Boeing might sell or shut down its Connexion in-flight Internet service after six years of failing to turn a profit on the business, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Boeing is thought to have spent as much as $1 billion on Connexion, but has had a tough time attracting airline customers, many of whom have complained about the service’s high equipment costs.
New airliners being delivered in the next 20 years will continue to grow in both unit numbers and average aircraft size, according to Boeing. New market predictions from the U.S. manufacturer show a trend toward increased deliveries of larger aircraft with a corresponding decline in the shipments of regional jets (RJs) with 90 or fewer seats.
Boeing is using Qinetiq’s low-speed wind tunnel for continuing evaluation of the 747-8, the latest iteration of the world’s first twin-deck widebody jetliner now midway through its fourth decade. The facility is located here at Farnborough, on the north side of the airfield.
Probably more active here at Farnborough International 2006 than any other exhibitor is ATC Lasham (Hall 1/Stand B22), which handles all arriving and departing aircraft.
One of the most technology-packed airplanes of all time recently received its brain, as it were. Rockwell Collins announced delivery of the Boeing 787’s core network cabinet, the first in a long line of components Collins is supplying for the program. The cabinet plays a key role in Boeing’s idea for an “e-enabled” airplane.
Three years ago, Boeing product support experts started thinking about new ways to take care of the 787 fleet. Many small airlines and startups were placing orders for the new airplane, and Boeing figured some airlines might want to focus more on getting customers to destinations and less on the logistics of operating and maintaining complex jet airliners. The U.S.
The merger in 1999 of air management and engine control specialist Sundstrand and power systems provider Hamilton Standard has proved to be a prescient move that shrewdly anticipated the aerospace industry’s requirement for companies with sufficient technological capability to take on a systems integration role.
Parker Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand A16) returns to Farnborough International this year rejuvenated by a string of recent contract signings and the opening of a joint venture with Singapore’s SIA Engineering Co. Christened Aerospace Component Engineering Services (ACE Services), the partnership with SIA was consummated with the opening of an $11.9 million, 32,000-sq-ft facility located at Loyang Aerospace Park near Singapore Changi Airport.
To the question of when Boeing will replace its 737 dynasty, the company remains tight-lipped. But there appears to be no question that Boeing will introduce a new-generation narrowbody airliner and it has suggested that it will likely enter service by the middle of the next decade.
When Paul Fulchino took the helm as president and CEO of parts distributor Aviall in January 2000, the company’s stock price hovered in the low $8 per share range. “When I came here,” he said, “this was not a pretty place. It didn’t have a value proposition worth anything.”