Kawasaki Heavy Industries has opened a plant with an oversized kiln to bake and harden carbon composite aircraft fuselage sections, giving it capacity to surpass Boeing's production targets for the 787 Dreamliner.
Deputy Director of KHI's 787 manufacturing unit, Akira Inomata, said the plant in Nagoya, central Japan, had the capacity to go "beyond the 14" 787s that Boeing planned to build every month by 2020.
The new JPY¥35 billion (USD$288 million) plant will build the forward fuselage for the 787, including the 330-seat stretch version due for completion in 2017.
KHI builds about 10 percent of the 787. In addition to the fuselage it also supplies the main landing gear well and wing parts.
SEATTLE, March 12, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently completed the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.
During the two-hour flight on Dec. 31 testers evaluated five full-color glass displays with customizable engine, navigation and radar data. The systems performed better than expected and the program will now enter an extensive flight test qualification phase. Fourteen NATO AWACS in total will receive the flight deck modernization, delivery of the first upgraded aircraft is scheduled for January 2016.
Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, has been awarded a $30,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines III (VAATE) and beyond. The VAATE program is a joint government and industry effort to develop revolutionary and innovative technologies by the 2017 timeframe that will permit an order of magnitude increase in turbo-propulsion affordability over the year 2000 state-of-the-art technology. This effort focuses on Phase III of the VAATE program with future efforts for beyond Phase III.
SEATTLE, Mar. 12, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is pleased that Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has announced a commitment to purchase three additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.
The order, valued at $990 million at list prices, will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website when finalized. Today’s commitment follows SWISS’ previous order for six 777-300ERs in 2013.
TORONTO, March 11 (Reuters) - Air Canada said on Wednesday it will offer three tranches of enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETCs) worth $1.03 billion to fund the purchase of eight new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. U.S. carriers have used the EETC market to fund aircraft purchases for the past two decades, but the market was off limits to airlines in Canada until the Canadian government changed the rules late in 2012.
EETCs, a special type of debt financing, ensure that lenders have direct claim over an aircraft in the event that an airline runs into financial trouble. They typically offer lower interest rates than other forms of aircraft financing.
TOKYO, March 10, 2015 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today it that has reached an agreement with Japanese partner Nabtesco to supply primary flight control actuation system on Boeing’s new 777X airplane. Nabtesco is a long standing partner on the 777 program, supplying actuators for four flight control surfaces. With this new agreement, Nabtesco’s scope of work will double to eight, including spoilers. Actuators are a critical part of an airplane’s system that move such surfaces as ailerons on the wing and elevators on the tail to control an aircraft’s orientation in flight.
Boeing has announced orders to supply Ryanair with three Next-Generation 737-800s and Silk Way West with three 747-8 Freighters.
The order from Ryanair is valued at $280m.
Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West is investing over $1.1bn in its new freighter aircraft.
VIDSEL, Sweden, March 10, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Saab [Stockholm: SAAB] have proven that Boeing’s Small Diameter Bomb I, originally developed for use by aircraft, can be adapted for launch from a ground artillery system.
The companies recently tested the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), integrating the SDB I and M26 rocket motor technologies for the Multiple Launch Rocket System. The testing showed that the bomb can withstand a rocket artillery launch without its performance being compromised.
Rockwell Collins Inc., Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded an $11,490,540 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-5501) for the procurement of 1,695 ancillary equipment items for the AN/ARC-210 family of electronic protection radio equipment for domestic and Foreign Military Sales aircraft.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 9, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has taken an equity stake in SoftBank Satellite Planning Corp., which will develop concepts for a satellite-based disaster response communications system for Japan. The group will evaluate the concepts and propose them to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
“This creative partnership underscores Boeing’s long-term commitment to Japan and supports customer needs using our 50 years of proven experience in satellite technology,” said Craig Cooning, chairman of Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. (BSSI) and president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. “We applaud SoftBank’s commitment to enhance Japan’s disaster-response capabilities, and we stand ready to assist in making this important satellite-based technology a reality.”
Boeing’s background in providing satellite-based disaster response systems started in the late 1990s with the Thuraya satellite system, which delivers mobile telephone, data, fax and messaging services throughout the Middle East, North and Central Africa, Europe, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Boeing is currently under contract for Mexsat, a communications system for Mexico that will provide disaster response, emergency services, telemedicine, and telecommunications access for remote areas when it becomes fully operational in 2016.
Since this was her private server, she can scrub it easily before she turns anything over.
From news media:
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and Boeing have extended an agreement to develop aircraft financing and leasing opportunities in the Middle East market together over the past three years. The non-exclusive agreement is aimed at creating opportunities for NBAD to advise, arrange and supply financing to support Boeing new-aircraft sales and used-aircraft remarketing in the region, with Boeing engaging with the bank in joint projects, training and issues advocacy.
“Boeing has enduring partnerships in the Middle East region and the relationship we have built with NBAD is delivering real value to the region in terms of increasing opportunities for local participation in aircraft financing,” said Tim Myers, president of Boeing Capital Corporation. “As a result of the agreement between NBAD and Boeing, we have held a number of seminars and development sessions, including the region’s first Chief Risk Officer Summit for the region’s financial institutions in 2012.”
With 113 deliveries through February, BA is only 13 short of the 63 a month average required to exceed the year end target of 750 to 755 planes in 2015.
9 planes have been delivered so far in February.
Production looks on track.
Now it is deliveries that will hold the key to meeting the goal. Now that the company has worked with the Middle east to provide alternate financing alternatives to ex0im bank, financing should not be a problem.
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $30,259,124 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of one each production Harpoon Joint Common Test Station assets and associated logistics elements for the governments of Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Boeing wants to patent its process for 3D-printed replacement aircraft parts. And here’s a novel twist in this era of pre-emptive patent filings: The company is already using 3D-printed aircraft parts. In a patent application published this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Boeing describes a method and apparatus for requesting, authorizing, printing, and even paying for aircraft parts under the straightforward title of, “Three Dimensional Printing of Parts.”It turns out Boeing is currently using this approach for real aircraft. A company spokesman explains, “When production 3D printed parts need replacing, we use 3D printed parts.” Right now, Boeing spokesman Nathan Hulings says, the company only uses non-metallic 3D printed parts on production programs.
North Charleston, South Carolina – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has added Boeing South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliners to the company's production certificate, PC 700. This allows Boeing to produce and deliver 787-9s from its South Carolina facility. 787-8 production was added to Boeing's PC 700 certificate in July 2012.
EVERETT, Wash., March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Cargolux Airlines are celebrating the 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter to the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier. To mark the occasion, Cargolux's latest 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal of the "Father of the Boeing 747," Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the airplane.
NASA and Boeing are preparing to conduct vibration testing for thrust vector control actuator of the space launch system. The test will be conducted with the Redstone test center’s dynamic test division at redstone arsenal in Alabama. Actuators are hydraulic powered motors that manage gimbal position of the RS-25 engine to alter engine thrust angle with respect to the SLS core stage
Boeing Aerospace Operations, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $52,805,008 modification (P00228) to previously awarded contract FA8106-07-C-0001. Contractor will provide Avionics Modernization Program Phase II effort for the VC-25A aircraft to include Federal Aviation Administration approved avionics modification engineering services to manufacture or procure, install, and test one prototype.