From NYC787 site: As the 1st quarter of 2015 wraps up on the 787 program, Boeing is making an effort to deliver 12 787s this month. So far they've delivered 7 and the other 5 have had their customer acceptance flights. The lack of any further customer flights this weekend indicates that customers are satisfied with their new airplanes and are ready to take delivery. With the delivery of 5 more 787s in the next 4 days Boeing will have delivered 29 787s in the first quarter.
Back in November 2015, I projected that Boeing would deliver 34 787s in the first quarter. 10 in January, 12 in February and 12 in March. Boeing fell short by 3 in January and 2 in February, and should meet the 12 projected for March barring any unforeseen issues.
For April (and I know this is a familiar story), I am projecting 14 787 deliveries with 11 787-9 and 3 787-8 being handed over. This number includes the 2 787-9 for British Airways that is delayed because of issues at seat manufacturer Zodiac. It is possible that those two may not deliver in April. It should be noted that Boeing would have had 31 787 deliveries in the first quarter had it not been for the issues with Zodiac which delayed the delivery of the 2 787-9 to British Airways. Also in April, Qatar's penultimate 787-8 should be delivered as well as the first 787-9 ordered by Air France-KLM which is going to KLM. All of the 787s that are projected to be delivered next month are all out of the factory and on the flightlines or paint hangars with half of the airframes having already had their first flight.
From Airinsight: A Colorado pilot and Sir Richard Branson have joined forces to help create the next generation of supersonic transportation. Virgin Atlantic earlier this week secured options for the first ten aircraft from a new supersonic jet start up company named Boom. The company plans to produce a 40 seat supersonic jet with range to fly from LA to Sydney at speeds slightly faster than Concorde, around Mach 2.2. The Boom aircraft will be made of carbon fiber composites. Current plan is to build and fly a one third scale model by the end of 2017.
4 days to go and only 48 deliveries. Better than the first two moths but still far behind the monthly average to meet the year end goal. If they deliver the 787's ready for delivery they can hit 53. Still far short of what they need.
The NYC787 site shows 5 more 787's are scheduled to be delivered this month (7 delivered so far). And 12 more in April plus one prior build for British air that is held up for special seats. So they seem to have made the transition from 10 a month to 12 a month with no hiccups. And Charleston test flights are down to 4 from 8 in previous months showing the amount of traveled work has been greatly reduced.
From Business insider:
The US just extended a $10 million contract to defense contractor Raytheon to equip Boeing AGM-86B air-launched cruise missiles with a Counter-electronics High-power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) payloads. These payloads, according to IHS Jane's, will enable the missiles to disable enemy electronics during flight. Missiles equipped with the CHAMP technology can fire microwave pulses at multistory buildings and permanently disable the electric devices within, as was successfully demonstrated during a 2012 test.
WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has approved the sale of up to nine Boeing Co P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes to Britain in a deal valued at up to $3.2 billion, the U.S. Defense Department said Friday.
The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, notified Congress about the potential sale on Thursday. Lawmakers now have 15 days to block the sale although such action is unlikely given close ties between the United States and the UK.
The proposed sale will enhance Britain's capabilities to provide national defense and contribute to NATO and coalition operations, DSCA said in a statement