Airbus has its challenges, too

While headlines have understandably been focused on Boeing this week, Airbus has its problems, too. The Qantas A380 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine uncontained failure continues to generate news stories. The QF 32 flight details still are emerging, and… Read More

Assessing 787 in-flight fire, Part 2

Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times has this interview with 787 program head Scott Fancher about the in-flight fire incident Tuesday of 787 ZA002. Fancher’s interview is clearly an effort to see the bright side of an event… Read More

Assessing 787 in-flight fire

There are plenty of news stories accessible through Google, so we won’t recap the incident here. Here’s what we can add to the story at this time (06:30 AM PST, Nov. 10); we’ll update as needed.

GEnx customers hit in 787 rescheduling

Here is a story we did for Commercial Aviation Online Tuesday, before the 787 in-flight fire. Customers who ordered the GEnx engines are among those affected by the latest, potential Boeing 787 delivery rescheduling first revealed by CAO‘s… Read More

Boeing to use 10 787s for tests

Update, Sept. 2: Boeing retracts its information to Buckingham. Buckingham just put out a follow-up note to its one issued yesterday, cited below. Interesting to say the least: BA is using 2, not 4 additional aircraft for 787… 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.


The Boeing 787 arrived today at the Farnborough Air Show, a day before the event actually begins. The plane, #3–the so-called “interior airplane” equipped with an interior that is more suitable for testing operations than representative of the… Read More

New 787 delay possible

In a conference call this morning, Scott Fancher, the program head for the Boeing 787, announced the first deliveries to All Nippon Airways might slip to after the first of the year. Fancher emphasized that the schedule still… Read More

787 grounding not “safety-of-flight” issue

The temporary grounding of the Boeing 787 flight test airplanes to deal with the latest assembly issues is not a safety-of-flight issue and was not sought by the flight test crews, says Scott Fancher, program manager. The Seattle… Read More

Air India’s 787 penalty payment, 787 vs A330 efficiency

This article from India has an interesting reference to the penalties paid to Air India by Boeing (and what the airline originally wanted) for the delays of the 27 787s on order. The article also notes that Air… Read More