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Rolls-Royce at a transitional altitude

To issue a group profit warning during your first week of joining is no easy task, but that was exactly what Warren East, Rolls-Royce’s new chief executive, had to do. Earlier last month, East, the former chief executive of Arm Holdings – which manufactures microprocessors for Apple – issued the company’s fourth profit warning in 18 […]

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Delta loss shows availability key to Boeing’s widebody strategy

Boeing stretches 777-9X fuselage from 76.5m to 76.7m: exclusive Airlines, most likely Emirates, asking for more seats on 777X: sources Boeing to announce more seats on 777-9X in Q2 2015: sources 777X de-icing can only take place at Code F stands with FWT down 787-9 OEW 277,000lbs is 11,000lbs lighter than A330-900neo’s 288,000lbs 787-8 OEW […]

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Boeing eyes 2018 launch for New Small Airplane

2018 launch, 2024/25 entry into service: internal target CFM, Rolls-Royce & Pratt & Whitney started work: sources “No moonshots”: CNRP not an option, CFRP fuselage eyed Out-of-autoclave (OoA) technology key enabler for NSA 4,000nm, 200-seat mission for NSA 737 MAX 9’s 286 orders lag A321neo’s 709; 737-900ER’s 515 lag A321ceo’s 1,545 737 MAX has 2,412 […]

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Dissecting the A330neo from a weight perspective

A330-900neo 14% lower fuel burn per seat valid against 235-tonne -300 -900neo 8.5% more fuel efficient per seat against 242-tonne -300 -900neo has 10.6% lower block fuel burn against 235-tonne -300 -900neo has 5.1% lower block fuel burn against 242-tonne -300 With much fanfare, the re-engined A330neo (new engine option) family was launched on the first […]

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Boeing’s NSA could feature game-changing technologies

A320neo outsold 737 MAX by 9.3% at same stage Advanced Technology winglet reduces fuel burn by 1.8% on 3,000nm mission A320ceo with Sharklet narrows market value gap with 737NG 737 MAX still leads A320neo in COC narrowly DLR: Difficult to make small twin-aisle work Avolon: average seat count rising to 198 seats by 2032 Open-rotor […]

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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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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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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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International Airlines Group entering a new dawn in 2013

It could have been much worse. International Airlines Group (IAG), formed by the merger between British and Spanish flag carriers British Airways and Iberia, posted a €997 million (US$1.29 billion) 2012 before-tax loss, dragged down by a €343 million impairment charge against the intangible assets and a €202 million transformation cost at the beleaguered Iberia unit.

Amid a moribund Spanish economy

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