With Chinese customers having expressed a clear preference for larger private aircraft, it is little wonder that Boeing Business Jets has proved popular in greater China. Of the 10 BBJs sold so far, four are already in service–two with DeerJet in mainland China, one with MetroJet in Hong Kong and another with a private owner in Taiwan.
Boeing has decided to move production of the 787-9 horizontal stabilizer from its development center in Seattle to Boeing Salt Lake City and Italy’s Alenia, the company announced yesterday during a stop on the 787 “Dream Tour” in Salt Lake City. Plans call for work to begin in Salt Lake City late this year and delivery of the first example during next year’s first quarter.
A busy news cycle for Boeing climaxed last Tuesday with the company’s first so-called collaborative agreement with China’s Comac, under which the would-be rivals agreed to create an aviation energy conservation emissions reduction technology center in Beijing.
Maintenance management software developer Mxi Technologies has signed a long-term agreement with Boeing as a key partner in the ongoing support and delivery of Boeing’s GoldCare program. Mxi Technologies has been a key integration partner for Boeing’s GoldCare aftermarket service by providing the Maintenix software as the core of Boeing’s platform combining onboard airframe systems, technical documentation, full MRO capability and Boeing supply chain. First developed for the 787 Dreamliner, the platform is now offered on other Boeings.
Boeing has increased the final assembly production rate on the 787 Dreamliner from 2.5 to 3.5 per month in Everett, Washington, a Boeing spokesman Monday. The rate increase took effect on March 1.
“Elements of the supply chain are already moving toward subsequent rate breaks in the future,” said the spokesman.
Southeast Asia, rather than the behemoth economies of China and India, provided the bulk of the sales impetus for the 2012 Singapore Airshow. More specifically, it was from Singapore’s neighbor Indonesia that the latest wave of airline fleet modernization came when Lion Air confirmed a massive order for 201 of Boeing’s new 737Max-9 narrowbodies, plus 29 of the existing 737-900ERs.
Boeing plans to start the fourth segment of its so-called 787 Dream Tour on March 1, as Dreamliner ZA003 visits the first of eight cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico before heading to the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, Chile, in late March.
The all-composite wing box of Russia’s next-generation Irkut MC-21 narrowbody jetliner is back in testing, according to the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) near Moscow.
With its Trent 1000 engines finally in commercial service on the delayed Boeing 787 platform, Rolls-Royce is stepping up efforts to advance further applications of the powerplant. It has started development of the Trent 1000C1 engine, also known as Pac C, that will be able to manage higher loads necessitated by the -9 aircraft’s changed wing and thrust profiles. “It delivers 74,000 pounds of thrust at economic performance levels,” reported Trent 1000 project manager Simon Carlisle in a pre-show briefing.
Singapore Airlines’ latest low-cost venture–Scoot–is evaluating Boeing 787s and Airbus A350XWBs as it plans to more than triple its fleet to 14 aircraft by 2015. The medium- to long-haul carrier will launch services in June with four Boeing 777-200s acquired from its parent, SIA.