Odds and Ends: Quote of the Day; A380 vs 777X; 757NG; CSeries

Quote of the Day: We have our favorite in this story. We presume our Readers won’t have any trouble figuring this out. And the prospect of announcing the Airbus A330neo at the ILA Berlin Air Show is clearly… Read More

PW Media Day 1: next gen GTF to cut fuel costs 10%-15% over today’s GTF

We’re at the Pratt & Whitney media days today and tomorrow. This is the Technology at PW panel. Participants are: Alan Epstein, engineer and moderator. (AE) Michael Winter, chief technologists (MW) Graham Webb, MRJ, CSeries and EJet engines…. Read More

ILA Berlin Air Show begins tomorrow

The ILA Berlin Air Show begins tomorrow. The Air Show is a poor cousin to the Farnborough Air Show (July this year) and the Paris Air Show (in odd-numbered years). We went to this show in 2006 and… Read More

Airbus, Boeing face pricing pressure

Airbus and Boeing face pricing squeezes that are the result of their continuing price wars and two products that need price cuts to maintain sales. The fierce single-aisle battle between Airbus and Boeing, and to a much lesser… Read More

EU may challenge 777X tax breaks from Washington State

Reuters is reporting that the European Union may challenge the $8.7bn in tax breaks Washington legislators voted to grant Boeing in return for locating assembly of the 777X and its wing in the state. Readers know we worried… Read More

Odds and Ends: 367-80 roll-out 60 years ago; Air Canada deals blow to BBD

367-80 rollout: Boeing rolled out the 707 prototype, the 367-80, 60 years ago yesterday. The Seattle Post Intelligencer has this story. The name 367-80 was an effort to infer the project was merely a derivative of the C-97… Read More

Odds and Ends: Gooney Bird; UAV helicopter

Gooney Bird: Britain’s The Economist has an interesting look back at The Gooney Bird, one of the affectionate names of the Douglas DC-3. Any aviation enthusiast knows the DC-3 has a unique place in history, a description that… Read More

PW mum about reported thrust bump on GTF

Sylvain Faust, who follows the Bombardier CSeries more closely than anyone else we know except the program participants, last night posted a piece that says the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan engine now in testing with the… Read More

Airbus Group beats expections for first quarter results

Airbus Group beat expectations for its first quarter profit. Continuing research and development costs weighed on earnings before one-time charges. Earnings before interest and the charges were actually down slightly vs 2013 but were better than expectations. Group… Read More

Odds and Ends: Cockpit changes in the 777X; CSeries test progress; order bubble; MH370

Cockpit changes in 777X: Aviation Week has a detailed article about changes in the cockpit for the Boeing 777X, including displays and its fly-by-wire system. The changes enable a common type rating with the 787, according to Aviation… Read More