Northrop may decide on KC-X this week or next

Northrop Grumman may decide this week or next what it will do about the bid for the USAF KC-X Final Request for Proposal, understands. Northrop has said frequently and clearly that it may not bid because it… Read More

Sliding Euro helps Airbus

As Airbus and EADS countdown to the March 6 earnings report with a hoped-for resolution of the financially disastrous A400M program, the companies are unexpectedly benefiting from a recent weakening of the Euro to the US dollar. Every… Read More

KC-X FRFP due Feb. 23; does a report hint on outcome?

The Final Request for Proposals for the USAF’s KC-X aerial tanker is due to be issued Feb. 23. The controversial and hotly contested procurement between Boeing and Northrop Grumman is supposed to be decided as a result of… Read More

Woods Hole searching for Air France wreckage

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute from Boston has been hired to search for the wreckage of Air France 447, the Airbus A330-200 that disappeared in the South Atlantic during a severe thunderstorm. Woods Hole participated in the search for… Read More

Publication obtains Boeing’s SC deal

A publication obtained an 18-page summary of the incentives obtained by Boeing for its 787 Line 2 in Charleston (SC). The news report may be accessed here.

Outside the box

We spoke last week at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) annual conference in Lynnwood (WA) in which we made two proposals that were immediately labeled as radical–though we don’t think they are. One involved Boeing and the… Read More

Boeing to decide by year-end on 737RE: McNerney

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney told an investor’s event that the company will decide by year-end on a 737 re-engine program, and by year-end or early next year on enhancing the 777, saying a new 777 is “unlikely.” Here… Read More

Airplane damage at IAD

Here are two photos supplied by Richard Aboulafia of the damage to airplanes from the blizzards and snowfall at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Murtha death bad news for Northrop tanker bid

The death today of US Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, means US Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Boeing/WA) will likely succeed him, and this is bad news for Northrop Grumman and its bid for the… Read More

Hazy leaves ILFC

Steven Udvar-Hazy, co-founder of International Lease Finance Corp. and one of the most powerful voices in commercial aviation, retired on 5 February after more than 27 years in the leasing business. His departure from ILFC was expected since… Read More