What’s next in WTO case

Update, July 2: The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming. This Defense News article details plans by a US company to offer a Russian airplane in the KC-X competition. Photo from Defense News Talk about a foreign,… Read More

EADS statement on WTO affect on KC-X competition

From Guy Hicks, VP of corporate communications at EADS North America: “The Obama Administration and Department of Defense have opposed every attempt to use the ongoing WTO commercial trade dispute to derail the KC-X competition.  The only beneficiary… Read More

Boeing responds to the public release of the WTO ruling

Boeing has issued the following statement: Boeing Calls WTO Ruling a Landmark Decision and Sweeping Legal Victory – Launch aid for every Airbus program deemed illegal and damaging – ‘Prohibited’ A380 launch aid must be withdrawn ‘without delay’… Read More

Airbus responds to WTO public release of final subsidies report

The 1,038 page Final Report by a three-member panel of the World Trade Organization on the US complaint about illegal subsidies to Airbus was made public today. Findings and Conclusions: 5 pages, PDF. These are difficult to grasp… Read More

“More has been costing more”

With the Pentagon’s announcement this week that a major push has begun to wring costs out of the defense budget, will this macro approach trickle down to one of the largest defense procurements in decades–the KC-X tanker recapitalization?… Read More

The irreverance of Buzz Aldrin

Let’s start out the week with this humorous and enlightening interview with retired US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. In it, he answers one of mankind’s most pressing question.

787 grounding not “safety-of-flight” issue

The temporary grounding of the Boeing 787 flight test airplanes to deal with the latest assembly issues is not a safety-of-flight issue and was not sought by the flight test crews, says Scott Fancher, program manager. The Seattle… Read More

Dictionary and the KC-45

We love clever ads. Here is the PDF. KC-X_Dictionary Below the jump is EADS’ ad that appeared yesterday.

Boeing gives Everett a makeover

Here’s a departure from our usual stuff with this Aviation Week story about Boeing’s $800m “make-over” of its Everett plant. Separately, Boeing will have the 787 at the Farnborough Air Show but not the 747-8.

Weak Euro helps Airbus vs. Boeing

The weak Euro at its present level could help Airbus lower the cost (mostly in Euros) and therefore the price (entirely in dollars) by as much as 10%, according to Charles Armitage, an aerospace consultant based in London…. Read More