Few would argue against the proposition that Boeing has and will absorb a serious financial hit from the three years of delays and the unanticipated complications that arose from its attempt at a new approach to supply-chain management with the 787 program.
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Qantas Airways resumed revenue flights today after abruptly shutting down operations on Saturday in an effort to squelch labor unrest among its various work groups. The first flight took off from Sydney to Jakarta at around 3:40 p.m. Sydney time, shortly after the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia issued its authorization on Monday afternoon. The flight stoppage disrupted the travel plans of close to 80,000 Qantas customers.
Oman Air has yet to confirm definitively that it will take delivery of the six Boeing 787s it had agreed to lease from Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALFACO). The Arabian Gulf carrier continues negotiations with Boeing over demands for compensation that it wants for delays in the delivery schedule for the new widebody.
Beijing is the location of a new Boeing service center dedicated to providing product support for China’s growing commercial aviation industry. The new center consists of specialists in flight operations, spare parts and maintenance engineering dedicated to serving airlines in China.
Qantas and Airbus have converted a tentative commitment signed in August to firm orders for 78 A320neos and 32 standard A320s, the European manufacturer announced today. The deal for 110 A320-family aircraft ranks as the largest single order in Australian aviation history in terms of units, said Airbus.
The first Boeing 787 landed early Wednesday morning at Tokyo Haneda Airport carrying All Nippon Airways CEO Shinichiro Ito, following his appearance at the September 26 first delivery ceremony in Everett, Wash.
Airliner fleet replacement in mature markets, along with dynamic growth in emerging economies and strong continued business in established North American and European economies, are the principal factors driving 20-year requirements for new equipment.
Boeing didn’t have to contrive any sense of jubilation today in rain-soaked Everett, Wash., as it delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Japan’s All Nippon Airways. It staged the event after three years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns on a complex program that at times appeared to have tested the U.S. airframer to the limit.
Boeing predicts the Asia-Pacific region will require more than 400,000 new commercial airline pilots and technicians over the next 20 years to support airline fleet modernization and the rapid growth of air travel. The 2011 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook calls for 182,300 new pilots and 247,400 new technicians in the Asia-Pacific region through 2030.
June traffic statistics released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed a slight softening in demand for both air travel and freight markets. Compared with June 2010, passenger demand increased 4.4 percent while freight demand declined by 3 percent.