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Does the Boeing 787 have an ugly tail?

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 01:28:13 +0000

There’s something unseemly about Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, according to pilot Patrick Smith. “(H)ave you taken a look at that tail,” Salon’s aviation expert wrote last week, just as the airplane was entering service. “It’s too small, out of proportion with the rest of the jet. And its odd, too-sharp curvature gives the plane a

Boeing customer switches 747-8s to 777s

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 15:33:23 +0000

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has converted orders for five Boeing 747-8 Freighters to 777 Freighters, Boeing announced Thursday. Emirates will operate the 777s, Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said. “Emirates is the world’s largest 777 operator, and this conversion allows the airline to maximize synergies with its current fleet. “The needs of our customers are constantly evolving

Alaska Airlines launches Android app

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:33:45 +0000

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines announced an Android app Wednesday. “The Android travel app follows the successful launch of a similar iPhone app in August and is part of Alaska Airlines’ focus on using technology and innovation to make our customers’ travels easier and more enjoyable,” Curtis Kopf, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of customer innovation and,

Cathay Pacific gets first Boeing 747-8 Freighter

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:40:01 +0000

Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Cathay Pacific Airways, the second customer to take delivery of the new, stretched 747, Boeing announced Tuesday. “We are pleased to take delivery of this excellent new freighter, which will be a perfect addition to the Cathay Pacific cargo fleet,” John Slosar, CEO of the Hong Kong-based airline,

Boeing sees demand for existing, re-engined 737s

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:21:52 +0000

There’s enough demand for current Boeing 737 airliners to justify continuing to churn out more while the company also markets a version updated with new engines, Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said Wednesday. Boeing just started assembling 35 current Next-Generation 737s a month, up from 31.5, and plans to go to 38 a month

Boeing 787 set to fly with first paying passengers

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:22:27 +0000

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to take off with its first paying passengers Wednesday, and some of those passengers paid quite a bit for the privilege. Launch customer All Nippon Airways is starting 787 service with a charter run from Tokyo Narita airport to Hong Kong, returning to Narita on Thursday. It’s the last of

Are airplane assembly rates like ‘Dorian Gray’?

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:11:57 +0000

Boeing and Airbus’ plans to keep raising production rates to monetize big backlogs look great, but there’s an increasingly frightful portrait in the attic, according to a prominent aerospace analyst. Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal Group, is, of course, invoking Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” in which the namesake character

Boeing delivers 300th 777-300ER

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:33:06 +0000

Boeing Friday delivered its 300th 777-300ER — the first 777 for airline Biman Bangladesh — the plane maker announced Monday. Boeing has hauled in orders from 37 customers for 543 777-300ERs since introducing the extended-range model in 2005. In creating the model, Boeing lengthened the wings with raked tips; strengthened the body, wing, empennage and

Which is the real first commercial Boeing 787 flight?

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:50:14 +0000

Boeing 787 Dreamliner launch customer All Nippon Airways plans to launch commercial service with a flight from Tokyo Narita airport to Hong Kong on Wednesday. But that’s not its real entry into service, according to some aviation enthusiasts. That flight, the return trip the next day and two excursions departing from and returning to Narita

GAO: Questions remain about composite jets like Boeing 787

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:48:50 +0000

UPDATE: Boeing response added below. U.S. and European regulators followed procedures in certifying Boeing’s mostly composite 787 Dreamliner aircraft and took steps to address potential safety concerns, but it’s too soon to say whether these steps are enough, Congressional auditors reported Thursday (pdf). “It is too early to fully assess the adequacy of FAA and

When will Boeing’s 787 make a profit?

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:17:49 +0000

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has cost the company billions of dollars more than expected, pushing back the day when the program will start to make money. But just what it means to be profitable is a complicated question, FlightBlogger noted Thursday. Boeing considers the program profitable now, because it has spread its costs over anticipated sales

ANA nicks first Boeing 787

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:04:33 +0000

The first scratch had to happen sometime. Boeing 787 Dreamliner launch customer All Nippon Airways knocked its first 787 into a boarding bridge on Oct. 13, causing slight damage to an engine cowling, Flightglobal reported Wednesday. The incident happened while a ground crew was towing the aircraft, and caused only surface damage, a spokesman told

Fees, commissions buoy airlines

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:38:39 +0000

No matter how many penalty flags Southwest Airlines throws, airline fees on checked bags and other goods and services aren’t going away, according to a new report. “Ancillary revenue has become a crucial component in the global airline industry’s profit toolbox,” Amadeus and IdeaWorks reported Wednesday. First, we’ve got to note that these companies are

King County starts pitch for Boeing 737 MAX line

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:10:07 +0000

King County Executive Dow Constantine launched his pitch Wednesday for Boeing to assemble its re-engined 737 MAX in the county. “The factories are here. The workforce is here. The ability to move goods is here,” Constantine said during a news conference near Boeing’s current 737 assembly site in Renton, according to a news release. “Now

Boeing starts building 35 737s a month

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:43:19 +0000

Boeing Tuesday started final assembly of its mainstay 737 aircraft at a new rate of 35 a month, up from 31.5, the company announced. The new rate started with loading of chords and webs into a new automated spar assembly tool, which then joined the parts to make a spar — the main support structure