Boeing’s announcement of the 787 Dreamliner’s type certification came with hesitant responses about further schedules or dates from both the company’s CEO of commercial airplanes and the head of the 787 program.
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The Boeing 747-8F Freighter gained FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification last Friday, paving the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month. “Over the last several years, this team has overcome challenge after challenge,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing received FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification today for the new 747-8F Freighter. The FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate, while the EASA also granted the company an ATC for the airplane. Certification of the 747-8F paves the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month.
It seemed to take an order of epic magnitude, but Boeing finally appears ready to launch a re-engined version of the 737NG. Those in favor of the approach all along can thank American Airlines and, by extension, Airbus, for finally convincing Boeing to jump off the proverbial fence.
Last month’s Paris Air Show saw Airbus leapfrog its goal of extending the number of orders and commitments for the new A320neo airliner to at least 500 units, by taking the tally to date to 1,029. But none of this was enough to nudge Boeing to declare its hand in the contest to fill airline appetites for new-generation narrowbodies.
Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica will now serve as a “second source” of the composite horizontal stabilizer for the Boeing 787-9 under a plan to move primary responsibility for the component to Boeing’s Advanced Development Center in Seattle. Under a new contract Boeing recently signed with Alenia, the Italian manufacturer will lose its position as prime contractor for the component starting in 2013, according to a Boeing statement.
Jet Aviation has signed another BBJ2 cabin completion contract with an unidentified customer, even as the Basel, Switzerland-based center gears up to meet growing demand for single-aisle and twin-aisle airliner reconfigurations.
Boeing today celebrated the opening of a new 787 vertical-fin assembly line at its production facility in Salt Lake City. Operated by Boeing Fabrication, the site will construct the composite, vertical-fin assemblies for 787 Dreamliners built at Boeing’s new plant in Charleston, S.C. The company expects to start production in Charleston next month.
Boeing will help provide customer support for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet under the terms of a 10-year contract announced in Paris last week between the U.S. aerospace giant and Mitsubishi Aircraft.
United Continental Holdings has ordered blended winglets for its Boeing 767-300ERs from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) of Seattle, Washington. With the order, the U.S. airline group becomes the largest single customer of APB, having ordered 375 Blended Winglet systems to date.