Archive | January, 2008


CSeries Sees an Opening

Both American and United have voiced their growing frustration with the pace of development of a suitable replacement for the nearly 400 aircraft they want replaced. Both Boeing and Airbus are in no hurry to replace their narrowbody offerings. But really, why should they? There were almost 1800 A320/737NG aircraft ordered in 2007. Each excerpt […]

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A350 XWB Taking Shape

The A350 XWB is beginning to take shape as program suppliers are being selected in earnest. Airbus is expecting that 90% of suppliers for the A350 should be locked down before March of 2008. The last week has brought the program two new, very significant, program suppliers. The first, a billion dollar contract for the […]

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Video Week In Review – January 14-18, 2008

This week’s week in review has a little something new inside of it. Call it an informational (royalty free) music interlude. As always, I’m looking for feedback and comments on what people think. This week’s was put together a bit quicker due to time constraints and in a less ideal environment, so please bear with […]

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Airbus A380-841 (Qantas)

QANTAS A380 Rolls; First Flight Imminent

The MSN014, the first A380 for QANTAS was seen taxiing under its own power today for the first time at a very wet and rainy Toulouse. The aircraft, F-WWSK, should undertake its maiden flight shortly. By comparison, the first taxi tests for F-WWSH, MSN011, the first A380 for Emirates, took place roughly a week prior […]

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Commentary: A First Step on the Long Road Ahead

A veteran engineer who has spent a lot of time around the 787 Dreamliner remarked to me late last fall that Boeing just needs to stop and “listen to the airplane.”

Today, we saw the first signs that Boeing is beginning to listen to its 787, and this is a good thing. Both the airline and financial communities are rightfully angry about a lack of details surrounding production targets for the next two years. When building guidance forecasts, this point of ambiguity does not help Boeing’s case. Though it is impossible to divorce this from the health of the program as a whole, Boeing must remember that doing work out of sequence was what got them in trouble in the first place.

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Boeing Delay Coverage Open Thread

This will be today’s running thread for the delay announcement today. Leave your thoughts, question here as the news develops today. 12:18 PM: Post call podcast with Addison Schonland and Scott Hamilton. 11:27 AM: Carson says that production ramp up and dealing with suppliers will come later in the quarter and the primary focus will […]

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Breaking: Boeing Confirms First Flight to Pushed to End of 2nd Quarter

Boeing Shifts Schedule for 787 First Flight Wednesday January 16, 8:45 am ET – First delivery now expected in early 2009 – No impact on 2007 financials; no material impact on 2008 earnings guidance EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA – News) today announced that first flight of the 787 has been […]

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Confirmed: Boeing to Delay 787 First Flight Three More Months

Boeing will delay first flight of its 787 Dreamliner three more months, according to independently confirmed sources inside the program. FlightBlogger has confirmed that Boeing is expected to release the announcement of the delay early Wednesday morning. The announcement is expected to move the first flight date to have Dreamliner One or Two making its […]

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On the Lighter Side of Things

This was given to me by a very close friend tonight, and I thought it was just a perfect contrast to what is likely heavy news ahead. Click to Enlarge

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Breaking: WSJ Reports 787 First Flight May Slip to June

The Wall Street Journal has published a news alert stating that sources close to the 787 program have said that the first flight of the 787 may be delayed until June and an official announcement is coming soon. Developments to follow. 6:33 PM: Asked to comment on reports about the delay, Northwest says, “Boeing has […]

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