Airbus lowers range of A350 on increased capacity assumptions

Airbus this week quietly lowered range for the A350 family on increased capacity assumptions. The range changes appeared without fanfare on the company’s website. When we inquired, a spokesman said,“Seat figures in our public documents have been changed… Read More

Bombardier CSeries in focus

Bombardier’s CSeries is one of three new or derivative airliner to take to the skies, along with the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 787-9. But its flight test program is going at a pace far behind the Big… Read More

IAM calls Boeing offer “piece of crap,” to seek to withdraw it and not put up for a vote

Holy crap. Here’s the story from The Seattle Times.

Politics rears head over Boeing state incentives

It took no time at all for politics to rear its head in Washington State over Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal for an incentive package for Boeing in exchange for siting the 777X in Everett. Republicans, who oppose any… Read More

Odds and Ends: Boeing Everett; SkyWest raises doubts about MRJ; Boeing and Charleston on 777X

Boeing’s Everett Footprint: With the news that Boeing will build 1.5m sf of space for a new 777X Final Assembly Line and wing production facility if the IAM 751 members ratify the new contract and Washington State ponies… Read More

Delta’s growth in Seattle cause ansgt among Alaska Air fans, but ALK the likely winner

Delta Air Lines is boosting its domestic service to Seattle, causing a lot of angst among Alaska Airlines fans, the hometown airline here. Alaska (stock symbol ALK), which has about 50% of the market at Sea-Tac Airport, is… Read More

New 777X facilities to be 1.5m sf, one third the size of Boeing’s Everett plant: IAM

With the release by IAM 751 of the summary of the contract terms to be voted on next week by the membership as one step required for Boeing to select Everett as the assembly site for the 777X,… Read More

Odds and Ends: Lufthansa on Airbus plan; Lion Air; Boeing statement on IAM deal; CSeries test flights

Lufthansa on Airbus’ 18-inch seat plan: Nein! Runway Girl Network (Mary Kirby’s new venture) reports that Lufthansa’s fleet planner doesn’t think much of the Airbus campaign to make coach seat width an 18-inch standard for the industry. Lion… Read More

Assessing the 777X events for Washington State, IAM, Boeing

Update, Nov. 6, 10:00am PST: A summary by IAM 751 of the contract details is here. Original Post: Here’s our take on the news that the IAM and Boeing reached a tentative agreement leading to the selection of… Read More

IAM, Boeing have tentative deal; Washington State steps up for 777X

The International Association of Machinists and Boeing have a tentative agreement that means the Boeing 777X will be built in Everett. The new contract is eight years, to 2024. The IAM membership is to vote on the contract… Read More