Archive | October, 2011

Boeing’s 787 accounting block a big break from its history (Update1)

On the same day as All Nippon Airways will fly its maiden commercial service aboard the 787, Boeing will report its third quarter earnings. The October 26 call with analysts and media will provide the first concrete details about the company’s expectations on the 787′s long-term financial health and will see the disclosure of the […]

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Trent XWB heads for flight test with first A380, Enders draws line on A350-1000 changes

A well-worn A380 MSN001 rolled out a hangar in Toulouse, France yesterday sporting a newly installed Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine. The powerplant, rated at 84,000lbs of thrust, will continue to advance Rolls-Royce’s certification program for the new engine, which will eventually power the Airbus A350 XWB. The 118in (300cm) diameter fan of the Trent XWB-84 […]

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Blended scimitar-tipped split winglet next on Aviation Partners’ list (Update1)

Without the prospect of a clean-sheet design from Western manufacturers seating 150 to 210 passengers for at least a decade and a half, improving the current and future generations of 737s and A320s has put incremental improvement at the forefront of aircraft design. From in-flight entertainment and lightweight seats to wingtip treatments, the opportunities for […]

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Movie Monday – October 17 – Building Virgin Galactic

Today’s Movie Monday is about commercial aerospace, but from a slightly higher altitude. This National Geographic documentary takes you inside the development of Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites’ White Knight Two and Spaceship Two for Virgin Galactic. If this is your first introduction to VG, the company’s goal is to achieve regular commercial space tourism and […]

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Video of Note: Chasing a 787 on top of the clouds

This video, posted yesterday, on YouTube by Clay Lacy Aviation, a major Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) based out of Boeing Field, captured an extended air-to-air photo shoot with ZA002. The nearly five-minute video was shot on the sunny side of the cloudy skies in the Pacific Northwest. Make sure to watch this one at full screen […]

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Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EDF

Emirates price tag for an A380 stands at $234,000,000

Quick item from the Department of Things That Probably Weren’t Meant to be Posted on the Internet: inexplicably posted an announcement from Nimrod Capital LLC, which today bought the first of three A380s it is leasing to Emirates, each for 12 years.  All the headlines have been focused on China Southern’s first A380 delivery today, […]

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Second 787 and 747-8F deliver to ANA and Cargolux today; first United 787 rolls out, is delayed again

With yesterday’s delivery of the first 747-8F to Cargolux, the type’s launch customer has taken a second jumbo freighter today. RC504 is currently enroute to Luxembourg after departing Paine Field shortly before 1 PM PT.  Also taking place today, the second 787 has been delivered to All Nippon Airways and a flyaway to Japan is […]

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Sources: Boeing to deliver first 747-8F today, for real (Update1)

Boeing will deliver its first 747-8 freighter today to Cargolux, breaking an impasse over a contractual dispute, sources confirm. The first 747-8F LC-VCB will be handed over to the carrier today with a second, LC-VCD, to be delivered October 13. Cargolux, Boeing, General Electric, which supplies the GEnx-2B engines for the new jumbo freighter, have […]

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Low on margin, Boeing aims to deliver single 747-8I in 2011

LAS VEGAS — Citing change incorporation stemming from flight test, Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor says the first and only delivery of the 747-8I in 2011 will be “right at the end of the year”. “There’s not a lot of margin”, says Taylor of the 747-8I, which is expected to be certified late in […]

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Superjet makes unexpected NBAA entrance with Comlux

LAS VEGAS — When the Sukhoi Superjet Twitter account checked into McCarran Airport on Foursquare late last week, more than an eyebrow’s worth of interest was raised. A sign, perhaps, of the 100-seater‘s growing presence in business aviation, with its recently announced Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ). At Sunday’s NBAA press day, Switzerland-based Comlux ordered two […]

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