A320 Enhancement

Fortunately we can laugh about this one.

Lessor LCAL in 787 talks

Middle East lessor LCAL is in compensation talks with Boeing over delays to the 787 program. LCAL was created to lease 787s and has 21 on order. With the delays to the program, the lessor’s business plan is… Read More

Thoughts on US 1549

Update, January 19: More information continues to emerge over the remarkable saga of US Airways flight 1549. Readers can Google the news stories and get plenty; we linked to New York Times pieces at the end of this… Read More

Airbus 2008 orders 4th best

Airbus announced its 2008 order book today, with 777 net orders, reflecting cancellations of 65 A319s from bankrupt US discount airline Skybus, the last of the original A350 orders and a few others. The tally is the fourth… Read More

SPEEA begins work-to-rules on 747-8

SPEEA, the Boeing engineers union, has begun a work-to-rules effort in Wichita (KS) on the 747-8 program intended to put pressure on the company as contract talks continue, we’ve learned. SPEEA also passed out 2,000 fliers at the… Read More

First meaningful 787s cancellations coming

Look for the first meaningful Boeing 787 cancellations to appear, perhaps as early as this month, due to delays and the economy. By “meaningful” we mean more than the one from some obscure airline that has already occurred…. Read More

KC-X procurement faces deferral

The controversial KC-X aerial tanker procurement will likely be deferred, predicts Goldman Sachs. So will several other Boeing programs, according to Goldman: the Airborne Laser, the Ground-Based MidCourse Missile Defense System and the Boeing/SAI Future Combat Systems. Goldman… Read More

Boeing groups flight testing for efficiencies, cost savings

Boeing last week (Jan. 8th) announced internally a reorganization of its flight test department across Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) and Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) that consolidates all flight testing into one organization. The move will have several benefits,… Read More

Airbus YE08 Conferences Tuesday, Thursday

EADS and its subsidiary Airbus will have their year-end 08 press conferences January 13 and 15 to discuss 2008 orders, events and the outlook for 2009. This comes on the heals of a January 9 analyst report by… Read More

New Air Force One; Boeing layoffs

Flight International reports that the Air Force issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a new Air Force One to replace the Boeing 747-200 that will be 27 years old when it’s replaced. The USAF previously said that… Read More