BERLIN -- I write this morning from a Starbucks asking myself how this is any different from being in DC. It's not really, aside from the fact that there's a delightful "to stay" option to enjoy your caffeine fix out of a mug instead of a paper cup, but I digress.
With EBACE now wrapped up, I wanted to take a minute to go over all the non-business aviation related developments this week:
Wall Street thinks Boeing is leaning toward a clean sheet design on 737, leapfrogging a re-engined 737. Boeing booked an unidentified order for 20 777s, upping its 2010 total to 34 net orders for the big twin this year, compared to 30 during all of 2009. Research teams have narrowed their search for the Air France 447 black box to a 2sq-mi area of the Atlantic. With an order slump for its superjumbo, Airbus is staring down a $25 billion write off on its most ambitious program.
Charleston Post and Courier's Katy Stech wins the lede of the week pulling with this story about the lack of men's rooms slowing down 787 production. Boeing also announced that it is setting up an interior fabrication facility in Charleston for some parts of the 787. Embraer is considering pulling out of China, a potentially politically risky move in a climate that is known for industrial engagement in exchange for future orders. Qatar has thawed its negotiations with Bombardier and is looking at 20-30 CSeries and hopes to finalize the order by July. The airline expects delivery of six 787s next year instead of two, the first should be number 57 off the line, while ANA is quietly making plans for a further delayed delivery of their first.
Now of to explore Berlin.