Archive | March, 2011


Exclusive: IndiGo selects PW1100G to power A320neo order

The announcement should come as early as today: IndiGo selects P&W to power up to 150 A320neos Jon Ostrower/West Palm Beach In a major coup for Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan, A320neo launch customer, Indian low cost carrier IndiGo, is to announce it has selected the PW1100G to power up to 150 of the updated […]

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Bombardier CRJ1000 19007

Ten years after Sonic Cruiser, slow is still green

A milestone of great note passed last week with hardly a notice.  The Sonic Cruiser, which would have accelerated air travel from Mach .84 to Mach .98, turned ten years old, according to the March 22, 2001 date on its patent filing. Its life as a conceptual product was brief, but notable, eventually transforming its […]

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Movie Monday – March 28 – The Birth of the Whittle Engine

Later this week I’ll be heading south to Florida to visit with Pratt & Whitney and see the PW1524G, the first geared turbofan model intended for the Bombardier CS100 now on the test stand in West Palm Beach. As I did last year leading up to the annual Engines 101 and media brief, I devoted […]

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Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner VT-ANC ZA232

Air India’s first 787 slated for October landing in Mumbai

More details about Boeing’s 2011 787 deliveries have emerged with airline and airframer sources confirming Air India’s first Dreamliner is slated for handover to the carrier in October. The delivery of the airline’s first 787, likely Airplane 25 – registered VT-ANA – matches with its previous guidance of a fourth quarter target. ANA is set to […]

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Video: ZA001′s 747-8I first flight warm up act

Like any good main stage performance, you have to have a solid warm up act, something to get the crowd in the right mood. Tell a joke, sing a song, do a magic trick, or bring in a jetliner to do touch-and-gos and low passes while its jumbo sibling warms up it engines for its […]

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Beat Round-Up: 737 & 787 production, GEnx-1B ETOPS, Japanese supplier uncertainty and FAA green-lights OAMS (Update1)

It’s been a very busy few days, but there’s no shortage of things going on around the US commercial aerospace industry, so a Boeing beat round-up post was in the cards. Here’s everything I’ve been working on the past two days: Looks like Boeing will hold off on a decision to ramp 737 production beyond […]

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First flight of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in photos

I’m back on the east coast after having wrapped up three trans-continental trips in ten days, so I’m catching my breath back here in DC. In the mean time, I’ve uploaded 239 photos from Sunday’s 747-8I first flight festivities. It was an aviation geek’s holiday that started with ZA001 performing touch-and-gos and missed approaches to […]

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Movie Monday – March 21 – Inside Skylab

Movie Monday returns this week with a 1970′s film from NASA about the Skylab and its operations from the time of its launch, the on-orbit repair and deployment of the solar panels and heat shield, and the three crews who called her home in 1973 and 1974. Just as today, NASA used this movie to […]

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Photo of Note: 747-8 Intercontinental is airborne!

Photo of Note: 747-8 Intercontinental is airborne! (Update2)

EVERETT – RC001 is airborne on its maiden sortie as of 9:59 AM PT. Live continuing coverage of the first flight of the 747-8I from FlightBlogger and SEATTLE – 11:40 AM PT: We’ve relocated down to Boeing Field while RC001 is out over Eastern Washington at 14,000ft and all looks to be going smoothly. Because […]

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FlightBlogger Live: First Flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental

RC001 all ready to roll. #7478FF, originally uploaded by flightblogger. EVERETT — RC001′s debut in the sky is all ready for today at Paine Field. The aircraft has been towed out of it’s flight line stall ready for engine start. The first 747-8I will be operating as Boeing 008 Heavy Experimental today, as ZA001 is […]

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