Archive | July, 2011

Air India Lifts off

Sensor failure cuts short Air India’s first 787 B-1 flight

First flight of Air India’s 787 cut short by failed sensor Jon Ostrower/Washington, DC Air India’s first 787 made its maiden flight 31 July, though the sortie was cut short by a declared emergency traced to a failed sensor. Operating as Boeing 233, Airplane 29, wearing Air India’s colours, departed Paine Field at Boeing’s Everett, Washington […]

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Retired Boeing executive Corvi to receive Pathfinder Award

With all the discussion about the now seemingly uncertain future for Renton and its role on the re-engined 737, set off by comments yesterday from the company’s CEO, it’s important to note how the line achieved the status of “one of the great aerospace factories in the world.” The credit, in large measure goes to […]

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Until re-engine plans are firmed, 737′s future in Renton is an open question

Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, made a comment last week on the sidelines at the American Airlines order announcement in Dallas that initially escaped my note, in response to a question about the industrial footprint for re-engining the 737 and Renton’s role in building the updated narrowbody: Albaugh: We need to look hard […]

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Boeing lowers 787 and 747-8 delivery guidance to 25-30

Boeing’s second-quarter earnings are out and the 787 and 747-8 2011 delivery guidance has been cut by 10 from 25-40 to 25-30 combined units. The airframer gave no initial indication of how the units would be split between the types, but if previous reporting and analyst estimates are accurate, it will be heavily weighted toward […]

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Boeing to deliver 5-6 787s in 2011, 787-9 EIS set to slip to 2014

With final certification submittals to the US Federal Aviation Administration in sight, Boeing aims to deliver the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways around the third week of September, but is not likely to deliver more than five or six 787s before the close of the year, say company and industry sources, who say […]

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Movie Monday – July 25 – Inside PMDG’s Next Generation 737

I’ll be the first to admit this is not your typical Movie Monday, even though it runs more than an hour. For the past several years, Precision Manuals Design Group, also known as PMDG, has been at work creating the world’s most extensive desktop simulation of the Next Generation Boeing 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator […]

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Podcast: The American Airlines order postmortem

I had an opportunity this afternoon to record a podcast with AirInsight’s Addison Schonland, Ken Herbert of Wedbush Securities and Michel Merluzeau at G2Solutions to discuss Wednesday’s American Airlines mega-order and its impact on Boeing and Airbus, including the reaction of Boeing’s most-loyal narrowbody customers to the timing of the decision to re-engine the 737 […]

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By The Numbers: American Airlines’ record aircraft deal

460: Total firm aircraft ordered by American Airlines, a record for commercial aviation, with 260 for Airbus and 200 for Boeing. 27: Days it took the previous record holder for largest aircraft order to fall, held by Air Asia for its 200 aircraft A320neo deal signed at the Paris Air Show on June 23. 100: Firm […]

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Photo of Note: The central question of re-engining the Boeing 737

Photo of Note: The central question of re-engining the Boeing 737

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Breaking: American Airlines orders 460 narrowbody aircraft, including 100 re-engined 737s and 160 A320neos

UPDATE 8:56 AM CT: Central to Boeing moving forward in developing this new 737 variant is Boeing’s own tendency to make too much change all at once. Boeing’s Jim Albaugh discussed this over a year ago, and the phase “requirements creep” us going to be one you’ll be hearing a lot about in the coming […]

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