As the aerospace industry turns its attention to the Middle East for the 2013 Dubai Air Show, it might take for granted the prominent presence of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. This year, however, Boeing hopes that its local partners view its participation as less of a marketing exercise than of a demonstration of its commitment to industrial and societal development in the region.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a licensing agreement with Boeing covering modifications of 767 and 747 airliners by its Bedek Aircraft Group division. The agreement, announced on October 15, means that Boeing will provide support for aircraft converted by Bedek without charging operators an annual fee, ending a policy introduced by the U.S. airframer in 2009. It will cover 72 of Bedek’s earlier BDSF767-200/300 modifications and 29 BDSF747-400s–most of which involve passenger-to-freighter conversions–as well as all future projects.
Jeppesen has released version 2.1 of its Mobile FliteDeck iPad app with several significant improvements, including display of own-ship position on geo-referenced approach charts. Jeppesen also revealed that it has begun development of FliteDeck Pro (for commercial operators) for a new platform, and it isn’t Android but Microsoft’s Windows 8/Surface tablet environment.
Jeppesen has begun development of FliteDeck Pro (for commercial operators) for Microsoft’s Windows 8/Surface tablet. Delta Air Lines is the launch customer and plans to equip its 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablet computers as electronic flight bags, with Boeing 757 and 767 pilots scheduled to receive their units later this year and the rest next year. The Surface 2 tablets will run Jeppesen’s FliteDeck Pro and will be used for document viewing and checklists, replacing 38 pounds of paper per airplane and saving Delta $13 million a year in fuel and associated costs.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors responsible for clearing airplanes for delivery returned to work this week at Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina 787 plant following a nearly weeklong furlough due to the partial federal government shutdown, Boeing confirmed in a statement to AIN on Tuesday.
In a serious blow to Boeing, Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement covering 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s worth $9.5 billion at list prices. The deal, which also includes options on another 25 of the mostly composite widebodies, marks the first order from Japan for the A350 and Airbus’s first-ever order from JAL.
Emirates Airline has worked for more than two years to assist Boeing in the design of the 777X, the new airplane expected to begin replacing the phenomenally successful 777-300ER at the end of the decade, according to Emirates president Tim Clark.
Boeing launched a suite of iPad apps last week directed at airline maintenance providers. The aircraft manufacturer spent more than a year developing the apps with American, Alaska and United, with the goal of delivering necessary aircraft information to maintenance technicians more quickly.
Bell Boeing, the joint venture that produces the V-22 and MV-22 tiltrotor for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, announced that it had successfully demonstrated the capability of that aircraft to serve as an aerial refueling tanker in trials with F/A-18C/D fighters. The test V-22 used a retractable refueling drogue. Bell Boeing has been promoting the V-22 for other roles, including that of the Greyhound COD resupply mission for aircraft carriers.
Greenpoint Technologies in Kirkland, Wash., is best known for its green interior outfitting of executive and government variants of Boeing airliners. More recently, in August, the company announced it has contracted for a build-to-print and testing program that includes manufacturing interior bar units, coat closets and video control cabinets for eight new Boeing 777-200 airliners.