March 8 (Reuters) - United Airlines said it would buy 25 single-aisle aircraft from Boeing Co in addition to the 40 it had ordered earlier. The company will also convert a previous order for 27 Boeing 787 aircraft into an order for four 777-300ERs and five 787-9s. The delivery of the earlier order was expected from 2020 and the new order will be delivered from 2017 onwards.
In 2014, Boeing signed an agreement with South Africa’s Paramount Group. The focus of the agreement was on military related projects. At the time there were various Paramount items that attracted attention, but it seemed Boeing was looking at the AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) with special interest.
It now emerges that Boeing and Paramount will indeed collaborate on this aircraft. Boeing will provide advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and weapons systems for Paramount’s Mwari (the renamed AHRLAC pictured) the companies announced.
It would appear that the 787 could have a banner delivery month in March.
NYC787 site shows one has been delivered this month and 15 more have March deliver dates.
If they pull that off it will be significant.
First flights of 737's are increasing. That is a good sign.
South Carolina has been flying test flights on both Saturday and Sunday. Planes are coming out of the plant on Schedule and going into flight test with little preflight prep.
787-9 production increasing.
BA site reported 56 deliveries in February so reporting sites missed the mark again.
March is off to a slow start with only 5 deliveries in the first 4 days. They entered the month 19 planes short
of the average to reach low end target for the year. On the plus side, they have 2 737MAX planes flying test flights and a USAF new 767 tanker has taken its first flight. If they met the production schedule on 737's of 42 a month in January and February, they had 5 that await delivery and should have 4 more added since the first of march. If we don't see an improvement in the delivery count of total planes this month, it is going to be rough road ahead. Cancellations don't concern me (yet) since they get cancellation $ charges and the delivery schedule can be accelerated to existing customers. But if the delivery rates continue to be below plan, the stock price will suffer.
SpaceX finally launched the Boeing built satellite into orbit into a geostationary orbit over south east Asia.
It is a telecommunications satellite (wink, wink).
Boeing – Defense Space & Security, Huntington Beach, California, was awarded an $18,405,995 firm-fixed-price contract with options for DO-160G Tri-band radomes and mounting rings, and installation and integration on C-17A aircraft.
From Fortune: Iran has invited U.S. plane maker Boeing to Tehran to discuss purchasing jetliners aimed at revamping its aging fleet hit by decades of sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, state TV reported on Friday.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $9,085,765 modification to exercise an option to a delivery order, which was previously issued against a basic ordering agreement. This option provides for two flight critical engineering change proposals that will address fracture critical and maintenance critical areas in support of the F/A-18A-D service life extension program (Phase C2).
Airbus Group SE said a new version of the A380 superjumbo is unlikely to enter the market until the mid-2020s as the double-decker jetliner’s biggest operator, Emirates Airline, struggles with limits on flights from its home market. Emirates has pressed Airbus to develop a re-engined model of the world’s biggest passenger plane, the backbone of its international fleet, promising an eye-popping order as reward. That initiative for the so-called Neo appears to be stalling as the largest international carrier faces capacity constraints at Dubai International airport, John Leahy, the European manufacturer’s chief operating officer, said in an interview at Istat’s annual conference outside Phoenix.
“They’re not in a position to go ahead, and if they’re not in a position to go ahead with A380neo, we certainly aren’t,” said Leahy, who is also Airbus’s chief salesman. “They would be a key launch customer.”
20 years ago 11 million people worked on farms. Today it is 3 million and they produce 3 times as much. Why? Automation. Factories have embraced automation as well. Grocery stores now have self checkout. Wall street has less than half the workers now that has been automated. And this is just the beginning.
Nearly 20,000 Bay State Democrats have fled the party this winter, with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks, according to the state’s top elections official.
Secretary of State William Galvin said more than 16,300 Democrats have shed their party affiliation and become independent voters since Jan. 1, while nearly 3,500 more shifted to the MassGOP ahead of tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” presidential primary.
Most lettuce in this country is picked by automated harvesters. Only small farms use manual labor and even that is rapidly changing.
They are not the only labor available. If you look closely, automation has replaced a ton of unskilled labor functions and skilled labor as well. And the most recent robotic creations herald the beginning of the end of labor in general. In 15 years all those immigrants pouring in will not have any work to do. In 30 years most of the skilled labor force wont be needed either. We will have an idle society. And the government will have no one to tax.
What do we do then?
-The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $276,261,820 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive, firm target contract for the production and delivery of two full-rate production Lot III P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft.
-United Launch Services LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of United Launch Alliance, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $46,629,267 other transaction agreement for the development of the Vulcan BE-4 and Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES) rocket propulsion system prototypes for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. This agreement implements Section 1604 of the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the development of a next-generation rocket propulsion system that will transition away from the use of the Russian supplied RD-180 engine to a domestic alternative for National Security Space launches. Another transaction agreement was used in lieu of a standard procurement contract in order to leverage ongoing investment by industry in rocket propulsion systems. This other transaction agreement requires shared cost investment with United Launch Services for the development of prototypes of the Vulcan BE-4 rocket propulsion system, which is a booster stage engine, and the ACES rocket propulsion system, which is an upper stage engine.
-Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $9,849,966 modification to a contract for Apache helicopter rotary tail blades.
-Bell Boeing, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $8,231,859 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a basic ordering agreement for aircraft hub assemblies. This is a 38-month contract with no option periods.
reporting sites show deliveries at 50. They don't show BBJ deliveries in many cases so the number could be higher. In any case, if the number is 50, it puts Boeing down 25 planes from the average to hit the low end target for the year. Hope they can get a few more delivered before the end of the day. This is getting ugly...