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Much as the title suggests, Airbus's newest airliner is slowly coming together at Toulouse and final assembly of the first aircraft has begun.
Just to keep the American Airlines Chapter 11 theme going for a bit longer, it's worth bearing in mind the carrier's huge order backlog. The consenus appears to be that the orders won't be affected by the bankruptcy, although that of course may change. Included within the tally are 141 Boeing 737NGs - not unlike this example pictured yesterday at position 3 on Boeing's Renton factory line 2.
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The German carrier was originally planning to begin a six-month trial in April, in which it aims to operate its Frankfurt-Hamburg route using an International Aero Engine-powered Airbus A321 with one of its engines running on a 50/50 blend of biofuel derived from vegetable oil and traditional kerosene. Read more...
In related 737 news, as Boeing weighs taking production rates of the popular 737 beyond the 38 per month officials have announced, to 42 a month (41 for the commercial 737 and one for the 737-based P-8A Poseidon), consideration is underway to boosting rates even more-to 50 per month, ATI and Flightglobal sister publication Commercial Aviation Online (CAO) has learned.
In a meeting with employees last month, Nicole Piasecki, vice president of Business Development & Strategic Integration, said that Boeing is prepared to move forward with a 737 re-engine or a new airplane, as well as proceed with further upgrades to the current Next Generation 737, but there are other considerations as well in making these program development decisions. Read more...
The A320 along with Boeing's 737 are due for a decision this year on whether the respective jets should be re-engined. We evaluate the progress and options in this article.
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