Boeing will modify United Airlines’ 777 fleet with a performance enhancement performance package designed to result in greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, the manufacturer and United Continental Holdings announced today.
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Air China became the third airline to commit to the passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 since the launch of the program in 2005 with the signature of an “agreement” covering five 747-8 Intercontinentals. The agreement remains contingent on Chinese government approval, at which time Boeing will post the contract in its firm order book.
Boeing plans to fly the 747-8 Intercontinental for the first time next month, in time for certification and initial deliveries in the fourth quarter.
The single-aisle and widebody bizliner completion business is gaining traction on a global scale, and with new-aircraft sales by Airbus and Boeing on the rise, available slots for the highly specialized task of outfitting these large private aircraft could fill quickly, leaving some owners with a green airplane and no place to have it completed.
Boeing has shifted its schedule for the 747-8 Freighter to reflect an expected first delivery some time near the middle of next year, the company announced this morning. The company also announced plans to add a fifth airplane to the flight-test fleet to support the new schedule.
Boeing hasn’t finished inspecting parts of the tail sections of flight-test and production 787 Dreamliners, several weeks after the Chicago-based aerospace giant identified some “workmanship issues” attributed to the supplier of the 787’s horizontal stabilizer, Italy’s Alenia.
Boeing has chosen North Charleston, S.C., as the location for its new 787 Dreamliner interiors fabrication facility, the company announced today. Boeing said it will buy land from Stone Mountain Industrial Park and begin construction in the fourth quarter of this year.
When Boeing CEO Jim McNerney early this month referred to the Bombardier C Series as one of a class of “regional jets that are getting a little bigger,” executives at the Canadian company might have taken offense. After all, since the launch of the program, Bombardier has spent untold marketing resources positioning the airplane as a mainline jet, capable of flying from Denver to either coast of the U.S.
Boeing announced yesterday that it received expanded type inspection authorization (TIA) from the FAA for the 747-8 Freighter on June 11, clearing the way for FAA personnel to participate in test flights and collect required data.
Boeing has begun assembling the fuselage of the first 747-8 Intercontinental at its factory in Everett, Wash., the company announced today. Mechanics loaded panels for the 31-foot, 8-inch long front section of the new airplane into the assembly tool.