Archive | May, 2010

What Houston to Auckland says about the 787

If ever there was a route that the 787 was designed for, this is it. Nearly a decade after Boeing and Airbus diverged on their respective point-to-point or hub-to-hub strategies, the first route announced for the new composite jetliner is the embodiment of the 787′s business case for the new jetliner. Continental Airlines announced on […]

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First British Airways 777-300ER in final assembly

A new 777 is making its way down the moving line inside Boeing’s Everett factory. That aircraft, with a painted Union Jack rudder, will be the first -300ER (G-STB_) for British Airways. The aircraft, set for a July handover, will be the first new wide-body type (variant) in the carrier’s fleet since they added their first […]

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Commentary: Airport infrastructure must keep pace with aircraft demand

In the last two weeks, the world has seen air major accidents in North Africa and South Asia involving brand new airframes from both Boeing and Airbus. While the final verdict on the probable causes of these accidents are months, if not years away, the close proximity of both tragedies, prompts a distinct train of […]

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In the Bay Area May 26? I’m guest speaking at Stanford!

I’ve been invited by Professor Antony Jameson to speak to his graduate seminar at Stanford University on Wednesday, May 26. The class, Case Studies in Aircraft Design, ”aims to give students a practical perspective on aircraft design from the practitioners and experts in the field.” Professor Jameson is widely regarded as the father of modern computational […]

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787 Flight Test Update – Month Four and Five

Videos Courtesy Liz Matzelle 787 Flight Test Updates: Month One, Month Two & Month Three It has been five months since ZA001 made its maiden flight on December 15, 2009 has surpassed 747 flight hours with its four Rolls-Royce powered 787s through May 18. With five months of testing now under its belt, only Boeing […]

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Photo of Note: Crowded Seattle Airspace

Crowded airspace, originally uploaded by ImperfectSense. Sometimes you’re in the right place at exactly the right time to capture an image that makes you question its authenticity. This, my friends, is the crowded airspace in Seattle. The United Express CRJ700 on final to Sea-Tac as a US Air Force C-17 passes directly overhead. Photos Credit […]

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Boeing to up 737 output to 34 per month in 2012

Boeing ended its deliberations today on whether or not it would increase the 737 production rate in the coming years. The verdict: Yes. Renton will increase its output from 31.5 aircraft per month to 34 aircraft per month at the beginning of 2012. The increase follows planned rate hikes on the 777, 747, and 787 […]

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Source: 787 design flaw drives supplier freeze

Fixing a previously undisclosed 787 design flaw has now emerged as a contributor to Boeing’s decision to freeze shipments from suppliers until early June. Shear ties, which affix the fuselage frames to the skin of the aircraft, now require replacement or rework, after the initial design failed to take into account thermal fatigue loading of […]

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May 17 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

Airline Interiors 2010 The Flightglobal team – with Mary Kirby at the helm – is covering the 2010 Airline Interiors show in Hamburg Germany this week. Make sure to keep an eye on our landing page and follow the  #HAM10 hashtag on Twitter for the latest news from the show. (The photo above is from charter operator Acropolis’ new Airbus […]

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CAO Report: Six canceled 787s tied to AWAS

A report by Flightglobal partner Commercial Aviation Online (CAO) identifies Irish aircraft lessor AWAS  as having cancelled its order for six 787 aircraft. The cancellation brings the net 2010 787 order total to 9, following the cancellation of 10 aircraft by Air Berlin and the finalization of United’s order for 25. The AWAS order was formerly held […]

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