Archive | October, 2008


Boeing: Dreamliner Brakes A’Okay

I’m always a big fan when blogs break news, so I enjoyed FleetBuzz Editorial reporting that 787s brake control software was no longer an issue. “The issues with the brake software are behind us, functionality required for flight test is in the labs and is working well. (The final “blue label” version — for flight […]

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The big value of small national airlines

This piece is cross-posted at the Adventure Quest travel blog The question was raised on a travel blog earlier this week about the necessity for small countries to operate airlines of their own. The question of justification came to the fore when looking at Surinam Airways, an unlikely country to have an airline, and whether […]

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Reading Boeing’s Tea Leaves

This day deserves a round up of all the Boeing news that is currently making me cross-eyed. Boeing and the IAM are cited as one of four causes for economic slowdown in the US by the White House: “Today’s G.D.P. report is weak, but it is not unexpected,” a WhiteHouse spokeswoman Dana M. Perino. “A […]

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October A380 Production Movements

With the help of A380 spotter Sean Taylor, I put together this rundown of key October movements for superjumbo production. In Service MSN014 (VH-OQA) No. 1 for QANTAS entered commercial service on October 20 between MEL and LAX as QF93 and October 24 between SYD and LAX. MSN013 (A6-EDB) No. 2 for Emirates was delivered […]

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747-8 takes shape with Spirit

You can always count on earnings reports to reveal information that doesn’t always make it into a press release. Spirit Aerosystems released its 3Q earnings report today and they announced the company has completed the upper lobe of  Section 41 for the first 747-8F. Spirit even threw a small picture right in the presentation. It […]

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Live Twittering

I’m working on a bunch of other things this afternoon, but I wanted to keep in touch via Twitter.  Jon Ostrower’s Live Twitter Feed

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Just the facts: Details of new proposed IAM contract

Source: Seattle Times New contract is for four years. 15% pay raise over the course of the contract, which will come in 5, 3, 3, and 4 percent over the years of the contract. Minimum wages raised $2.28. Recent hires will get a supplemental raise to boost them past the entry level for new hires. […]

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Breaking: IAM and Boeing reach tentative deal to end 52-day old strike

From: October 27, 2008 – Machinists in Tentative Deal with Boeing NOTE: Details on the agreement will be posted on the website tomorrow. TheInternational Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)announced today that it reached a tentative agreement with the BoeingCompany on a contract that will provide job security for its membersand limit the […]

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Movie Monday – October 27 – Inside Boeing’s 747-400

The last few weeks, I’ve used Mondays to feature videos I’ve come across to ease your transition into the work week, kill your productivity and infuriate your boss. What can I say? I’m just doing my part for the global economy. I began to feel that including the video in the Week Ahead Open Thread […]

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Exclusive: Spectre of global coordinated labor action levied by SPEEA as main table talks set to begin

In a statement set to be released later this morning, and obtained exclusively by FlightBlogger, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), Boeing’s engineers union, is using the specre of leveraging “a thousand possible chokepoints” if “negotiations don’t result in a contract that honors the contributions of SPEEA members to Boeing’s success.” The […]

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