It’s official: A320 NEO launched, 2016 EIS

Update, December 1, 0530 PST: Aviation Week has an interesting piece on what will Boeing do. Original Post: Here is the Airbus press release: Airbus offers new fuel saving engine options for A320 Family 1 December 2010 Airbus… Read More

Airbus to green light NEO

Update: AirInsight has a couple of posts assessing the impact of NEO. Bloomberg News just moved this story: Airbus Said to Plan New A320 Engine Option to Fend Off Rivals 2010-11-30 20:50:43.24 GMT By Andrea Rothman Nov. 30… Read More

Laying the groundwork for a Boeing appeal on KC-X

Update, Dec. 1: George Talbot of The Mobile Press-Register has this interesting interview with Michael Wynne, a former top defense department procurement official, who suggests a solution to the KC-X quandary. Also, at 12:50pm PST: Bloomberg has this… Read More

Five reasons for Airbus to proceed with the A320 NEO

Richard Aboulafia, aerospace consultant with The Teal Group, published his monthly two-page newsletter in which he gives five reasons why Airbus should proceed with the A320 New Engine Option (NEO). The newsletter may be downloaded here. We disagree… Read More

Boeing: 787 fire caused by FOD, design changes coming, no word on delay

Boeing issued this press release at 3pm PST Nov. 24: Boeing Initiates Changes to 787 Power Panel, Updates to Software EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 24, 2010 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is developing minor design changes to power distribution panels… Read More

Snapshot: EADS press conference, mainly on Tanker and USAF faux pas

We attended a press conference today in Washington (DC) with Sean O’Keefe, CEO of EADS North America, that covered a variety of issues but focused mainly on the KC-X tanker competition and most particularly the news last week… Read More

How many ways can the USAF screw up KC-X?

Defense News has this story about the USAF sending Boeing and EADS proprietary information about each company’s bids to the other by mistake. How else can the government screw this competition up? If you read the post carefully,… Read More

Our 787 forecast: 4-6 month delay

Update Nov. 22: Bloomberg News has this report detailing the source of the FOD. Original Post: It’s become a worldwide sport, trying to forecast how long the widely expected delay from the in-flight fire of Boeing 787 ZA002… Read More

54 failures on QF A380

The Associated Press, via this story in The Seattle Times, details the in-flight emergency of the Qantas A380 after the No. 2 engine suffered an uncontained failure. The account is very dramatic, particularly when the as-yet untold story… Read More

737RE? Forgettaboutit

In what is, perhaps, the clearest signal Boeing isn’t going to re-engine the 737, and that it will take on the Airbus A320NEO head-on with an upgraded model, take a look at the last line of the AerCap… Read More