Archive | September, 2008


After strike, Boeing to reassess Japanese 787 delivery schedule

Reuters is reporting that Boeing will reassess its delivery schedule to ANA and JAL at the conclusion of the IAM strike: Boeing says to reassess 787 Japan delivery schedule TOKYO, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday it would reassess the delivery schedule for its new 787 […]

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September 29 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

GTF set to fly againThe Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan demonstrator is all hooked up to an A340-600 in Toulouse. The first A340-600 (MSN360) also known as F-WWCA, is set to fly again this coming week. The PW1000G is mounted on the number two pylon aside three Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines. According to P&W, […]

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Boeing completes 787 ‘high-blow’ test

Boeing Completes 787 Dreamliner ‘High Blow’ Test EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 27, 2008 — Boeing [NYSE:BA] successfully completed a high-pressure test, known as “high blow,” on the 787 Dreamlinerstatic test airframe at its Everett factory today. The test is one ofthree static tests that must be cleared prior to first flight. Duringthe test, the airframe reached […]

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A350 XWB cross-pollinates narrowbodies

Ever since I saw the new A350 XWB rendering this morning, I’ve been trying to put my finger on what it is about that nose. I’m not going to judge an airplane aesthetically, because that’s stupid and it can fly and I cannot, therefore it wins the argument every time. Am I crazy or is […]

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Breaking Exclusive: Hawker 450 set for relaunch (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION: The Hawker 450 will be made from traditional materials, not composite. In addition, the Hawker 400XP will serve as platform for the new engines and avionics. All other details remain the same. FlightBlogger apologizes for any confusion. —Hawker Beechcraft appears poised to relaunch its Hawker 450, as new details emerge about the composite mid-size […]

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Strike to delay 787s for QANTAS

Steve Creedy of The Australian posted an item on the impact of the IAM strike on 787 deliveries for QANTAS. This is the closest Boeing has come to acknowledging an impact on the 25 deliveries set for 2009. The article says QANTAS (Jetstar) was to get its first 787-8 (ZA021) in November 2009. “I can […]

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General Electric Celebrates Oshkosh 2008

GE took a photo crew to Oshkosh this summer and the result was an absolutely beautiful movie of the action. Yours truly even has a photo included in the slide show, which you can make your desktop wallpaper. Of the many shows and events I’ve been to this year, EAA AirVenture was hands down the […]

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September 23 – The Week Ahead Open Thread (one off)

Okay, so it’s Tuesday. The week is still young, so I’m only 24 hours late. So sue me. Introducing AptureAKA what I learned at Blogworld Expo. What is Apture you ask? Essentially, it’s post production for blogs. It’s a new way of interacting with FlightBlogger. Links with icons next to them are enhanced with Apture. […]

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Exclusive: 787 static testing to begin early next week with high-blow test

Static testing for the 787 Dreamliner is set to begin early next week, a key milestone on the road to first flight, Boeing has confirmed. ZY997, Boeing’s static 787 test airframe, will be put through a series of grueling structural tests to validate the strength of the composite structure. The tests are expected to continue […]

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How the financial crisis impacts aviation

I had planned on putting together a chart like this, but CNN beat me to it. It really captures what happened this week. One thing missing here, and it’s a small spin off, is the business and first class load factors from New York to global business hubs. I spoke with one analyst who said […]

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