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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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Airbus A350: Is the Xtra making the difference?

Airbus says 3-class 325-seat A350-900 OWE per seat 5% lower than 283-seat 787-9 325-seat A350-900 has 6% lower block fuel burn per seat than 283-seat 787-9: Airbus 787-10 can accommodate 324-seat in 3-class, has 1,500nm less range: Airbus Boeing 787-10 EIS brought forward to Q1 2018: exclusive Trent XWB-84 SFC 0.5% better than specification: sources […]

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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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Airbus, Boeing in game of thrones for widebody dominance

Boeing 777X weight figures revealed for first time 3-class 406-seat 777-9X MEW at 362,000lbs, MZFW 527,000lbs, MLW 557,000lbs 4-class 300-seat 777-9X has OEW of 415,000lbs 777-9X 8.8% lighter in MZFW per seat than -300ER, 6.3% lighter than A350-1000 Airbus: Existing A330 more efficient than A330neo on 2-3 hour missions Airbus: Existing A330 lift-to-drag optimised at […]

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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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