Odds and Ends: $500k per plane to fix 787, says FAA; China’s Airbus order

Cost of 787 fix: It will cost nearly $500,000 per aircraft to install the battery fix in the Boeing 787, documents released by the Federal Aviation Administration indicate. The actual math is $466,666. Analysts believe the 787 grounding… Read More

Reader confidence rising about Boeing battery fix for 787

Reader confidence has risen over the battery fixes designed by Boeing and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for the 787 in our unscientific poll. In the third of three polls we’ve conducted–one before details of a fix… Read More

Odds and Ends: Boeing’s presence in Seattle; 747-8 future; Japan awaits 787 NTSB hearings; Airport delays

Boeing’s presence in Seattle: Bill Virgin, a respected local journalist and observer of aerospace and manufacturing, wrote this column for the Tacoma News-Tribune looking at Boeing’s future presence in the Seattle area. The points Virgin raise are valid,… Read More

Odds and Ends: How Alabama won Airbus; ANA 787 test flights

How Alabama won Airbus: Bloomberg News has this story detailing how Alabama persuaded Airbus to located an A320 plant in Mobile, after losing the tanker competition. ANA to conduct 787 test flights: The Japanese airline, which currently has… Read More

Boeing press conference on 787/FAA action

Boeing held a tele-web press conference at 2pm PDT today about the FAA’s approval of the battery fix and authorization to return the 787 to service. As we prepared to get underway, Boeing clarified some Tweets that referenced… Read More

FAA approves 787 fix, return-to-service

Wall Street Journal article (subscription required). Associated Press, with LOT comments about EASA. Seattle Times: ETOPS @ 180 minutes maintained. Boeing to Begin Modifying 787s as FAA Approves Battery Improvements – Modifications to existing fleets to begin; deliveries… Read More

FAA set to clear 787, Japan may require more: KING 5; production test flights resume

The Federal Aviation Administration appears ready to green-light the Boeing fix to its 787 fleet, but authorities in Japan may not–so reports KING 5 TV (NBC Seattle). KING 5, The Wall Street Journal and others are reporting the… Read More

Odds and Ends: FAA 787 approval could come next week; Ode to an engineer

FAA 787 approval could come next week: Reuters reports that the Federal Aviation Administration could provide a key approval next week that will open the way to the final documentation required to lift the grounding of the Boeing… Read More

Odds and Ends: Tit for Tat; Lockheed in crosshairs of—Embraer; 787 return to service

Tit for Tat: Airbus announces a big order from LionAir. The next day Boeing announces a big order from RyanAir. Airbus has a big press day for its groundbreaking at Mobile (AL). The next day Boeing announces a… Read More

Pace increases for 787 return to service

Multiple signs are pointing to the increasing pace for the return to service for the Boeing 787, but a top company official dodged a question yesterday on the timing. Aviation Week reports that Boeing’s 787 simulators are being… Read More