FARNBOROUGH: Boeing test pilots narrate, discuss 787 flying display

Boeing’s return to the flying display circuit after a 28-year hiatus provided several crowd-pleasing moments, but that was not originally the airframer’s plan. Boeing actually had intended to show off little more than two sedate fly-pasts. The steep-climbing, 2g banking, touch-and-go routine only evolved because of local restrictions on the 787′s overflight footprint. That’s one […]

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FARNBOROUGH: Boeing defines the 737 Max [Updated with video]

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Nearly 11 months after launching the programme, Boeing finally revealed the 737 Max specifications. We’ll be posting video of Boeing’s full presentation shortly [update: see above], but in the meantime here is a quick snapshot of the 737 Max weight and range targets. Boeing plans to deliver the first 737 Max in 2017, allowing five […]

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FARNBOROUGH: Meet Boeing’s new boss — NOT same as old boss

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Less than two weeks after his appointment, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO and President Ray Conner faced the news media for the first time on the eve of the Farnborough air show. While emphasising the goal of maintaining continuity, Conner’s responses revealed sharp lines between his philosophy and that of his former boss Jim Albaugh, who […]

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VIDEO: Qatar 787 air-to-air at Farnborough #Farn12

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AF447: When hearing isn’t believing

Two short paragraphs of the Air France AF447 investigation report offer an curious insight into the brain’s response to aural alarm signals – and might go some way to explain not just the crew’s failure to recognise the A330′s stall but why terrain-warning systems sometimes seem to bark at pilots to ‘pull up’ in vain. […]

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TIMELINE: Airbus’ 10-year-old obsession with Mobile

MOBILE, Alabama — We can go way, way back if you like. Say, the early 18th century. Airbus — both the company and the concept — would not be invented or even dreamed of for some time. But the roots of France’s claim on the economic fortunes of Mobile can be traced that far. It […]

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Raw Video: Airbus’ new ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

MOBILE, Alabama — We apologise. It was impossible to write this blog without at least one reference to Lynyrd Skynyrd, but at least we got it out of the way right at the top. (Airbus, in a show of heroic restraint, waited until the end of the public ceremony to play Alabama’s favourite tune.) Our […]

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Jim Albaugh’s post-Boeing wealth valued at $57.4M

Jim Albaugh, 62, will retire from Boeing on 1 October with a package of compensation, stock and benefits valued at $57.4 million in Boeing’s 2011 proxy statement to shareholders. The majority of Albaugh’s retirement wealth comes from a $25.4 million account with voluntarily deferred compensation. Boeing’s senior executive retirement plan also will pay Albaugh a […]

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Boeing confirms 787 flying display at Farnborough

It was the worst-kept secret in aerospace. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker told reporters about it at EBACE six weeks ago, and someone we know (wink-wink) at the Wall Street Journal made a big splash with it earlier this week. Finally, Boeing has confirmed what everybody now already knows (and, yet, we are […]

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Airbus’ next move: Made in the USA?

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The reports that Airbus on Monday will open an A320 factory in Mobile, Alabama remain unconfirmed, but they are getting pretty close to official. It’s not just anonymous sources talking to the New York Times in Paris. The Mobile Register has talked to employees at the Airbus engineering center, and they have been told rather […]

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