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Airwise news ^ | 19 Dec 05 | staff
    Hong Kong carrier CR Airways will invest more than USD$3 billion in 40 Boeing aircraft as it expands services to China, a local newspaper reported on Monday. The South China Morning Post, citing sources close to the deal, said CR Airways would sign a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to buy 30 B737-800s and 10 B787s on Tuesday, and a formal purchase agreement was scheduled to be signed next month. The B787 and B737-800 have a price tag of USD$130 million and USD$66 million per aircraft respectively, giving an aggregate contract value of USD$3.28 billion before discounts, the paper said....
  • Qantas Board Chooses Boeing (Up to 115 787's)

    12/13/2005 7:08:21 PM PST · by COEXERJ145 · 90 replies · 1,573+ views
    ASX ^ | 12-13-2005 | Qantas
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  • Morocco airline orders four 787 jets

    12/07/2005 9:02:31 PM PST · by ncountylee · 3 replies · 232+ views
    UPI ^ | 12/7/2005
    CHICAGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Morocco's national airline has placed a firm order for four Boeing Co. 787 jets with an option to buy a fifth. The first aircraft will be delivered in late 2008, Boeing said Wednesday. Royal Air Maroc plans to use its 787s on service to North America and to open new Middle East and Africa routes. Royal Air Maroc's order for the 787 brings the number of announced commitments for the airplane to 309 from 25 airlines worldwide, with 241 firm orders.
  • Boeing Is Coming Up Sevens

    11/21/2005 2:30:56 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies · 1,830+ views
    Motley Fool ^ | November 21, 2005 | W.D. Crotty
    Boeing (NYSE: BA) shareholders, rejoice! The company is rolling lucky sevens -- as in 777s, 787s, and 737s. The lifeblood of aircraft manufacturing is the order book, and Boeing has a fat one now. And for a company recently overwhelmed by questions regarding its corporate governance practices and ongoing competition due to forthcoming Airbus product releases, that has to be a nice thing to hear.
  • Boeing and ILFC Announce 20-Airplane 787 Dreamliner Order

    11/21/2005 12:05:45 AM PST · by Righty_McRight · 2 replies · 692+ views
    Boeing via PRNewswire ^ | Nov. 21, 2005
    First Major Leasing Company to Announce 787 Order Cites Broad Airline Demand DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA - News) and International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) today announced a firm order for 20 787 Dreamliners with four additional options. The order is valued at approximately $2.7 billion at list prices. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2010. ILFC is the first leasing company to be announced as a 787 customer. The airplanes were previously acknowledged on the Boeing Web site, attributed to an unidentified customer. "The 787 will meet the demand we...
  • Offers fly as air giants vie to win over Qantas (Boeing vs. Airbus Down Under)

    11/10/2005 12:40:04 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 18 replies · 703+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 11, 2005 | Geoffrey Thomas
    Offers fly as air giants vie to win over Qantas Geoffrey Thomas 11nov05 IT is the clash of the titans but the winner is bound to be Qantas. Not in its 85-year history has Qantas had offers on the table like the ones in front of the board right now. For Airbus and Boeing, the stakes are sky high. Qantas is a blue chip customer that both manufacturers want on their order books. Qantas wants up to 100 fuel-efficient jets to beat the fuel crisis and overfly airport hubs such as Singapore and Los Angeles. On the Qantas shopping list...
  • Boeing Roars Ahead

    11/01/2005 1:32:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 717+ views
    Business Week Magazine ^ | November 7, 2005 (issue)
    As plane deals go, this could well be the biggest prize in recent memory. In December three major Asia-Pacific carriers are expected to place orders for more than 100 widebody jets worth an estimated $16.8 billion. And by the looks of things, Boeing Co. (BA ) looks poised to supply most of the planes.
  • Aeroflot to choose between A350 and 787 next week

