Boeing likes to refer to “discipline” when it describes the approach it has taken with the 787-9, discipline in defining the firm configuration of the airplane and discipline related to the program’s engineering plan.
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Calling this the year of design execution for the Boeing 737 Max, program chief Keith Leverkuhn finds himself immersed in the challenges of orchestrating the re-engined narrowbody project to support a factory production rate due to rise to 47 a month around the time the first Max 8 enters service in 2017.
Characterizing the Boeing 777X program as “stable” and the 787-9 as “lighter than projected,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of airplane development Scott Fancher issued an upbeat assessment of virtually all he surveys during press briefings at the company’s Everett, Washington, facilities on Tuesday.
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney seized the chance to impress upon securities analysts on Wednesday his confidence in the company’s ability to execute a smooth transition between production of the current 777 line and the 777X around the turn of the decade. Now delivering 8.3 of its flagship widebodies a month, Boeing expects some “feathering” of production once it approaches the point at which it fully integrates the 777X, said McNerney.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a number of recommendations to the FAA on April 2 related to flare cueing issues on the Boeing MD-11. The Board said the airliner made 13 hard landings between 1994 and 2010. It wants the FAA and Boeing to determine the effectiveness of new systems to assist MD-11 pilots in making timely and appropriate inputs during the landing flare. The NTSB expects to see a formal report to help determine how useful a new system might be.
Part parent company ARC Aerospace Industries recently acquired a majority interest in Maxair Ventures of Tucson, Ariz. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Maxair Ventures will be providing Part with logistical support, along with the remarketing of ARC’s surplus parts inventories. Currently ARC owns parts inventories from Boeing 767s, 757s, 747s and 737s already torn down. This month ARC purchased a Boeing 737-400 and a 767-200 for teardown and parts distribution.
Qatar has announced a raft of orders for new equipment worth around $23 billion, covering vehicles, vessels and aircraft, plus associated systems and weaponry. The announcements were made on March 27, which was the last day of the Dimdex show in Qatar’s capital Doha.
After 14 months of research into the design, manufacture and assembly processes behind the Boeing 787, the FAA, working closely with Boeing’s technical experts, has concluded the aircraft was soundly designed and meets its intended safety level. The FAA determined that the manufacturer and the agency had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification.
Boeing will build the composite wing for the 777X at a new center in Everett, Washington, just north of the existing Everett widebody assembly factory, the company announced Tuesday. Schedules call for the airplane to enter service in 2020.
ST Aerospace (Booth L01) has signed a contract with Shenzhen, China-based cargo carrier SF Airlines for the conversion of five passenger Boeing 757s to freighters. The deal also includes options for the conversion of three more aircraft.