The holiday season seemed to start early last week for Boeing, as it secured no fewer than three major firm orders, including the biggest in its history.
Boeing secured the largest single order in its history this week, in both dollar value and number of units, when Southwest Airlines signed a contract covering 150 of the new 737 MAX and 58 Next Generation 737s, the companies announced today.
At face value, the December 1 departure of Pier Francesco Guarguaglini as chairman of Finmeccanica should herald a new dawn for the Italian aerospace and defense group. But his successor Giuseppe Orsi, who continues to serve as chief executive too, faces a monumental task to rebuild the company’s business plan in the face of third quarter losses of €324 million ($422 million).
Hamilton Sundstrand, a supplier in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program, and Lufthansa Technik have signed a long-term contract calling for the German maintenance facility to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services on Hamilton Sundstrand’s components for the Boeing 787. The agreement also designates Lufthansa Technik as an official member of Hamilton Sundstrand’s Boeing 787 MRO supplier network.
Evidently regarding discretion as the better part of valor, Airbus has revised the production schedule for its planned A350 XWB, owing to delayed sub-assemblies under production by partners in Europe and the U.S. Airbus has moved the twin-aisle twinjet’s first-flight date from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
For many months Boeing expressed a preference to introduce an all-new airplane in the narrowbody jet segment to replace its 737NG family by 2019.
A record number of exhibitors, maiden Dubai appearances of high-profile aircraft and the debut of the UAE Air Force’s flight display team are among the highlights of the Dubai Air Show 2011. But organizers note an even bigger milestone will be observed at this year’s show: The 40th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates.
Few would argue against the proposition that Boeing has and will absorb a serious financial hit from the three years of delays and the unanticipated complications that arose from its attempt at a new approach to supply-chain management with the 787 program.
Since the Boeing 787 entered service last month, the spotlight has turned toward Airbus, which is working hard on the competing A350XWB.
Airbus has pushed back the planned first flight of the Airbus A350XWB from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Last Thursday, the European airframer admitted that it has had to revise its production schedule, blaming the slippage on delayed subassemblies being produced by partners in Europe and the U.S., including GKN Aerospace and Spirit Aerosystems.