Archive | March, 2008

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Bombardier CRJ1000 Assembly Continues

These shots were generously provided by Bombardier and illustrate the on-going assembly of the 100 seat CRJ1000. First delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Commentary: Boeing Well Served By Global Aeronautica Deal

The announcement of the 50% acquisition of Global Aeronautica in Charleston is a powerful step forward in regaining oversight and management of key sections of the 787 supply chain. By taking the reins at Global Aeronautica along side Alenia, Boeing is now significantly better positioned to finish assembly of the remaining test aircraft center fuselages […]

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Breaking: Boeing to Buy Out Vought on 787 Center Fuselage

December 11, 2007 Will Boeing Buy Out Vought on the 787? Ever-louder rumblings inside Boeing from Everett and Charleston point to this potential course of action. Following the October 10th announcement of the six month delay in first delivery of the 787, significant speculation began as to the exact source of the problems. Though many […]

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Start Ups and Launch Customers

Start-Ups SouthWestJetBluezil just doesn’t sound right, so David Neeleman is going to have to come up a more creative brand to fly his newly ordered 36 Embraer E-195s. The yet unnamed Brazilian start-up will go head to head with GOL, TAM and Varig in a rapidly growing market. The Sao Paolo-Rio De Janeiro Route is […]

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Grain of Salt: A350 production delay fears

A350 production delay fears Mar 26 2008 by Alistair Houghton, Liverpool Daily Post FEARS have surfaced that production of Airbus’ newest passenger jet – the extra wide-bodied A350 XWB – may be delayed. The redesigned A350 is struggling to catch up with rival aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s hugely successful 787 Dreamliner which was launched four years […]

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March 24 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

Yeah, it rhymes. On 787 This week could see a date set for a formal announcement of the revamped delivery schedule for the Dreamliner. The assessment which has been on-going since January is expected at the end of March or early April. Analysts are expecting the new production number to be anywhere from 10 to […]

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F1ightB1ogger Turns One

One year ago today, I embarked on a case study to explore what happens when a person has too much free time on their hands. About a year later on flight back from Tokyo a month ago, our route on the seven month-old 777-300ER took us directly over Everett as we headed for Dulles. I […]

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Boeing Statement on 787 Center Wing Box

EVERETT, Wash., March 20, 2008 — It is a normal part of the development of a new airplane to discover need for improvements, and that is what we are experiencing on the 787. The robust test process in place on the 787 program has confirmed the majority of our designs but we have found the […]

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FlightBlogger Exclusive: Center Wing Box Flaw Forces Interim Fix and Redesign

A center wing box design flaw has forced Boeing to redesign a critical section of the 787, program sources tell FlightBlogger, due to the potential for premature buckling in the structural spars. Stiffeners will be affixed to restore structural integrity to the spars on the existing center wing boxes, which are manufactured by Fuji Heavy […]

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FlightBlogger Analysis: 787 Power-On To Slip to June, Delivery Date Unclear

First activation of the Boeing 787s electrical system is likely to slip again, forcing first flight and entry into service further back into 2009. Power-on could occur as early as mid-April according to senior Boeing representatives, yet, internal assessments of the pace of work on Dreamliner One suggest that the milestone could slip to June […]

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