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How reliable so far is the 747-8?

Photo courtesy of Boeing Six months after entry-into-service of the 747-8 Freighter, we now have the first hard indications of the new type’s technical dispatch reliability, a rating that measures the number of flights canceled because of a technical problem with the aircraft. It does not count cancellations due to weather or staffing delays. With […]

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Post-script: A farewell to Discovery

Photo by Stephen Trimble Watching the Discovery riding piggy-back aboard an equally ancient 747 over the Potomac River this morning was moving, especially after it was gone. It felt like seeing the last of something. NASA’s space shuttle came from the same era as the Concorde and the SR-71, the Discovery’s magnificently impractical new neighbors […]

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SPOTTED: Discovery’s last ride … right over our office!

Photo by Stephen Trimble As seen over the Alexandria (Virginia) waterfront about 15 minutes ago … Space Shuttle Discovery atop the Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft on its final flight to Washington-Dulles, where it will join the collection at the Udvar-Hazy annex to the Smithosonian Air and Space Museum. The Discovery replaces the Enterprise, which […]

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Rebuilding begins at Spirit AeroSystems [Updated w/new picture]

All photos courtesy of Spirit AeroSystems Spirit AeroSystems has released several images of the destruction at its sprawling plant in Wichita, Kansas. Its production facilities for Boeing commercial aircraft and other airframers were hit by a Category 3 tornado on 16 14 April. Importantly, nobody in Wichita was killed, and no Spirit AeroSystems employees were […]

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Movie Monday: As we patiently await a certain 747-8 delivery …

Some day very soon — perhaps even next Monday or Tuesday — Lufthansa will formally accept the first Boeing 747-8 airliner. The exact date still remains a mystery. On 30 March, Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz refused to commit to a delivery date during a brief interview on the sidelines of an International Aviation Club luncheon, […]

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BREAKING: Boeing reveals new 737 Max design tweaks

[Editor's note: Filing this aboard an American Airlines 737-700, DCA-DFW. Will post updates as possible. Technically-speaking, I'm supposed to be on vacation!] Boeing has decided to adopt a 20.3cm (8in)nose gear extension and control the spoilers using fly-by-wire among otherdesign changes revealed today for the 737 Max family. The company’s announcement clarifiesseveral key design features […]

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Turboprop market too small for both ATR and Bombardier, Embraer CEO says

Three weeks ago Embraer was “seriously studying the possibiliy of a return to turboprop manufacture“. Not anymore. Today. we asked Frederico Curado, Embraer chief executive, if there was any chance that Embraer might still launch a new turboprop to compete with the Bombardier Q400 and the ATR 42/72 family. Curado, who held a press conference […]

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VIDEO: Boeing, Embraer get closer, but “few details”

We received the tip at noon: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Embraer were going to make an “important announcement” downtown at the US Chamber of Commerce at 15:30. Jim Albaugh and Frederico Curado, CEOs of both companies, would be there. That’s all we needed. We dropped our afternoon plans, jumped in a taxi and headed for […]

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Movie Monday (and, also, why Jon Ostrower ruined my trip to Russia)

Today’s Movie Monday is in honour of a trip to Moscow your blogger will not be making next week. As of two weeks ago, the trip was all set up: my seat on British Airways, my room in the Aerostar Hotel, my interviews with the heads of Irkut and MiG, even my personal visit to […]

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