    10/28/2005 6:59:24 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 27 replies · 1,307+ views
    Flight International ^ | 10/28/2005 09:00GMT | Staff
    Flight International online news 09:00GMT: Next week is expected to see the winner emerge of one of the toughest battles in the war between the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 when Aeroflot announces which aircraft type it has selected. The company is due to reveal the successful bidder on Thursday 3 November, awarding business with a list value not far short of $3 billion. “We are looking at taking deliveries starting in 2009,” says director for route network management Alexander Kanischev. “Our long-term plan envisages acquiring up to 22 long-range passenger aircraft.” If the airline decides to go with Airbus,...
  • Strike cost could top $1 billion

    09/16/2005 11:26:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 567+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | September 16, 2005 | Dominic Gates
    A three-month strike would cost the aerospace giant a hefty $1.1 billion in operating profits, according to an internal company analysis prepared for top executives. That's more than the commercial-airplanes unit's profit for all of last year. A one-month strike would be much less costly. But even that could potentially delay by a month the debut of the company's new 787 jet. To avoid that, Boeing is considering alternative suppliers for parts originally scheduled to be made by Machinists at its Auburn plant.
  • Garuda to purchase 28 Boeing aircraft

    09/16/2005 11:18:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies · 451+ views
    The Jakarta Post ^ | September 17, 2005 | Leony Aurora
    In the deal, Garuda will buy 10 Boeing 787-Dreamliners, instead of six Boeing 777s as in previous contracts, and 18 Boeing 737-New Generations to replace older types of Boeing 737s agreed to before, Alex said.
  • Boeing Unveils 787 Dreamliner Flight Deck

    08/31/2005 3:56:18 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 46 replies · 4,082+ views
    Boeing ^ | August 31, 2005
    EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 31, 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] today revealed the flight deck for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The flight deck features new technologies while retaining significant operational similarity with the popular Boeing 777 and other Boeing jets. The combination provides airlines with dual benefits -- operational improvements and cost-saving commonality. "We worked with airlines and their pilots from around the world to be sure that the changes we introduce with the 787 are improvements that help increase situational awareness and better manage pilot work load," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787...
  • Southern Airlines buys 10 Boeing 787s

    08/30/2005 8:49:08 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2005
    China Southern Airlines signed a deal on Tuesday to buy 10 Boeing 787 aircraft for about $1.2 billion, state television reported. China Central Television did not give further details of Tuesday's deal, signed in Guangzhou, capital of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Early this month, China Southern, the country's largest carrier by fleet size, purchased three 787 planes from Boeing Co. as part of a larger deal involving four airlines and a total of 42 787s. China Southern's shares skidded on Monday after it reported worse-than-expected first half results on tough price competition and high fuel costs.
  • Boeing, Spirit Unveil 787 Dreamliner Nose Section

    08/25/2005 1:08:07 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 26 replies · 1,884+ views
    Boeing.com ^ | Aug. 25, 2005 | Staff
    WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 25, 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Spirit AeroSystems celebrated the public unveiling of the first all-composite demonstration nose section for the 787 Dreamliner today at Spirit's Wichita facility, formerly a part of The Boeing Company. The section, which is highly contoured, demonstrates the facility's capabilities in meeting production demands for the 787. "We have built several demonstration fuselage sections of the airplane at our facilities in Seattle," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "Our partners, including Spirit, have worked alongside Boeing personnel in Seattle so that we can all learn about...
  • Airbus plays catch-up to Boeing in fuel-saving jetliner race

    08/22/2005 6:41:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies · 489+ views
    Bloomberg News ^ | 08/19/2005 | ANDREA ROTHMAN
    TOULOUSE, France - Airbus SAS has struggled for 20 months to design an intercontinental jetliner to compete with Boeing Co.'s fuel-saving 787. In that time, oil prices have more than doubled and Boeing picked up 185 orders for its jet. Airbus, based in Toulouse, needed three redesigns to come up with a plane it says will cost 4 percent per seat less to fly than the 787. The world's biggest commercial aircraft maker, already spending more than $16.4 billion to develop three other planes, said it will need to invest an additional $5.4 billion to bring the A350 to market.
  • Royal Air Maroc Selects Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    08/11/2005 3:24:39 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 25 replies · 952+ views
    Boeing ^ | August 12, 2005
    SEATTLE, Aug. 10, 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Royal Air Maroc today announced the July 31 signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of up to five 787 Dreamliners. Boeing Commercial Airplanes regional sales director Ihssane Mounir said the agreement sets the stage for the revolutionary Dreamliner to join Royal Air Maroc's fleet. Boeing and Royal Air Maroc expect to conclude formal negotiations in September. "Royal Air Maroc selected the 787 because of its unmatched capability and value after a thorough analysis,” said Mounir. “We look forward to working closely with Royal Air Maroc to bring...
  • Giant A380 falling short of big billing

