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Boeing 787 availability key in fending off Airbus A330neo

Boeing aims to stabilise 787 travelled work by LN195: The Seattle Times A330neo makes sense in filling Airbus’ product void in 200-300 seat segment A330neo to work best on sectors under 2,000nm A330neo adds 2-3 tonnes of weight; block fuel burn reduction ~12% 787 still retains significant fuel burn & operating cost advantage against A330neo […]

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Hawaiian Airlines likely an early A330neo customer

As the Singapore Air Show is fully underway, the dogfight between the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has stolen the media limelight, with the A350 progressing well in its 2,500-hour flight test programme and possibly an early entry into service (EIS) for Qatar Airways. However, only 46 orders will remain for the Airbus […]

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Boeing 777X targets to become ultra long-haul leader

Boeing eyes 6 months earlier internal “manage to” target than Q2 2020 777X service entry Everett lowest cost option for 777X FAL, but Charleston offers non-union lure 777X folding wingtip 20 seconds to fold or extend Folding wingtip in “latched & locked” position in failure mode Folding wingtip 3% better than Code E wing with […]

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Boeing’s widebody dominance hinges on 777X success

It was ironical that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which the Chicago-based plane-maker touted as “Made With Japan”, would become the fracture point of Boeing’s iron grip on Japan where it holds a 80% market share as the island nation’s carriers started purchasing Boeing aircraft in the 1980s as a means to remedy the significant current account surplus its government has

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Airbus is still name of the game

It is no surprise when the European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. (EADS) announced on 31st July that it will be renamed as the Airbus Group beginning January 1st, 2014, given the world’s second-largest plane-maker accounted for 71.9% of EADS’s €26.3 billion 2013 first-half revenue and 73.7% of EADS’s earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of €1.48 billion.

But beneath the

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Special Report: The “One Boeing” lean & mean profit machine

When it comes down to the one thing that the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer Boeing does not have, it is neither financial muscle nor engineering resources. Rather, it is luck. After freshly emerging from the three-and-a-half months long worldwide grounding of its flagship product – 787 Dreamliner as a result of overheating lithium-ion batteries onboard a Japan Airlines (JAL) example

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Boeing 777X & 787-10 show the lure of the X factor

It is the lure of the X factor. When Boeing launched the highly anticipated 320-seat 787-10 Dreamliner at this year’s Paris Air Show, it not only symbolised the emergence of the Chicago-based plane-maker from the embarrassing 3-month long grounding of the revolutionary carbon composite aircraft earlier this year, but also offered a rare glimpse into the effectiveness of its future

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Boeing to make up lost grounds on all fronts

The debut of the Airbus A350 XWB (extra widebody) was a far cry from that of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the difference between the two could not have been more stark. Without much fanfare, Airbus’ US$15 billion answer to both the lightweight 787 Dreamliner and the larger 777 rolled out from the paint hangar in the European plane-maker’s headquarters

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Boeing in no rush to fast-track future widebody strategy

Since the European plane-maker Airbus inaugurated its sprawling 74,000m² final assembly line (FAL) factory for the US$15 billion A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body) aircraft programme in Toulouse, France on 23rd October, the potential competitive response from its transatlantic arch-rival Boeing has captured widespread media attention. As Airbus makes progress in manufacturing the first A350-900 flight test aircraft ahead of its

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Airbus is right on A330 improvement strategy

Having decided against re-engining the twin-aisle medium to long-haul A330 aircraft which is likely to undermine the business case of its A350-800 sibling (“Airbus mulls re-engined A330 along with sharklets”, 5th Mar, 12), Airbus is adopting the least risky option of offering new, higher gross weight variants of the A330 aircraft family that not only will see the A330 being

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