SMITHFIELD, Pa. Jan. 13, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its Argon ST subsidiary, will provide the U.S. Navy with five additional AN/SLQ-25C surface ship torpedo defense systems, continuing more than two decades of helping protect ships and sailors around the world.
Known as “Nixie”, the system lures torpedoes away from intended targets by mimicking a ship’s acoustic signature. It is currently installed on all U.S. Navy combatant ships and the vessels of more than 20 other naval forces.
“For more than 20 years, Nixie has provided sailors with protection and peace-of-mind, and this contract ensures our partnership with the U.S. Navy will continue to grow,” said Mark Bock, director of Maritime Defensive Systems at Argon ST. “With a new, state-of-the art, streamlined production line for the towed body component, we continue to maximize Nixie’s capability and affordability for our global customers.”
Argon ST is the sole contractor for the design, development and manufacture of this electro-acoustic decoy system. Work under the $6.5 million contract, will be done in Lemont Furnace and Smithfield, Pa.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a maximum $15,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft horizontal stabilizers. This was a sole-source acquisition. This is a one-year base contract. Location of performance is Missouri with a December 2016 performance completion date. The using military service is the Navy.
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 12, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered a maintenance training system to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) that will help prepare technicians to keep the RCAF’s CH-147F Chinook helicopters mission ready.
The Chinook Maintenance Trainer includes a complete airframe and an interactive display system that allow the technicians to gain experience addressing a number of scenarios. Boeing also delivered six training aids focused on specific items including aircraft wiring and fuel tank maintenance.
NYC787 site says BA is shooting for 138 787 deliveries in 2015. While that is a high number given the recent performance in both Everett and Charleston, there are some steps that are being automated which should help reduce travelled work and increase output. There are 12 scheduled for delivery in January and 13 in February, It would be nice if they can add 15 or 16 in March.
From UK press:
Boeing has completed production of the world's first all electric propulsion satellites which are scheduled to go into orbit stacked on a single rocket next month. The satellites are affordable and lightweight and provide more options for movement to different orbital positions,
Jan. 9, 2014 - The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a maximum $12,053,306 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft horizontal stabilizer units. This is a sole-source acquisition. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $24,136,782 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0009 under previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00383-11-G-001H) for the repair of various parts in support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will performed at the Avionics Repair Facility,
Jan 8,2015 -The Boeing Co., Directed Energy & Strategic Systems Div., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has been awarded a $51,164,866 cost plus award-fee contract for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) guidance subsystem support. The contractor will provide sustaining engineering support and program management support services for the ICBM guidance subsystem. The primary focus will be to ensure any modifications or changes to the guidance system will maintain and/or improve system-level performance.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a maximum $12,053,306 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft horizontal stabilizer units. This is a sole-source acquisition.
While there has been some flight activity in Everett and Charleston, there have only been two commercial deliveries in the first week of January. There was a defense delivery of another upgraded flight simulator
for the F22 according to the BA site news release. Things should begin to pick up next week. Charleston has been loading 787's on schedule and about 22 planes are in Flight and preflight at the two 787 plants.
Pretty cold here on the cape. I'm glad the oil prices are low.
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (BA) and Azerbaijan-based airline Silk Way West announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes.
When finalized, the contract will be valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. The order will be posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.
Silk Way West is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.
The 747-8 Freighter has no competitors, providing cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. The 747-8 Freighter offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400, while keeping its iconic nose door.
Targeted Date: Jan. 10, 2015 -- 4:47 a.m. Eastern
Mission: Fifth SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services Flight with Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (SpaceX CRS-5)
Description: Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SpaceX CRS-5 will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The remaining age-discrimination claims against Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems were tossed out by a federal judge on Wednesday, a major blow to a lawsuit that's spanned nine years.
When Boeing sold its commercial aircraft operations in Wichita to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems in 2005, 90 former Boeing workers claimed they lost their jobs because of their age.
In a scathing decision, U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said he was dismissing the claims of the remaining 26 plaintiffs as a sanction for their refusal to obey a court order that they give their tax returns to the companies. The judge also chided their attorney for choosing "not to even attend" a hearing on the companies' request to summarily rule in their favor.
"This inaction exemplifies a pattern of nonparticipation that leads the Court to find that a lesser sanction would not deter further noncompliance," Melgren wrote.
The decision is a final judgment with prejudice, meaning that if it stands, the workers would not be able to file another lawsuit over the same claims
I suspect that lower fuel prices may be a good thing for the plane makers. Reduced fuel costs are not being matched by a reduction in air fares so far. So airlines are making more money which makes paying for the planes less painful. Couple that with more fuel efficiency of the new planes saving more cash, and it can be a positive. And these low fuel costs wont last. It will probably start ticking back up by the fall of this year.
SEATTLE, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for four 777 Freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional airplanes, which when exercised will bring the combined value to $2.46 billion.
Qatar Airways first announced an intent to order the four 777 Freighters at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow.
SEATTLE, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air New Zealand have finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. The order, booked in 2014, comes six months after Air New Zealand celebrated the first 787-9 delivery in July.
"The entry into service program has gone very smoothly and we've been incredibly pleased with the aircraft's performance," said Christopher Luxon, chief executive officer, Air New Zealand. "These new 787-9 Dreamliners will provide us with additional flexibility as we move forward with our growth plans."
This order will eventually increase the airline's fleet to a total of 12 787-9s, which will operate alongside 15 777-200ERs (Extended Range) and 777-300ERs.
723 planes, higher end of the 715-725 range that they forecasted earlier.
196 planes for Q4.
76 planes for December.
Should beat earning expectations again.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $6,852,896 modification (P00006) to previously awarded contract FA8119-12-D-0009 for B-1 parts and maintenance.
620 AM EST. NASA TV will cover it live. Once the rocket puts the capsule in obit, it will hopefully come down and land vertically tail first on a specially designed barge just offshore. If the launch is delayed, the next launch window is January 9.