    06/26/2005 9:13:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies · 2,558+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 26, 2005 | David Greising
    PARIS -- The A380, the superjumbo jet from Airbus SAS, was billed as "The Queen of the Paris Air Show" by the public address announcer as it promenaded down the tarmac en route to its slow-moving flyover of the Le Bourget airfield. But on the sales floor, the A380 was the prom queen that couldn't get a date.
  • Boeing could suffer if China bid blocked

    06/25/2005 8:28:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 474+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 25, 2005 | Dominic Gates
    The brewing political controversy over a Chinese oil company's $18.5 billion bid to acquire the ninth-largest U.S. oil company could have serious local repercussions if it soured U.S. business relations with China.
  • Boeing to Highlight 787, 777-200LR and KC-767A at Paris Air Show 2005 (June 13-15)

    06/03/2005 11:54:22 AM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 34 replies · 1,791+ views
    Boeing ^ | June 3, 2005
    Boeing to Highlight 787 Dreamliner, 777-200LR Worldliner and KC-767A Tanker Transport Aircraft at Paris Air Show 2005 CHICAGO, June 3, 2005 – The world’s longest-range passenger jet, the most advanced and capable tanker aircraft, and the aviation industry’s best-selling new airplane will be among the products featured by The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] at this year’s Paris Air Show, beginning June 13 at Le Bourget airfield outside Paris. “Boeing is entering the air show with tremendous momentum,” said Tod Hullin, Boeing senior vice president, Communications. “This is a company that’s on the move. Our financial performance has been strong, and...
  • Vietnam Airlines to Buy Boeing Dreamliners ($500 million)

    06/03/2005 7:08:39 AM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 15 replies · 682+ views
    AP ^ | June 3, 2005
    Vietnam Airlines Signs Up to Buy Four Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Expand Its Fleet HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam Airlines will buy four Boeing 787 Dreamliners as part of a plan to expand its fleet to meet increasing travel demands, an airline spokesman said Friday. Prime Minister Phan Van Khai has instructed the state-owned airline to complete the contract, which is expected to be signed during his visit to the United States on June 19-25, said spokesman Nguyen Chan. Chicago-based Boeing Co. has said the wide-body jetliners will be delivered to the communist country in 2010. The deal is valued...
  • Ethiopian Airlines Increases 787 Dreamliner Order by Five Airplanes

    05/31/2005 4:41:43 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 29 replies · 760+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | May 31, 2005
    - Airline Is First to Exercise 787 Purchase Rights - Signs Contract for 10 Boeing 787s ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA - News) and Ethiopian Airlines today said the airline has increased its firm orders for the 787 Dreamliner to 10 airplanes by exercising purchase rights obtained with its initial order announced Feb 4. The airline is the first 787 customer to exercise purchase rights or options for the rapidly selling new Boeing jetliner. Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing also said they have completed the contract for the airline's 10 Dreamliners, valued at US$1.6 billion at...
  • Boeing is finalizing exterior look of the 787

    04/29/2005 9:38:12 AM PDT · by JeffersonRepublic.com · 22 replies · 562+ views
    Rumor mill
    I have heard rumors that Boeing is making changes to the exterior look of the 787 dreamliner. My understanding is that they are going to do away with the sleek nose design and replace it with the tradition look. I hope this will not happen. The sleek look of the 787 is the most intriguing characteristic of the plane, and it will lose appeal if Boeing starts to abandon the planes top selling features.