We continue to watch the three ongoing flight test programs with great interest. All three programs are showing progress. We will first deal with the three programs and then with each separately. Continue reading
The Boeing 787 is one of two aircraft (the other being the Airbus A380) that attracts media attention every time there is an “event”, be it positive or negative. Should anything unusual happen during a flight by a 787, it will likely be the focus of media coverage. While both aircraft are special in their own way, this newsletter will focus on the 787, its ramp-up, decline and recovery.
Alaska Airlines is something of an airline enigma in the US market. It has been independent since its creation. Yet it has relationships with many airlines. Alaska has been in business for over 80 years.
Alaska is the seventh-largest U.S. airline based on passenger traffic and is the dominant U.S. West Coast air carrier. Its location in Seattle and Alaska have made the airline something of a bright spot for larger airlines focused on the lower 48 states. But Alaska’s footprint stretches far beyond its Seattle base. The airline has partnerships with many international airlines.
Delta Air Lines is about 90 years old and is one of the world’s mega carriers. The table shows a few key comparative data points.
Airbus is building hours on the A350 flight test program at a remarkable rate. We estimate that by month end, the program will be around 45% of its test hours in approximately 40% of the test schedule. The test program is going exceptionally well. It is certainly the best flight test program of the latest generation of aircraft.
There are four test aircraft flying now so we can expect the necessary hours to accelerate considerably. Continue reading
There is an increasing amount of news flow on the question of the replacement for the 757. Aviation Week’s Guy Norris put out a good story on the challenges this process has to go through. Of course the decision on replacing the 757 is not easy given the changes in the market as well as the evolving competition. Guy shares his thoughts with us.