Air France May Drop A380s: Bloomberg reports that Air France may cut back its orders for the Airbus A380s. This continues the challenge of Very Large Aircraft sector sales. Boeing has cut production rates twice for its 747-8. The Los Angeles Times has this story about the eventual demise of the 747-8.
Boeing Everett History: Airchive has Part 3 of its history of Boeing’s Everett plant here. This covers the 777 and what especially caught our eye was the photo of the model of the 777-200 with folding wings, a concept that didn’t go into production. The new 777X will have folding wings. The difference is that the 777-200 concept included the outboard control surfaces, which highly complicated the matter. The 777X folding wings are beyond the control surfaces.
BBD, EMB miss targets: Bombardier missed its earnings estimates on fewer deliveries than analysts expected for the third quarter. Here is the press release.
On the Bombardier earnings call, officials didn’t address whether there will be a delay in the entry-into-service, planned for about 12 months after the September 16 first flight. Only four test flights have occurred, and UBS aerospace analyst David Strauss estimates that the program needs to fly an average of 1.8 hours a day to meet this timeline. Flight Test Vehicle #2 is “weeks away” from entering service.
Pierre Beaudoin, president and CEO, says that some customers are considering swapping the CS100 for the larger CS300, which could influence EIS. He added that discussions with customers about schedules, and the pace of ramp-up of production, are factors to be considered for EIS. “We will answer this question in the next few months.”
He said the flight test results so far are “exactly” as planned, but data won’t be shared with customers for some time. Beaudoin said that the pace of the flight tests are also as planned, and that there hasn’t been a delay despite the perception.