EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 8, 2014 -- The accuracy of the Global Positioning System (GPS) has been improved with the recent handover of a fifth Boeing [NYSE: BA] GPS IIF satellite to the U.S. Air Force. The newest addition to the GPS constellation increases the precision of position, navigation and timing data sent to users around the world.
The satellite was launched Feb. 20. The Air Force, which operates the GPS system, and Boeing have now completed deployment and validation of the spacecraft's systems, stabilizing the vehicle and activating its navigation payload.
"As each GPS IIF joins the fleet, we are sustaining and modernizing the constellation for years to come," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Space and Intelligence Systems. "With this latest successful handover, Boeing is maintaining a robust operating rhythm this year to support the GPS program."
Boeing is preparing the next GPS IIF satellite – the sixth of 12 – for a second quarter launch. The GPS IIF delivers improved accuracy, greater security and anti-jam capabilities while maintaining baseline legacy GPS performance
SEATTLE, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced it is centralizing customer support for in-service airplanes at its Boeing Commercial Airplanes Engineering Design Center in Southern California, as the company continues to focus on increasing competitiveness while enabling continued growth of the global airline industry. "At the same time, we will focus our team in the Puget Sound area on helping customers introduce new airplanes – the 787 Dreamliner, the 737 MAX and the 777X – into their fleets," Thompson added. "We are committed to making this transition seamless to our customers." In May 2013, Boeing established engineering design centers in South Carolina, Southern California and Washington state to add engineering capability and capacity as the company scales up to meet unprecedented demand for commercial airplanes and services. At that time, Boeing announced that support for out-of-production airplanes would be based at the Southern California center. Boeing continues to assess current and future work statement for each design center based on capability, capacity, competitiveness and optimization of the Boeing enterprise. Customer support for the 707, 717, 727, 757, DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-11 and MD-80/-90 models currently is based in Southern California. Customer support for the Next-Generation 737, 747, 767 and 777 models, as well as commercial product support for the KC-46 Tanker and P-8, will transition from Washington to California by the end of 2015. Of the affected employees in Washington, many will be offered positions with other programs in the Puget Sound area. In addition, employees will have opportunities to apply for new positions in California.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $6,632,674 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-10-C-0491) for eight Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System - Depot (RTCASS-D) conversion kits. These kits include the hardware and software required to convert eight base configuration RTCASS stations into RTCASS-D configurations, RTCASS-D specific test program sets development training, and the development and integration of eight high speed sub-system ancillary sets. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in August 2015. Fiscal 2012, 2013, and 2014 aircraft procurement, Navy funds in the amount of $6,632,674 will be obligated on this award, $1,704,605 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.
Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded an $8,857,000 modification (P00008) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for a CH-47F cargo helicopter multiyear II contract modification to provide additional production lot 13 long lead funding and additional production lot 12 over and above funding. Other procurement funds in the amount of $7,842,000 (fiscal 2014), $386,000 (fiscal 2012) and $629,000 (fiscal 2011) were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2020.
ST. LOUIS, April 8, 2014 – After a series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy last month certified that the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. That is another step toward providing warfighters with more options to deploy the versatile vehicle. The tests included form-fit checks, pressure tests and structural evaluations exceeding four G-forces. "This certification validates Phantom Badger's versatile design while offering the warfighter increased battlefield access and deployment options," said John Chicoli, program manager for Boeing's internally transportable vehicle program. "Phantom Badger is designed to easily fit in the compact space of the V-22 and it is also compatible with many larger aircraft." Ten Phantom Badgers fit in a C-17 transport aircraft and two fit in a C-130 aircraft or CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Phantom Badger has completed more than 5,000 miles of rugged terrain durability testing and successful airdrop tests from a C-17.
United’s Los Angeles-Melbourne flight, scheduled to begin service Oct. 26, would travel 7,927 miles, currently the longest plan route to be operated by the 787 family. The flight would operate six days a week. United’s San Francisco-Chengdu flight, scheduled to begin service June 9, would not only be the first non-stop flight ever from the U.S. to Chengdu, but also would be the longest 787 flight to operate non-stop in both directions, at least until the Melbourne flight begins. The route is 6,857 miles. The flight would operate three times a week, pending government approval. Currently, the two longest 787 flights are operated by Ethiopian Airlines, but both stop in Rome on westbound routes from Addis Ababa to Washington and Toronto. Addis-Washington is 7,182 miles, while Addis-Toronto is 7,143 miles.
In March Boeing delivered 10 787s of these 6 of them were in the batch that had been identified as needing wing inspections and possible repairs. This suggests that not all the 787 in the batch which includes LN 151 to LN 193 inclusive may have the sing issues. Future deliveries may not be hurt as much as was feared due to this issue. Notable deliveries were made to Kenya Airways, 2 each to Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways as well as deliveries to Royal Brunei, Aeromexico, Norwegian, United Airlines, and Air India (the first 787 assembled for them). So far so good. However, Boeing needs to maintain a delivery rate of 10/month in order to meet their guidance of 100-110 787 deliveries in 2014. They were hurt by low deliveries in February where the expectation was to be a significantly higher delivery rate compared to the 4 that were actually handed over.
