Archive | April, 2011

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Boeing CEO floats mystery fourth 787 to bolster program profitability

On Wednesday’s Boeing earnings call, CEO Jim McNerney was asked about the near, middle and long term prospects for achieving profitability on the 787. McNerney answer did not provide much in the way of clarity on the program’s profitability, instead saying those details – including the accounting block size – would be available at first […]

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Thousands of fastener joints in each 787 wing require rework for lightning strike protection

While removing and reapplying sealant to each 787 remains critical in preparing for delivery, the workmanship of its application is not the only item Boeing has identified for change inside the aircraft’s composite wings; a design change discovered in the fall of 2009 requires the removal and replacement of thousands of improperly coated fastener joints […]

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Video: Second 747-8I returns to Everett after its first flight

The second of two dedicated 747-8 Intercontinental test aircraft, RC021, returned to Paine Field a short time ago after completing its maiden flight. The aircraft will be part of the 600+ hour flight test campaign to certify the 747-8I by the fall, in time for deliveries by the end of the year. This aircraft – […]

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The arrival of JAL’s first 787 prompts a tangle of delivery dates

Sometimes the only thing that’s clear is that nothing is clear. The Seattle Times reports this morning that Boeing is still struggling with the 787 and the massive amount of rework that is taking place all over Paine Field, including at rapidly growing Boeing ATS now dubbed “factory south”. The goal of delivering 12 to […]

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Open Thread: What questions do you have for Boeing?

On Wednesday morning, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney and CFO James Bell will host the company’s first quarterly earnings call for 2011. For those of you unfamiliar with the format, the second half of the call is devoted to questions from industry analysts and the media. I’m looking forward to asking a question during the call, […]

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Movie Monday – April 25 – Flying Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning

This week’s Movie Monday, comes from the extensive youtube aviation film archive contains a 35 minute 1943 training film on the flight characteristics of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The twin-engine fighter saw service in World War II and was one of the famed creations of Lockheed’s Kelly Johnson. This film was produced in the same vein […]

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Video of Note: China Southern’s first 787 leaves the paint shop

Ubiquitous Paine Field spotter Matt Cawby captured China Southern’s first 787 making its way from the paint hanger to the long-term storage ramp over at Future of Flight. This particular aircraft, the 34th 787 built (fatigue and static airframes notwithstanding), came through the global production system over the past eight months, having been spotted in the […]

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NLRB complaint points to 787 surge line’s coming permanency

Reading between the lines of the National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing, it becomes clear that the foundations for the settlement between Boeing and the IAM may be self-evident in the form of the eventual permanency of the coming 787 surge line. The NLRB alleges Boeing violated the National Labor Relations Act by placing […]

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A tale of two factories: Boeing set to expand 787 mod operation

Boeing is advancing toward full-activation of what it sees as a second 787 factory at its Everett, Washington facility, one designed to incorporate the aircraft’s final certified configuration into dozens of Dreamliners already built, in a methodical move to convert billions of dollars of production inventory into cash for itself and its supplier partners and […]

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Sukhoi marks first Superjet delivery to Armavia

Fifty years and a week after Yuri Gagarin first orbited the Earth in Vostok 1, a new Russian commercial jetliner was delivered by Sukhoi bearing his name. The first production Sukhoi Superjet 100 was delivered to Armenian carrier Armavia at Zvartnots International Airport in the nation’s capital of Yerevan. The aircraft, line number seven, has […]

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