Boeing mechanics last Friday completed the installation of the new General Electric GEnx-2B engines on the first 747-8 Freighter in final assembly at the factory in Everett, Wash., the company announced today.
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As Boeing’s Randy Tinseth related in his August 24 blog, the company’s employees “continued to keep [their] heads down” while the world’s media–press and bloggers alike–speculated on when the company would decide to fly the now more than two-year-delayed 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing announced today that it expects the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner to occur by the end of this year and first delivery in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Boeing announced today that it plans to change the name of its Alteon training organization to Boeing Training & Flight Services in a phased transition across the organization’s global network “in the months ahead.”
Boeing announced today that it has assembled the major sections of the first 747-8 Freighter this week, as mechanics at the factory in Everett, Wash., loaded the forward and aft fuselage sections to join with the wing and center section. Schedules call for first flight of the latest 747 by the end of the year.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes has begun to study the possibility of fitting the 777 with a redesigned wing in an effort to more effectively compete against the Airbus A350XWB-1000. Although BCA chief executive Scott Carson said at this month’s Paris Air Show that “nothing is decided,” a re-winged 777 could offer an alternative to the still un-launched 787-10, the so-called double stretch of the baseline 787-8.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes has begun to study the possibility of redesigning the wing on the 777 in an effort to more effectively compete against the Airbus A350XWB-1000.
Boeing Business Jet (Booth No. 7051) expanded its product line of ultra-large business jets with modifications targeted at the smallest and largest of its models–“smallest” being relative only to airliner-size business aircraft.
Boeing’s net order count for this year has returned to negative territory with the loss of another order for twenty five 787s. The cancellation, posted today on the Chicago-based company’s Orders and Deliveries web site, brings Boeing’s net order tally to negative-one and raises the number of lost orders for 787s to 57 airplanes.
By early in the year it seemed obvious to all but the OEMs themselves that significant production rate cuts would have to happen, but it would take until this month before Boeing would reach the same conclusion, as the company announced that it would curb output of its 777 line by around 29 percent starting next J