June 9 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

I’m writing from Charleston, South Carolina this afternoon and it looks as though it’s going to be a very busy week. I’ll be reporting over the next several days from Global Aeronautica and Vought here in Charleston covering the progress for the 787 program on location. On Wednesday, I’ll be transitioning west to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas for the same purpose. It should be a very packed week with lots going on, with potentially a big story or two coming down the pike.

As a quick refresher, Spirit Aerosystems is responsible for the forward nose fuselage barrel of the 787 (Section 41), the engine pylons and the fixed and movable leading edge of the wings.

Vought fabricates and joins the barrel sections of the aft fuselage (Sections 47 & 48) and Global Aeronautica, a joint venture between Boeing (pending completion of the acquisition from Vought) and Alenia, is next door and acts as a major integrator of the center fuselage.

The center fuselage is the combination of four main structures. The first two are from Japan. The center wing box and wheel well (Section 45/11) and forward fuselage barrel (Section 43). The second two are from Italy. The fuselage crown over the center wing box (Section 44) and the aft fuselage barrel (Section 46).

Current and Future Blogging
In the here and now, I’ve finally surrendered and I’m giving Twitter a try. If you’re not familiar with Twitter it’s a microblogging platform that allows for 140 character updates using the web, text or email. It’ll make for live blogging of factory tours, air shows and major events that much easier to follow. Not to mention, comments/thoughts about the aviation industry. No individual postings on the blog, just live from me to the internet. You can subscribe and follow it directly on Twitter or through Friendfeed where I’ve integrated it as well. Let’s go ahead and file this under the beta category and see how it works out.

Looking towards the future, Apple announced its iPhone 3G today and a higher-speed connection will benefit this blog greatly. Some of you may know, my iPhone is my numero uno blogging tool after my laptop and lets me get those live shots directly on the blog with zero distribution time with mobile posting. New applications built directly into the phone will add an entirely new dimension which I’m looking forward to exploring. I’m still trying to find what works and what doesn’t for this blog, and the technology envelope could always use some more little pushing.

In closing, I wanted to pose a question to my B.A.B.E. post Friday. I want to turn this one over to all of you. What products do you think are missing from the market? If you were at the top of one of the big four, what would you do with oil heading for $150 a barrel?

As I sometimes say, Onward.

5 Responses to June 9 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

  1. airplanejim June 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    AT $150+ per barrel the product missing is a Magic Carpet. We are headed back to the pre-deregulation days of only business travel, emergencies and the rich. That would be an improvement over that smelly person I sat next to on my last flight.

  2. TomB June 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    I think a brand new 737 type of aircraft with new Gen-x engines. (engines that are of an appropriate size)

  3. RobH June 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm #

    What are the chances B & A could abandon the single-aisle market to b & e (and AVIC and Sukhoi and Mitsubishi and so on) and concentrate on larger aircraft? Seems like that segment’s getting overcrowded and the way it’s been selling, the 787 would appear to be the new 737. Both B & A appear to be poised to miss the upcoming single-aisle replacement cycle altogether.

  4. OtisP June 10, 2008 at 1:30 am #

    I would offer only large fuel efficient planes on a per seat basis. i.e. the A321/B739, the A333/773, A380.

    This will force the airlines to cut frequencies (who needs 8 a day when you can get 4 a day cheaper) and cut long range flights, (who needs 16 hour flights when you can get two 8 hour flights cheaper)

    Now, If I was Secretary of the Treasury, I would exempt air travel from travel expenses, forcing business people to make wiser decisions.

    I am a travelling businessman. I know how I make decisions. Maybe higher fuel prices, will force me to cut my trips and spend more time with my family.

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