Archive | January, 2012

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A Closer Look: Transitioning to the next generation 777 and A340

Building on last Friday’s post about unlocking customers to evaluate competing airframer’s products, I wanted to look a bit closer at the changes Airbus and Boeing made to develop their respective second generation 777s and A340s. For Boeing, the aircraft maker would evolve the 777-200ER and -300 into the the 777-300ER, -200LR and freighter, while […]

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News Analysis: Norwegian order points to unlocked 737 market

To date, Airbus and Boeing have split three of the five announced 737 Max customers: American Airlines, Aviation Capital Group and now Norwegian Air Shuttle.   Norwegian’s order for 100 737-8s is a big boost for the re-engined jet as it grows its firm backlog and hardly a surprise as the northern European airline is one […]

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American unveils 777-300ER with Sky Interior elements

With its 1,000th unit coming down the line for Emirates, Boeing’s 777 continues to evolve from its earliest incarnations. The latest interior catalog offerings, now selected by American Airlines, include a 787 and 737-style Sky Interior LED-lit entryway for its 777-300ERs, which enter the fleet in December. Long-time Boeing interior design firm Teague was believed […]

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Aircraft Design 101: What’s trust got to do with it?

As we approach Wendesday’s Boeing full year 2011 and quarterly earnings report, which is sure to be filled with questions of the pace of 787 and 747-8 deliveries and production ramp up, the burden of travelled work and change incorporation has been the central theme of aircraft development over the past decade.  I’ve recently started […]

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Bombardier hints at Odyssey CSeries order

As part of its PrivatAir CSeries CS100 order announced yesterday, Bombardier provided a significant allusion to one of its unannounced customers. “Included among the 11 customers that have selected the CSeries aircraft are major network carriers, national carriers, premium airlines serving city centre airports, a low-cost airline, leasing companies and now, with the order from […]

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Photo of Note: A juxtaposition of transportation safety and professionalism

At yesterday’s Airbus Training Center event, professionalism and transportation safety kept coming up as a topic of conversation and how it remains the centerpiece for maintaining the integrity of global transit. While it wasn’t mentioned explicitly, these were the two pictures that kept coming to mind. Submitted without further comment.

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Flutter concern prompts 747-8 tail fuel tank deactivation

Its first delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental internally slated for February, Boeing is locking out the tail fuel tanks of its new jumbo after a structural flutter was found to occur in the event of a certain structural fitting failure. FULL STORY “Boeing certified the 747-8 Intercontinental with the tail fuel tanks locked out because […]

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Video: Airbus fly-by-wire control stick meets Brazilian landscape

MIAMI — I’m here in Florida for the next two days for an Airbus simulator training that will explore the European airframer’s digital fly-by-wire philosophy, which has oft been a point of discussion about the role of computers and the role of pilots in flying.  For Airbus, fly-by-wire has resulted in hard limits on the […]

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ANA’s 787 set to be tested with January service expansion (Update1)

Over the next two weeks, the 787 will add four new destinations, including its first international long-haul route, aided by a growing number of deliveries from Boeing. The 787′s first two and a half months in service have provided a light trial with a only four daily flights with two aircraft and a combined 325min […]

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A correction, clarification and explanation of early A350 production

Since September, structural parts for the first two A350-900s have traversed the Atlantic ocean and the European continent on their way through Airbus’s most distributed commercial supply chain. Monday, Spirit AeroSystems delivered its first center fuselage from its St. Nazaire, France facility to Airbus’s facility pre-final assembly next door. The handover marked the first time […]

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