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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’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 777X to spark mini-jumbo war

Now that the development of the 787-10X has slowed owing to the worldwide grounding resulting from a fire onboard a parked Japan Airlines (JAL) 787’s lithium-ion battery in Boston Logan International Airport on January 7 and another smouldering one on an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight on 16 January, the proposed highly fuel efficient A330-300 replacement may now be eclipsed

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Boeing 777X & 787-10X unfazed by 787 battery woes

It is yet another déjà vu. After successfully beating a delivery target of 35-42 examples and achieving a ramp-up in its production rate to 5 units per month, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was on an upbeat note with 46 units being handed over to the customers last year. Unfortunately, the good times did not last. An emergency landing by a

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Boeing chooses largest wingspan for 777X

As Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing heads into the future following a better-than-expected 2012 second-quarter net profit of US$967 million, or US$1.27 per share versus the Wall Street consensus of US$1.12 per share, it continues to map out its future widebody strategy that will see new members being added to its popular large twin-engine, long-haul 777 as well as the carbon

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Airbus mulls re-engined A330 along with sharklets (Update1)

When European plane-maker Airbus gave indication in late January that it was considering an update to its Airbus A330-300 aircraft by increasing its maximum take-off weight (MTOW) amongst other enhancements, it represented the first step in a process designed to rejuvenate Airbus’ A330 line of aircraft and propagate its production into the next decade.

For the medium term, Airbus is mulling

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Boeing develops 777X to challenge Airbus A350

As the development of the Airbus A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body) family aircraft gears up this year, with the first A350-900 example entering final assembly in March ahead of its first flight in the second quarter of 2013 (“Airbus faces a crucial year on A350 development”, 25th Jan, 12), the same holds true for the competitive response from its transatlantic

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