The Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded an $80,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb Increment 1 (SDB 1) technical support. The contractor will provide SDB 1 weapon integration support, including technical support to the designated aircraft System Program Offices testing, upgrades, program management support, and software updates to the SDB 1system required to integrate the SBD 1 weapon system with other weapons systems. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed by June 19, 2019.
The article also said:
The contract with Boeing was structured poorly, providing the company with greater fees for cutting costs than improving quality and reliability. Riki Ellison, who heads the non-profit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, said GMD's problems were due to "misguided" decisions around 2009 to scale back testing, reduce funding and cancel work on a new kill vehicle, the part of the system that hits an enemy missile. The moves were part of the Obama administration's early efforts to reduce tensions with Russia and focus more on regional defense, he said. One senior U.S. official said Pentagon leaders are confident that Syring is taking the steps needed to put the program on track, and put appropriate incentives in place for Boeing. Syring last week told a Senate hearing that MDA had identified the cause of that failure, and would fix all 30 interceptors before year end. Deliveries would resume if the test succeeded, he said.
From the NYC787 site
Boeing is preparing to ramp up the 787 production at Charleston to 3/month from the current 2. This switch should take place in early to mid July. Boeing is currently loading a 787 into Position 1A every 12 to 13 days. They will need to load one every 10 days but the number of available assembly spots to conduct assembly activities has been reduced to 6 from 8 as two positions are undergoing construction (Position 1B and Position 6).
Neither Charleston nor Everett plants have ship/delivery quotas. They do have production quotas.
And so far, they seem to be meeting the production numbers assigned to them.
It designates the planes length. THe -9 is longer than the -8 and the -10 is even longer.
Airlines will order the variation(s) they delire for various routes they intend to fly and how many passengers they wish to carry on each route.
from pr newswire:
VILLAROCHE, France, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, CFM International announced it has successfully initiated ground testing of the first all-new LEAP-1B engine that will exclusively power the Boeing 737 MAX. CFM ran the engine for the first time on June 13, three days ahead of schedule. The LEAP-1B engine, installed in a test cell at Snecma (Safran) facilities in Villaroche, France, successfully completed a series of break-in runs before reaching full take-off thrust. The engine will be on test for the next several weeks, during which time CFM will verify its mechanical operation, operability (stall margin), engine starts and further validate the advanced technologies incorporated in the engine, including the woven carbon fiber composite fan, the Twin-Annular, Pre-Mixing Swirler (TAPS) combustor, ceramic matrix composite shrouds in the high-pressure turbine and the titanium aluminide blades in the low-pressure turbine. The LEAP-1B is specifically optimized for the 737 MAX with a smaller, highly efficient core and benefits from these new technologies.
SEATTLE, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today the placement of several new full-flight simulators that expand capabilities for pilot training globally, while bringing more training closer to where airlines operate.
Two simulators—a Next-Generation 737 and 777—are now ready for training at the Boeing Flight Services Singapore campus. Another 787 Dreamliner simulator has also been placed at the London Gatwick campus where two other 787 simulators are already located. Boeing serves its customers through a global network on six continents, including eight advanced 787 training suites in Miami, London, Singapore and Shanghai.
as of noon (PDT) on Tuesday, BA has delivered 34 planes. 787 deliveries this month total 6 so far,
But there are 2 ready for delivery (1 everett, 1 chaleston) and 26 in pre-flight and flight test,
20 are in Everett and 6 in Charleston. 737 deliveries so far total 26.
End of month totals should easily exceed 60 planes.
SEATTLE, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] today announced Southwest Airlines has selected Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) to enhance operational efficiency in its maintenance and engineering operations.
Southwest Airlines will use Airplane Health Management to collect and evaluate airplane operations data while the airplane is in flight. This real-time data is used to signal ground operations crews of any potential maintenance issues before the airplane lands, minimizing flight schedule disruptions and maintenance-related delays.
EVERETT, Wash., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand.
ISTANBUL, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Turkish Airlines today finalized an order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices. The order follows the announcement in May 2013 when the Turkish flag carrier placed the largest Boeing order in the airline's history for 50 737 MAXs and 20 Next-Generation 737s. With today's announcement, Turkish Airlines has more than 100 unfilled orders for Boeing airplanes; 65 737 MAXs, more than 25 Next-Generation 737s and 20 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The Istanbul-based carrier currently operates a fleet of more than 100 Next-Generation 737s and 15 777-300ERs.
SEATTLE, June 13, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is pleased that China Eastern Airlines has committed to purchase 80 737s, including Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes. When finalized, the order will become China’s largest-ever purchase by an airline for single-aisle airplanes, worth more than $8 billion at current list prices.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $10,236,136 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0200 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) to conduct an engineering change proposal for the 5th and 6th Receiver Channel Wiring in support of the AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radio Detection and Ranging.
SEATTLE, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) Business Jets (BBJ) today announced the order of a BBJ 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane to an undisclosed customer.
"2014 continues to be a positive year for BBJ with strong order activity," said Capt. Steve Taylor, president, Boeing Business Jets. "Customers are showing strong interest in our wide-body VIP products and the BBJ 777-300ER is an airplane that really provides unmatched comfort and range on long-haul flights."
This is the second widebody order for BBJ this year, further demonstrating Boeing's dominance in the widebody VIP market. Since BBJ introduced the 747-8 and 787 in 2006, widebody airplanes have accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total net orders for BBJ airplanes.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 9, 2014 – The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are a step closer to enhancing Mexico’s mobile communications capabilities for government applications with the completion of the second Mexsat 702HP (high power) geomobile satellite.
The satellite – Morelos-3 – will join Centenario, the first Mexsat 702HP satellite, in storage awaiting launch. Together with the two Mexsat ground stations, the satellites form the Mexsat mobile communications system.
Airbus has delivered 248 new planes thru May in 2014, compared with 271 Boeing deliveries. Of these planes, Airbus counts 196 single-aisle planes while Boeing’s single-aisle deliveries total 193.