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.
The Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded an $80,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb Increment 1 (SDB 1) technical support. The contractor will provide SDB 1 weapon integration support, including technical support to the designated aircraft System Program Offices testing, upgrades, program management support, and software updates to the SDB 1system required to integrate the SBD 1 weapon system with other weapons systems. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed by June 19, 2019.
WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing #$%$ Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, sources briefed on the test results said on Sunday.
The successful interception will help validate the Boeing-run Ground-base Midcourse Defense system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, the sources said.
the test, in which an interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California hit a target used to simulate an intermediate-range missile that was launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Sunday's test marked the first successful interception of the Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle Capability Enhancement II, or EKV CE-II, which failed in both previous tests conducted in 2010.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. plans to use its first 787 Dreamliner for flights from London’s Heathrow airport to Boston, with the initial batch of jets all destined for U.S. east coast routes. Europe’s first 787-9 variant of Boeing’s newest wide-body will be delivered in late September and is scheduled to enter service to Boston Logan on Oct. 28, serving the city six times weekly, Crawley, England-based Virgin Atlantic said today. The U.K. carrier’s second 787, due in December, will be used for Heathrow-Washington trips, with planes three and four serving Newark New Jersey and New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport from January and February. Later planes will be deployed on longer services where a 21 percent gain in fuel economy will return the greatest savings, Virgin said. Virgin has 17 Dreamliners on order plus four options with a list price of $5 billion. The wide-body aircraft will seat 198 people in coach class, 35 in premium economy and 31 in Upper Class, as the carrier’s premium product is known. The Dreamliner will account for more than half of the Virgin Atlantic fleet by 2018, Chief Executive Officer Craig Kreeger said in the statement. The carrier is also interested in adding the larger 787-10, founder Branson said last month.
GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands, June 23, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed separate agreements with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and Fokker Technologies to explore advanced maintenance opportunities for Dutch rotorcraft and expand efforts to make the Netherlands a regional hub for military and civilian aircraft support services.
Boeing and the RNLAF signed a strategic partnership agreement that builds on an existing support contract for Dutch AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters to identify new areas of long-term cooperation.
Opportunities under consideration include adding components to the existing contract; engaging Dutch suppliers for maintenance, repair and overhaul work; and expanding use of the Logistics Center Woensdrecht, the Ministry of Defence’s center of expertise for military MRO and logistics.
CHICAGO, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney reports that the board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of seventy three (73) cents per share.
The dividend is payable Sept. 5, 2014, to shareholders of record as of Aug. 8, 2014.
With 7 days to go till month end, BA has delivered 47 planes.
Airbus has delivered only 31 so far.
THere will be a bigg push this week to get a high delivery number for the quarter.
They delivered 11 WEdnesday thru Friday so they cleared out before teh weekend.
Tuesday is usually a good delivery day particularly for 737, They have had a number of 787 nad 747 customer test flights.
production has been working to the increased schedules. That is why there are so many 787's in flight and pre flight test. IT is deliveries that have been lagging.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded $14,863,552 for delivery order 3051 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the P-8A Poseidon Increment 3 Interface Development. This order includes two Mission Systems Emulation Environment (MSEE) units with all required hardware, Tactical Open Mission software with P-8 baseline architecture interface data exposure modifications, interface adapter computer software configuration items, and P-8A real-time simulator and interactive warfare simulator. In addition, this order includes the development, documentation, and delivery of hardware and software updates for four MSEE units. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed in September 2016
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 25, 2014 – With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite, Boeing [NYSE: BA] has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation.
These satellites, the fourth generation of Boeing-built GPS space vehicles, are improving system accuracy, signal capability and performance for users worldwide.
”We have built all twelve GPS IIF satellites using our advanced production processes, with the spacecraft ready to launch on request by the Air Force,” said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. “We’re also continuing to work with the Air Force to improve the efficiency of our final checkouts before launch and on-orbit, ensuring each GPS IIF enters operation smoothly and quickly. This approach supports the Air Force in maintaining an aggressive launch schedule.”
The sixth GPS IIF was launched May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and was the second in just three months. The next GPS IIF is being readied for launch during the third quarter of this year.
From the NYC787 site Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Boeing revealed to its employees yesterday that the South Carolina plant has achieved the planned 787 production rate of 3 airplanes/month when ZA660 (LN 224, 5Y-KZF) entered into position 0 on the final assembly line in plant 88-30 on June 24th. This aircraft is destined for Kenya Airways and should deliver around September of this year. I am assuming that Everett will slow down to 7/month given the rate change. This means that Charleston should load a new 787 every 10 days while Everett will load a 787 every 8.6 days for each line (40-26 and 40-24).
This was an important milestone for this plant especially in light of a muckraking report in a certain Seattle newspaper this past week.
Boeing managers hope to complete a 787 from loading into the first position to roll out in about 38 days at the new rate. Prior to the step up in rate, the South Carolina plant was building a 787 in about 46 days and a year ago it was at 70 days. The plant will also start building its first 787-9 when ZB170 (LN 269) is loaded into position sometime this fall. The aircraft will go to United Airlines sometime in March of 2015. The signs of progress at Boeing South Carolina counters a false belief that the plant and its workers are not up to the challenge of building the 787 in sufficient quantities and quality that would justify the investment that was and is continuing to be made by the company. As recently as this past week a newspaper report slammed the Boeing South Carolina workers and cast doubt on their ability to make the 787 especially in light of the bonuses that were just paid out to them for reducing the JBS (jobs behind schedule) or other wise known as travelled work. It is my understanding that the JBS number as tracked by Boeing is remaining at a flat rate. It does appear that some people in the media are looking to highlight every mistake and incident in order to sell newspapers rather than looking at the whole story.
I attempt to put some context to the 787 production story in the form of a table that I've put together comparing number of 787s that have entered final assembly, finished final assembly and have been delivered. The table looks at these attributes for Everett, Charleston as well as the total for both plants. Looking at the table one can see that both plants are producing at their respective assigned rates in terms of loadings and roll outs. We should ignore January and February as both plants were essentially ramping back up after the 2013 holidays as is evident from the tables with the low number of loadings, rolls outs, and deliveries. However starting in March Boeing South Carolina loaded, on average, 2.75 aircraft per month, rolled out an average of 3.25 aircraft per month and delivered an average of 2.5 aircraft per month. This is through June 25th and I do expect at least one more delivery from North Charleston this month. Everett has a much higher work load but during the same period the plant has loaded an average of 8 airplanes per month, rolled out an average of 8 airplanes per month and has delivered and average of 6 airplanes per month. To look at it a different way, I take the average roll outs divided by the average deliveries in order to gauge how efficient each plant is in building and delivering 787s and this is what I have from March through June 25th:
Everett = 8/6 = 1.33
Charleston = 3.25/2.5 = 1.3
The lower the number the more efficient the plant is in building and delivering aircraft. This shows that Charleston looks to be slightly more efficient in delivering the 787. Please note that this is a little incomplete as we have to complete the month of June and there is at least one more 787 line move in Everett to come as well as more deliveries from each location. Additionally, this tables ignores where the aircraft was delivered from, i.e. Charleston built aircraft for Qatar but delivered from Everett was a delivery from Charleston.
The 787 deliveries are from the NYC787 site.
The others are from Planespotters site.
It atkes a bit of time to go thru the planespotters site and look at each plane.
NYC site reports contractual delivery events. Planespotters reports only flyaways which are often later than contractual delivery.
BA has delivered 58 planes thru 10 am Friday.
They do have a good shot at delivering more than 64 planes..