Boeing sent yet another signal last week that its use of cheaper labor markets in the southeastern U.S. would only accelerate when it announced plans to open a new propulsion engineering center in Charleston, South Carolina, to support the 737 Max. The move comes as part of a wider plan encompassing the establishment of new centers for engineering design and out-of-production airplane support for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Washington State and Southern California.
Boeing announced three significant new defense partnerships here yesterday, although one partner was not identified. The American group signed a memorandum of understanding with Elbit Systems to promote the Hermes 450 and 900 UAVs in the U.S.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner took to the podium for the first time yesterday as BCA boss and, in the process, laid to rest any thought that the company has been dragging its heels on follow-on development of the 787-10X and 777X.
“We’re not backing away from the airplanes one bit,” said Conner. “We’re more committed now than ever. We just don’t want to get into specifics…When we get the aircraft right we’ll move forward.”
Aviation parts and aftermarket services firm Aviall is here at the Farnborough International Airshow (Hall 4 Stand G17) to highlight its ability to provide what it says are innovative supply chain services and logistics solutions to OEMs and aviation operators–civil and military–around the world.
Boeing named a new head of its Commercial Airplanes unit while announcing Tuesday afternoon that Jim Albaugh has decided to retire from the company on October 1. Raymond Conner, 57, formerly Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice president of sales and customer support, assumes Albaugh’s CEO position immediately.
Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) division is gaining ground in its strategy to deliver services for the entire lifetime of the aircraft that it manufactures. The airframer has for a long time offered services beyond just manufacturing airplanes and that strategy has accelerated since CAS president Lou Mancini joined the group in 2002.
As certification of the 787 Dreamliner approaches at the end of this year and launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) prepares to take delivery of its first airplane, Boeing’s service ready team is putting the final touches on preparation for entry into service.
With the advent of the 787 Dreamliner, touted as a “flying WiFi hotspot” chock full of useful data that will be passed along to airline maintenance and engineering departments, Boeing has an opportunity to revamp the way airliners are maintained. What if an airline could transfer its huge maintenance and engineering burden to Boeing and focus on its primary function of moving people around?
Boeing announced today that it has established several new senior-level engineering leadership positions “to help drive engineering excellence and ensure program success across the company.” The appointees include vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program Mike Delaney, who will now serve as head of airplane performance and product architecture for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Scott Carson announced today that he will retire from the company at the end of the year. Boeing chairman, president and CEO Jim McNerney has named Jim Albaugh, 59, to Carson’s leadership role at Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), and Dennis Muilenburg, 45, to succeed Albaugh as president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). Both appointments take effect September 1.
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