Archive | February, 2011

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Clean-Sheet – Boeing’s all-new jet: Configuration and Materials

This is the first in a three part series on the development of Boeing’s all-new jetliner. Part one examines market evaluations and the configuration and materials selection process. Tuesday’s Part Two will explore the aircraft’s systems, propulsion and performance and Wednesday’s Part Three will look at the future production system and business model of the […]

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Boeing nears San Antonio activation as priority 787s emerge

Boeing is set to activate its 787 change incorporation facility in San Antonio, Texas, offering a much-need a release valve for the pressure of the near-overflowing ramp in Everett. Tucked into a growing number of spots around Paine Field – including rented hangars, closed taxiways and newly-built ramps – are nearly 30 787s at various […]

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Breaking: Boeing wins KC-X, NewGen 767 becomes KC-46A

Here’s our initial story on the Pentagon decision to award the KC-X tanker contact to Boeing and the NewGen 767. Follow Flightglobal for all the latest on the award.

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How the 747-8I ‘Sunrise’ colors came to be

When the curtain fell at the premier of 747-8 Intercontinental in front of a crowd of 10,000, very few people inside Boeing knew what to expect from the livery adorning the company’s latest jumbo.  “Most people involved with the airplane were not aware of it,” says Rob Pollack, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president Advertising, Brand […]

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Middle East, North Africa in turmoil and the state of the backlog

Political turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa is having a chilling effect on tourism in the region, driving up the price of oil to above $105 a barrel, threatening airlines worldwide. But what of the health of the aircraft orders in one of the fastest growing parts of the world? The massive backlogs in […]

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Photo of Note: First United Airlines 747-400 in new colors

Just in and fresh out of the paint shop today. United Airlines first 747-400 in the new United/Continental colors. N127UA is heading to San Francisco tonight then on to Incheon tomorrow. A big tip of the hat to the person who shared this with me.

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Boeing’s Triple Challenge: Three aircraft, three certifications

This post is an expanded version as one part of a cover story appearing in next week’s issue of Flight International Magazine. See more photos from the premier of the 747-8 Intercontinental. SEATTLE — What originally began as a plan to sequentially develop an all-new jetliner and two jumbo variants, has turned into a concurrent […]

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Photo of Note: First 787 Dreamliner for China Southern

Photo of Note: First 787 Dreamliner for China Southern, originally uploaded by flightblogger. EVERETT — I’m back in the factory overlooking the 787 final assembly line and sitting at position one in final body join is Airplane 34, the first Dreamliner for China Southern. China Southern joins ANA, JAL, Air India, RAM and LAN as […]

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Photos of Note: 747-8 Intercontinental from every angle inside and out

EVERETT — I had an opportunity to get up close with the 747-8 production system over the past two days and see the new jumbo freighter – and Intercontinental – on the assembly line. The pictures begin with production test flight departure (not delivery flight) of an Air New Zealand 777-300ER for Auckland, lead into the […]

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Movie Monday – February 14 – Building the 747-100

EVERETT — This week’s Movie Monday is hands-down one of my favorites. It’s an hour-long look into the birth of the very first Boeing 747-100 packed full of historical footage from the late 1960s when RA001 was first being designed and built. At the time this video was made in 1989, fewer years had passed […]

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