American Airlines Receives New Composite Boeing 787

American Airlines 787

Last week, American Airlines became the second US carrier to take delivery of the next-generation Boeing 787 aircraft. The aircraft principally uses composite material in its construct, making it lighter weight and less expensive to fly than earlier-generation widebodies. So far, United Airlines has been the only other US carrier to receive a 787. Forget […]

American Airlines Pilots Fly Their First Boeing 787

American Airlines 787

American Airlines representatives were in Seattle on Thursday so they could check out and do the acceptance flight of American’s first Boeing 787, a.k.a., the Dreamliner. American provided a couple of photos of that first airplane as company representatives looked it over. Here’s what AA told employees on the airline’s weekly Arrivals newsletter: This afternoon, […]

Competition from Boeing forced Airbus to rethink wide-body jets

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Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, which received its first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. Boeing was knocking on his door with a “ superefficient” jet boasting 30 percent fuel savings, thanks to a carbon-composite design. In Toulouse, some Airbus engineers, riding high after overtaking Boeing […]

The Year Ahead in Aviation: 2015

Airbus A320neo

In recent years, so much has been going on in the world of commercial aviation that putting together a “top 10 events” forecast has been easy — major new airplane programs have been announced, airline consolidation has taken place and disputes between China and Europe over carbon emissions have held major airplane orders hostage. Not […]

Boeing On Target For 787 Deliveries, Though Costs Are A Concern

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Co has more than enough 787 Dreamliners in the production pipeline to meet its year-end delivery target of 110 aircraft, despite concerns a shortage of seats could cause the world’s biggest aircraft maker to miss its target, according to industry experts and a Reuters review of its factory. A Reuters survey of jets in […]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Celebrates Five Years of Flying

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies over Washington 787 First Flight K64825-03for the very first time exactly five years ago today. Despite major delays that caused the first flight to occur two years behind schedule, December 15, 2009 was a dream come true for Boeing. The maiden flight departed Snohomish County Airport in […]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Tied to company’s long-term Climb

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Seven years’ worth of production backlog and tremendous growth projected for emerging world markets has Boeing chief operating officer Dennis Muilenburg seeing plenty of lift and little or no drag on the company’s financial future. Chicago-based Boeing Co. has about 5,500 aircraft orders worth $430 billion in the pipeline, Muilenburg said during a Credit Suisse […]

Boeing conducts first flight using green diesel

Boeing 787 ecoDemonstrator

First green diesel flight of the ‘ecoDemonstrator’ 787. (Boeing) Chicago-based Boeing said Wednesday it completed the first test flight using green diesel, a fuel blend of oils and fats already used in trucks and other ground transportation. Boeing officials have said the use of green diesel for jets is a “major breakthrough” in the industry’s […]