Production seems to have moved back to a regular pace since the travelled work issues forced Boeing to extend the amount of time that each airframe was spent in final assembly. At the start of the year air frames were spending 34 days in final assembly. This grew to as many as 42 days but now looks to be trending down. The last aircraft to be rolled out, ZA136 (LN 179) for ANA spent 37 days in final assembly. Boeing expects to be over the travelled work issues by the time LN 195 is loaded into Position 1A sometime next Friday. According to sources, the travelled work has greatly improved thus I do expect that by May Boeing will have stabilized the production system for the 787. They are are still building at a rate of 10/month according to my data.
The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded an $18,962,520 modification (0307) to contract W58RGZ-04-G-0023 to integrate improved drive train development with the Block II system level engineering effort being conducted under the Block II Aircraft Component Improvement Program supporting the CH-47 aircraft. Fiscal 2014 research, development, testing, and evaluation funds in the amount of $18,962,520 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is May 29, 2015.
EVERETT, Wash., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Kenya Airways celebrated the delivery and flyaway today of the Kenyan flag carrier's first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett for a 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) nonstop flight to Kenya Airways' home base in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The 787 will form the backbone of the airline's future long-haul fleet, providing greater range, improved efficiencies and outstanding passenger comfort.
Boeing Co. (BA) is building Guam’s first solar plant, which will help the Pacific island generate electricity more cheaply than from the imported fuel oil and diesel it currently burns. Boeing, the world’s largest plane maker, is handling engineering, procurement and construction of the 25-megawatt project for the plant’s owner, Princeton, New Jersey-based Inc., NRG spokesman Jeff Holland said in an e-mail. The solar plant is expected to save Guam, a Pacific U.S. territory, $300 million in fuel costs and will produce power at the lowest cost on average than any other generation source on the island at present, according to NRG. The Dandan project will provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes annually, according to Unirac Inc., which is supplying a steel mounting system. The plant’s electricity will be sold to Guam Power Authority under two 25-year contracts, NRG said in a July statement when it acquired the project from Quantum Utility Generation LLC.
haven't seen anything on the web.
The boeing plant had some drug problems a few years ago but nothing recent.
BA does have other facilities which can do the work and Philly is not the best environment.
SEATTLE, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced the launch of the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) MAX family of airplanes after receiving the first order from an undisclosed customer. The order is for a BBJ MAX 8, which is based on the 737 MAX 8 and the newest business jet to join the BBJ family.
BBJ is the market leader in the large cabin, ultra-long-range business jet market and the new BBJ MAX will extend that advantage. With new CFM International LEAP-1B engines and other aerodynamic improvements including Advanced Technology winglets, the 737 MAX will provide a 14 percent fuel-use improvement compared to today's most efficient single-aisle airplanes. The fuel-use improvement is even greater at longer ranges typically flown by BBJ customers. The BBJ MAX 8 will have a range of 6,325 nautical miles (11,713 km), an increase of more than 800 nautical miles (1,482 km) over the BBJ2. It will share the same cabin size with today's BBJ2, offering customers a 19-foot (5.8 meter) longer cabin and three times the cargo space of today's BBJ, while improving on its market-leading range capability and maintaining the BBJ advantages of lower cabin altitude, unmatched reliability and outstanding product support around the globe. The BBJ continues to be the leading choice for businesses, corporations and private owners. The new BBJ family also will include the BBJ MAX 9, based on the 737 MAX 9, and is expected to offer a 6,255 nautical mile (11,584 km) range with an even larger cabin than the BBJ MAX 8. Plans for a BBJ MAX 7 are still being studied.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a maximum $80,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, for Joint Direct Attack Munitions technical support for studies and analysis, product improvement, upgrades, integration (including, but not limited to, software integration, aircraft integration, and associated hardware) and testing. Work will be performed in Missouri with an expected completion date of March 31, 2019. Fiscal 2014 Air Force procurement funds in the amount of $4,141,039 and fiscal 2014 Navy operations and maintenance funds in amount $145,000 will be obligated at time of award.
Last Quarter BA had 1.68 EPS and 23.8B in Revenue.
Q1 2014 expecations (average) appear to be 1.57 EPS on 20.81B of revenue,
Q1 tends to be lower than quarters later in the year so that may be part of the lower expectations as well as costs associated with the pension shift to 401K.
If they can perform for the rest of the year the way they have in the first quarter, 200 may be the low end of the range.
SEATTLE, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Air Canada have finalized an order for 61 737 MAX airplanes to lead the airline's single-aisle fleet renewal plan. The order, valued at $6.5 billion at list prices, consists of 33 737 MAX 8s and 28 737 MAX 9s, as well as 18 options and 30 rights to purchase additional 737 MAXs.