Lufthansa committed to 747-8, expects more delays

Flight Global has this report about Lufthansa remaining committed to the 747-8I, but that it expects more delays, a knock-on effect from the continuing 787 problems.

787 Line 2 in Charleston: Aviation Week

Aviation Week reports that Boeing has selected North Charleston, SC, as the site for Line 2 for the 787, planning to build the 787-9 there. It’s all speculative if informed reporting. Update: Boeing called to say no decision… Read More

Qantas cancels, defers 787s

It was just announced that Qantas Airways canceled 15 orders for 15 787s and deferred 15 more. This has nothing to do with this week’s delays. Qantas has been considering its order positions for some time, based on… Read More

787 First Flight delay perspective

Update, June 25: In the myriad of stories about the new 787 delay is this nugget from an Australian reporter: “The 787-8 is currently around 7.5 tonnes overweight and showing a burn of around 4% more fuel than… Read More

Podcast: Paris Air Show, A Look Back

Addison Schonland, Richard Aboulafia and I did a podcast late yesterday, talking about the commercial orders at the Air Show, Airbus, Bombardier, the tanker program, UAVs and last but not least we took bets on whether the first… Read More

787 First flight postponed

Press Release Source: Boeing On Tuesday June 23, 2009, 9:00 am EDT EVERETT, Wash., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA – News) today announced that first flight of the 787 Dreamliner will be postponed due to a… Read More

Launch aid for the A350

This is the seventh in a series of reports from the EADS media day and the Paris Air Show. It is becoming increasingly clear that Airbus is almost certain to tap launch aid from its member states (France,… Read More

787 FF June 28: Aviation Week; Umm, June 30: Flightblogger

Aviation Week magazine today reported that Sunday, June 28, is the likely day for the first flight of the Boeing 787. Read the story here. Bloomberg has a good piece on “the $15 billion dilemma” faced by Boeing… Read More

Bits and Pieces

This is the sixth of a series of posts from the EAD media day and the Paris Air Show…. There are always bits and pieces picked up at these things that don’t fit anywhere else.

787 Line 2 decision near/Updated

Update, June 19: Air Transport World’s Geoffrey Thomas (the 2008 Aerospace Journalist of the Year) spoke with Boeing’s CEO Jim McNerney on the 787 Line 2, and it’s more warning to the IAM. Here is the full ATW… Read More