It looks like the big news of the Dubai Air Show has already come-and-gone. There was little order activity on the second day.
A350 Regional: Etihad Airlines’ order for Airbus A350s include a regional version, with lighter weight, lower range and lower thrust. Aviation Week has details.
Libyan start-up orders Airbus: A new airline in Libya has placed an order for Airbus A350s and A320s.
Boeing produced this slick video to introduce the 777-8/9. As you might expect, the quality is top rate. Boeing has some subtle digs toward the A350, cleverly done as they were.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fop6Qu2CN0E&w=560&h=315]
Headlines from the air show:
Bombardier may take the CSeries to Wichita (KS), where it has a facility, for flight testing if weather in Canada is poor.
IAM 751-777X Vote
In Dominic Gates’ Seattle Times article taking a behind-the-scenes look at the IAM 777X contract fiasco, Gates wrote:
Buffenbarger also raised a concern about the vote outcome. He said that the final vote tally Wednesday showed that 5,000 members hadn’t voted.
While he said he’s not alleging vote fraud, he said the absence of those votes leaves the outcome “questionable.”
“To have that big a number that didn’t vote stands out,” he said.
Buffenbarger needs to check his math. With 31,000 machinists, 5,000 “not voting” means 26,000 did. Sixty-seven percent rejected the contract, or 17,420, and 33% voted to approve it, or 8,580–a difference of 8,900. Even if all 5,000 had voted for the contract (a highly dubious prospect), it still would have lost by nearly3,900 votes. Buffenbarger’s comments to Gates (and we assume accurate reporting) further illustrates to buffoonery of IAM International in this entire mess.
Countdown to 777X site selection: Bloomberg News reports that Boeing will decide within three months where to build the 777X. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for the IAM to get its act together.