Archive For October 30, 2012

Pressure is on Boeing for 787

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The pressure is on Boeing for its 787—and we mean this in a good way. After years of a program in disarray, Boeing is now delivering new-production aircraft and some of those that have littered the Everett Paine Field taxiways and ramps for the last four years. Related posts: Will there be a shortage of…

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Airbus Opens its A350XWB FAL

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This week we had the opportunity to visit the A350XWB FAL inauguration. The event was well attended by French politicians.  After all the FAL will employ a large number of skilled people in France.  Program boss Didier Evrard said the program currently has some 15,000 people involved throughout the supply chain and this number will…

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A350 tail gets a paint job

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A350 tail gets a paint job






Airbus released this image today of the first A350 vertical tail. It is 10 meters tall and is the first part of the A350 MSN1 to be painted.  The device is made from composites in Stade near Hamburg.  The A350 tail will connect to the fuselage in a different way than other tails, Airbus is…

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Podcast – CSeries facing a tightening timeline

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Rob Dewar, VP & GM CSeries Program, spoke with us today about the tightening timeline the program is facing. Although this is not big news, he shares that the program has seen significant benefits from its investments in its CIASTA – they have been able to accumulate ten times the flight hours that a typical…

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American Airlines’ Pilots Want a Merger “Tomorrow”

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We had a chance to speak Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, and also a 21 year veteran pilot at American.  The conversation quickly moved into a review of the Chapter 11 situation plus its origins.  While the conversation is the view from organized labor, with its attendant bias, one is left…

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Interjet’s SSJ arrives in Venice

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Interjet’s SSJ arrives in Venice






The first western operated SSJ has arrived in Venice for completion.  The airplane is destined for delivery to Mexican airline, Interjet in March 2013.   This is an important milestone for both Sukhoi and SuperJet International.  To date the airplane has been operated in the CIS and the performance information has been influenced by where the…

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