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July 25, 2024
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Today’s key stories about Boeing include the Wall St. Journal speculating about Embraer planning a new plane to compete with the 787. This is something we touched upon in February, and I’ve linked our older story as well.

Spirit AeroSystems is indicating that it may have a solution to building fuselages that meet Boeing’s specifications. It remains to be seen whether those plans can be successfully carried out given Boeing’s constraints placed on it by the FAA.

The impact of Boeing’s problems are being felt, from American Airlines cancelling three routes from its Dallas hub to lessor DAE expecting on half of its promised aircraft in 2024.

Links to today’s key stories follow:

  • A key Boeing supplier is teasing a solution to its production woes – Quartz
  • Embraer denies it’s planning a new plane to rival the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 – Simple Flying
  • Brazil’s Embraer plots a new 737-sized jet to rival Boeing – WSJ
  • Should Embraer join the Airbus-Boeing duopoly? – AirInsight
  • As Boeing struggles, Embraer considers entry into narrow-body market – Benzinga
  • American Airlines cuts 3 routes at DFW airport because of Boeing shortage – KDFW Fox 4
  • Aircraft lessor DAE set to receive half of promised Boeing planes this year – Investing.com
  • Boeing Starliner is just days away from its first human test flight – Inverse

The Bottom Line
Given all of the recent quality concerns about Boeing, the first human test flight of the Boeing Starliner capsule is scheduled for Monday. Given previous delays and failures, combined with Boeing seeming to be incapable of delivering high quality aircraft, I’m not certain that I would want to be once of the first astronauts to test the capsule. We certainly hope everything goes well and all return safe and sound, and that the United States of America can re-gain momentum in the manned space-launch business. This will be another highly publicized and telling moment for Boeing, who can’t afford a highly visible failure.  The pressure is on, full steam ahead.

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Ernest Arvai
President AirInsight Group LLC

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