Archive | February, 2009

Travel Day…

Travel Day…, originally uploaded by flightblogger. Boston bound. Unexpected earlier flight. Fresh content coming thisafternoon. What a strange, strange week this has been. Thanks forhangin’ on with me.

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Exclusive: Boeing shakes up 747-8 program leadership (Update1)

Boeing has shaken up the leadership of the 747 program with the reassignment of its top executive. Mohammad “Mo” Yahyavi will assume the leadership of the 747 program, departing his vice president position on the Commercial Airplanes 737 P-8A Poseidon team. Yohyavi replaces Ross Bogue (pictured) who has served as head of the 747 program […]

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Boeing 787 Final Assembly Line – February 2009

This image of the 787 Final Assembly Line in Everett, Washington was taken February 17, 2009. From R to L: ZA002 – All Nippon Airways, ZA003 – Delta/Northwest, ZA004 – Delta/Northwest, ZA005 – Royal Air Maroc. If you look really closely, you can see the aft fuselage and tailcone for ZA006. Special thanks to Boeing […]

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February 23 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

IATA NumbersA key economic indicator is set to be released by IATA this week, when the organization tells us just how big the drop in passenger and cargo traffic was for the month of January. This is definitely a indicator of the health of the economy and could give way to another airline crisis, which […]

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Movie Monday – February 23 – Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

Happy Monday everyone! This week’s movie tracks the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and its evolving role over the last half century from high-altitude strategic bomber of the 1960s to low-level tactical bomber of the 1970s. What’s missing from this documentary is the B-52′s significant role in advancing the cause of aeronautics as a flying testbed and […]

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Aviation and the advent of Globalization 2.0

On my very first assignment for Flight, I was sent to cover the Dubai Air Show. It was November 2007 in the midst of one of the most extraordinary expansion years commercial aviation had ever seen. The A380 successfully had entered service with Singapore Airlines a few weeks before and the 787 was accumulating orders […]

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Video: First 777F prepares for delivery to Air France Cargo

Later this afternoon in Everett at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, the first 777F will be handed over to Air France Cargo in a formal delivery ceremony. The video above shows F-GUOC, the third 777F built, being rolled into position next for the festivities. The 777 Freighter is expected to depart Everett for Paris […]

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BREAKING: Embraer to cut 20% of workforce, joins Airbus in scaling back production

Embraer announced today (PDF) that it plans significant cuts in aircraft production and its workforce as a result of the “unprecedented crisis affecting the global economy.” The reduction in personnel represents approximately 20 percent of its 21,362 employees and is concentrated in the production and administrative areas, including the elimination of one layer in the […]

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1st Lufthansa A380 arrives in Toulouse

IMG_1327.JPG, originally uploaded by ojour. A massive A380 convoy wound through the roads in Southern France earlier this week to deliver the 3 fuselage sections, wings and horizontal stabilizer of Lufthansa’s first A380. The aircraft should find its way into the airline’s hands early in 2010. MSN038 will eventually wear D-AIMA as its formal registration.

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Crane Co. reopens 787 brake software questions

As far back as May of last year, Boeing publicly discussed that the brake control system was a key pacing item for the 787 program. Tracing the evolution of this issue, which Crane and Boeing have stated is resolved, today we find Crane announcing they need to develop a new version of the software, potentially […]

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