Archive | December, 2011

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First A350 static airframe section heads for final assembly (Update1)

On a wintery morning in St. Nazaire, France today, the first fuselage section of the Airbus A350 static airframe was loaded onto the A300-600ST Beluga transport aircraft. It’s destination was Toulouse, France, site of the aircraft’s final assembly operations. This airframe, also known as ES or MSN5000, will never fly and will be used in ground […]

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Boeing makes final 787 delivery push for 2011 (Update1)

With nine days to go, Boeing is working to deliver three more 787s to ANA before the close of year. At the time of its inaugural service in late-October, ANA had anticipated seven 787 deliveries by year’s end. Two have since been delivered since late-September and the carrier will receive at most a total of […]

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Odyssey looks to take CSeries head-to-head against A318 (Update1)

The reported existence of a customer for the Paris Air Show mystery order for 10 CS100ER aircraft is now pinned to Odyssey Airlines, a possible new trans-atlantic start-up out of London City Airport. Though one question in particular keeps coming up: Can Bombardier’s 125-seat aircraft fly the mission in an all-premium configuration? Narrowbody aircraft not designed with […]

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With minimum change for MAX, Southwest a good guide for 737

Its launch customer now in hand and its production system taking shape, Boeing’s future 737 Max development resembles its narrowbody programmes of its past. The airframer has backed up its commitment for a minimum-change aircraft with stakeholders who rely on the continuity of the aircraft’s design. Southwest Airlines, launch customer for the 737-300, -500 and […]

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Boeing gets third aircraft nod in 2011 as FAA certifies 747-8I

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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Boeing Unveils First 787 to Enter Service for Japan Airlines

Photo of Note: Boeing rolls out first repainted JAL 787

Boeing rolled out the first 787 to be delivered to Japan Airlines, now painted in its updated livery. The aircraft, whose final registration is currently unknown – believed to be Airplane 23 – will be handed over to JAL early next year following certification of the GEnx-1B-powered 787. JAL is set to be launch customer […]

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Southwest re-commits to its workhorse with 150 737 MAX order (Update1)

For the fourth time in Boeing history, Southwest Airlines will be launch customer for a 737 variant, placing an order for 150 737 Max aircraft and an additional 58 Next Generation 737s. The commitment valued at $19 billion, is the largest firm order in Boeing’s history in both volume and dollar value, besting November’s $18 […]

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Boeing takes 787 around the world in 42-hours and 27-minutes

Boeing Flight 6 returned to Boeing Field early this morning, breaking two world speed records 42h 27min after it left the same spot on December 6. The first leg broke the distance record for the 787′s 440,000-550,000lb weight class covering 10,710nm (19,835km). Upon completion of the second 9,734nm (18,027km) leg established the eastbound speed around […]

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IAM contract gives 70-year old Renton factory new lease on life

With 74% of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers local 751 voting to approve a four-year contract extension, the longest running commercial aircraft production facility in the world will now be home to the 737 Max. (My Full Story)

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Boeing, the IAM, and the month that shook aviation

When October ended the 787 hadn’t yet entered scheduled revenue service, the A350 wasn’t delayed, the A320neo had no launch customer, Embraer hadn’t picked a direction for its future products, Continental Airlines still existed and American Airlines wasn’t bankrupt. Add the record aircraft orders from Emirates and Lion Air, retirement of ZA001, the first flight […]

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