If it didn’t become immediately apparent when Boeing began alluding to time frames that implied a replacement of the 737 might not materialize until 2020, the company’s recent revelations of new set of design enhancements certainly erased any doubts that a direct replacement will have to wait until designers and engineers squeeze all the efficiency and comfort available from the existing narrowbody family.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » May 29, 2009
Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. plans to display one of the two Superjet 100s now involved in flight testing at the June 15 to 21 Paris Air Show, just around the time the program’s third test article makes its planned maiden flight, according to Alessandro Franzoni, CEO of the program’s Venice, Italy-based marketing and support arm, Superjet International.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) has so far shed about 40 percent of the 4,500 jobs it plans to cut this year, BCA president and CEO Scott Carson told attendees of the company’s annual investors’ conference on May 21.
The first A320 aircraft assembled outside Europe at the Airbus Final Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin, China, completed its first flight on May 18, a little more than a month before scheduled first delivery to Dragon Aviation Leasing customer Sichuan Airlines. The milestone flight came amid aggressive moves to spark a recovery of China’s airline industry with direct government funding and loans.
Boeing took a crucial step toward first flight of the 787 on May 21, when it executed the first all-electric start of a twin-aisle commercial jetliner and completed the Dreamliner’s first engine runs. During some 40 minutes of testing, the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 turbofans operated at various power settings to ensure all systems perform as expected.
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