Boeing

February 17, 2008 - 10:07pm
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A computer-generated skeletal view of a military transport closely resembling the Boeing C-17 appeared in a promotional video released last year by Aviation Industries of China (AVIC). Coincidentally–or not–the FBI last week arrested a former Boeing engineer and charged him with passing trade secrets on the C-17 to China.

February 17, 2008 - 6:14pm

Boeing has embarked on a series of important initiatives–including a joint-venture proposal–that strengthens its ties with India. In the process, the company is hoping to become what Boeing India’s president, Ian Thomas, described as “India’s preferred aerospace and defense partner and provider.” Boeing currently is competing with five of the world’s major fighter manufacturers for a 126-aircraft order from the Indian Air Force.

February 17, 2008 - 6:00pm

Airbus’ Power8 restructuring program has so far done what its designers intended it to do at its inception in February 2007, achieving a reduction in overhead and costs while finding partners for the aerostructures sites the company wants to sell, according to Airbus president and chief executive officer Tom Enders. “Power8 is not only a cost-cutting program.

February 11, 2008 - 11:55am

Airbus continues to consider stretched, longer-range and cargo versions of its A380 very large airliner, but is no longer studying shortbody or combination passenger/cargo variants, according to Richard Carcaillet, head of A380 marketing.

February 11, 2008 - 11:29am

Japan expects to receive its first pair of KC-767 tankers by the end of this year’s first quarter as the controversial and much-maligned program’s development schedule at last appears firmly established.

February 11, 2008 - 11:00am

The meteoric development of India’s airline industry continues unabated as Air India extends its nonstop network to all corners of the globe with Boeing’s longest-range airliner. On February 8, Air India placed its fourth 777-200LR on a new direct route between Delhi and New York JFK Airport, and expected the imminent arrival of airplane No. 5 as we approached the start of this year’s Singapore show.

February 11, 2008 - 10:20am

Indonesia’s Lion Air and India’s SpiceJet have started operating some of the first 737-900ERs to roll off Boeing’s Renton, Washington assembly line. The Asian carriers could well serve as barometers of the type’s value within the low-fare markets expected to account for so much of the region’s airline growth. Early accounts suggest the new twinjet has met expectations and more.

February 6, 2008 - 10:27am

Charter firm PrivatAir has converted one of its two options into an order for a $162 million VIP Boeing 787-8. As a result of this conversion, PrivatAir now has two executive 787s on firm order and holds an option on one more. The charter company said the VIP 787s will help it meet increasing customer demand for long-range, large-cabin business jets.

February 6, 2008 - 10:27am

Charter firm PrivatAir has converted one of its two options into an order for a $162 million VIP Boeing 787-8. As a result of this conversion, PrivatAir now has two executive 787s on firm order and holds an option on one more. The charter company said the VIP 787s will help it meet increasing customer demand for long-range, large-cabin business jets.

January 23, 2008 - 6:55am

The Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) bid submitted by Sukhoi, Ilyushin, Yakovlev and Boeing has won the Russian state tender for development of a new 70- to 80-seat regional jet. Russia’s Rosaviacosmos state agency initiated the tender last summer. The winner will get state funding to cover some research and development, provided the rest comes from commercial sources.

 
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