Repost: Exclusive Interview with Joe Sutter’s grandson as Last Boeing 747 leaves Everett factory

Update, Jan. 30, 2023: The last Boeing 747 will be delivered to Atlas Air tomorrow. Below is the story LNA posted on Dec. 6, 2022, when the airplane was ready to roll out of the Everett factory. In… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of airliner development. Part 31. Serial Production problems

November 26, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week, we started our analysis of the serial production phase. If development is filled with revelations and problems to solve, production has it as well. We start this week by looking… Read More

747-8 engineer nominated for top honors

Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times has this piece that describes the honor Boeing engineer Pio Fitzgerald has been nominated for at the Dubai Air Show for his design fixing the flutter problem on the Boeing 747-8 that… Read More

What’s behind the Cargolux rejection of the 747-8F delivery

Here’s an expanded version of a story we did for Commercial Aviation Online/Air Transport Intelligence: The embarrassing last minute refusal by Cargolux air cargo to accept delivery of the first Boeing 747-8F that was planned in elaborate ceremonies… Read More

New, 6-12 month delay forecast for 747-8

Buckingham Research forecasts a new delay in first delivery of the Boeing 747-8 of 6-12 months. Boeing has indicated first delivery was likely to slip into 2011, but hasn’t announced the move yet. Boeing said design issues were… Read More

AirInsight on 787, 747-8 delays; A321 NEO

AirInsight has several commentaries about the news last week of new delays in the Boeing 787 and 747-8 programs; and a discussion about the prospective A321 New Engine Option. The main site is here.

Deja vu all over again

The third in series of articles from the EADS media day and the Paris Air Show…. Your competitor has designed a new airplane that promises to be 20% more efficient than yours. You are involved in a costly… Read More

Keeping or ditching the 747-8?

When Boeing CEO James McNerney gave a somewhat mixed assessment of the 747-8 program last week during the earnings call, this set off a couple of key stories about the future of the airplane. Michele Dunlop of The… Read More