Archive | May, 2011

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Boeing makes subtle, major move toward a new aircraft

Buried in the second-to-last paragraph in an announcement of vice presidential promotions for its chief engineers was a word about Terry Beezhold, who serves as the 787 airplane level integration team (ALIT) leader. Beezhold, effective today, becomes Boeing’s vice president for process, tools and affordability. One particular line in his new job description stands out: […]

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Boston ends its quest for direct Asia service with JAL’s 787

Boston’s Logan International Airport and the Asia has a long and winding history of missed connections, though the pair is finally to be united. Elected officials in Massachusetts have sought direct service between Boston and Asian destinations for more than a half decade. The 7,800 to 10,000ft runways at Logan restricted how many passengers and […]

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Sources: 787 fatigue airframe passes 10,000 cycles

Boeing’s 787 fatigue test airframe has passed the critical 10,000 cycle milestone, solidifying a regulatory requirement to maintain ahead of the fleet leader in simulated takeoffs and landings, say program sources.  The airframe, dubbed ZY998, first began its fatigue trials in September 2010, parked behind the Everett factory in a custom test fixture designed to […]

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787 to visit Japan in July, delivery focus on August or September

Boeing firmed its schedule for the 787′s service ready, operation and validation (SROV) testing schedule today, readying ZA002 to fly to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and visit airports in southwestern Japan from July 4 to 8. The company has also ruled out a July first delivery to All Nippon Airways, placing the first handover in August […]

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Did Boeing’s Albaugh hint at a Delta A320neo order?

I went back and listened to the Boeing Investor Day recordings last night and an item that I missed on the first path jumped out at me at second glance. Today’s mixed Delta Air Lines A320/737NG narrowbody fleet is a creation of the Delta/Northwest merger, but Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Albaugh hints that the carrier […]

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Embraer’s seemingly never-ending search for narrowbody clarity

Submitted without comment. March 27, 2009: Embraer to decide on larger aircraft within 18 to 24 monthsEmbraer expects to decide whether to move forward with development of a larger commercial aircraft within the next 18 to 24 months. During an earnings conference call today, Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado said: “We keep looking […]

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Boeing lifts the cover on new 787-10X rendering

In his Boeing Investor Conference presentation today, 787 vice president and general manager, Scott Fancher, included something extra in his accompanying slides: A new rendering of Boeing’s 787-10X. The last rendering of the aircraft was first unveiled in 2007 when the notional 787-10 was first presented at the Paris Air Show. At that point, the […]

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Liveblog: Boeing Investor Day 2011

Boeing’s yearly gathering of financial analysts in Seattle gets underway today at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT this page will be bringing you liveblogged coverage of the commercial presentations from CEO Jim McNerney, CFO James Bell, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh, 787 vice president and general manager Scott Fancher. In many ways, Boeing uses its […]

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Movie Monday – May 23 – Lockheed’s 56 year old C-130

This week’s Movie Monday is another trip into the vault for classic aircraft development footage. This declassified 1955 report on the original Lockheed C-130 Hercules runs 13min – a bit shorter than usual MMs – but the level of detail provided in the report is really extensive. The C-130 airframe has been upgraded and adapted […]

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Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 ‘Package B’ set for first flight aboard 787 (Update3)

Apologies for the lack of content here the past two weeks, I’ve been mostly ‘heads down’ working on features for our Paris air show issue.  ZA004 will return to flying Friday with the first Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 ‘Package B’ engine hung under its right wing, marking the beginning of tests on the updated powerplant meant […]

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