Airbus annual press conference: Passed 12,000 orders since inception, more than 9,000 single-aisle

We’re at the Airbus Annual Press Conference for the 2012 results, the first of several stops on our Europe trip. Participants are: Fabrice Breigier, CEO (FB) Gunter Butschek, COO (GB) John Leahy, COO-Customers (JL) Tom Williams, EVP Programs… Read More

A380 has, A350 will have lithium-ion batteries

Focus on the Boeing 787’s mishap last Monday comes, naturally, on the fire involving the lithium-ion battery. The battery, or Li-ion for short, is considered hazardous in many applications and in air cargo shipping. Two Boeing 747-400 cargo… Read More

FAA launches 787 system review

The Federal Aviation Administration today launched a review of the Boeing 787’s electrical system. We start our coverage with a running synopsis of the press conference at 9:30am ET. Presenting are Michael Huerta, director of the FAA (MH);… Read More

Perspective on 787 Boston incident

Update: Wall Street Journal reporting United Airlines found mis-wired battery following inspections in wake of JAL 787 fire. Update, 1215 PM PT: Boeing issued this statement regarding the fire incident: “Regarding yesterday’s event onboard a Japan Airlines (JAL)… Read More

To the next President and next Congress: Maybe Sequestration should happen after all for the long-term good

As voters go to the polls today, we’ve turned our thoughts to Sequestration and the impact on Defense budgets. Defense sequestration is widely view as a disaster for national defense and for employment. Sequestration requires a cut of… Read More

Boeing’s American dilemma

Bloomberg has this story about the competition. Wall Street Journal has this story. Here is a story we did for Commercial Aviation Online on the American Airlines aircraft order situation. Date: 18/07/2011 10:37 Source: Commercial Aviation Online Location:… 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

Freudian slip?

We’ll see how long it takes for this to get corrected. The headline is “Former Boeing CEO McNerney named to IBM board.”

Airbus adjusts production

Update, Feb. 20: Flight Global has this report with a dire prediction from the IATA General Director that Airbus and Boeing won’t be able to deliver half of the aircraft scheduled this year because of the credit crunch…. Read More

Airbus, Boeing news from around the world

Update, November 6: 2:40 PM PST: Boeing is to make its contract offer to SPEEA today, with plans to conclude talks next week. Armed Forces Journal: We wrote this article for this magazine’s November issue taking a look… Read More