To fuel or not to fuel

Here are a couple of items about the refueling capability of the KC-30/KC-330 tanker, which is one point of controversy in the continuing saga of the Boeing-Northrop Grumman tanker contract award. Boeing likes to point out that Northrop’s… Read More

New A380 customer

We understand there is a new A380 customer in Asia. It’s currently a Boeing 747-400 operator and the order is for eight plus four options. We haven’t yet learned which airline but it’s not in China.

Where does Boeing turn?

With delivery delays of around 15 months now expected for the Boeing 787 program, where does Boeing turn to help its customers? One suggestion was upping the production of the 767, currently at one a month. This won’t… Read More

Congressional move ill-advised

A move in the US House to adopt legislation to overturn the USAF tanker award to Boeing is ill-advised on a number of levels. According to a story in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer,  Boeing supporters in the House, incensed… Read More

Eco-Aviation in the US

Eco-Aviation continues to gain ground in the US. Environmental forces in Europe have been targeting aviation for several years, and very aggressively. In the US, the issue has been much slower to catch on. Airbus and Boeing have… Read More

VLA and the Airbus-Boeing forecasts

Boeing has had a long run in the spotlight, given the tanker award and protest and the Goldman Sachs report predicting another six month delay for the 787. For a change, let’s take a look at the Airbus… Read More

And the fury continues

The political fury over the USAF award of the KC-45A tanker to Northrop Grumman/EADS/Airbus continues. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA, our senator, BTW) has made overturning the award her mission in life. We generally support Murray on other issues,… Read More

Boeing statement requesting immediate de-brief

Boeing Requests Immediate KC-X Tanker Briefing ST. LOUIS, March 4, 2008 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today made public a request for an immediate debriefing from U.S. Air Force officials on the KC-X tanker competition. As of… Read More

Assessing the fall-out on the tanker

In the three days since the USAF awarded the tanker contract to Northrop Grumman, the fallout has been swift and vitriolic. Before going there, we’ve updated our corporate website with some analysis of our own. We take a… Read More

What does the Northrop win mean?

Every aerospace analyst surveyed by Bloomberg a week ago figured Boeing would win this competition. We did, too. So what happened? In the end, it came down to what we have been saying all along: did the Air… Read More