Is Boeing About to Make Some Noise in the Business Jet Market?

737 Max

After markets closed on Monday, Boeing Co. announced that it had received two orders for its Boeing Business Jets (BBJs). Two unnamed customers have each ordered one aircraft: a 737-based BBJ and a BBJ 787-8. The company also won a commitment from a China-based airline and two leasing firms for 60 of Boeing’s 737 MAX […]

After 2020, Boeing on course to build more 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina than Washington

Boeing South Carolina 787 Final Assembly

Through 2020, expect Boeing Everett and North Charleston 787 Dreamliner lines to move toward parity. After that, North Charleston could pull ahead, partly because the mix of Dreamliner models weighs in its favor. As Boeing completes the Dreamliner lineup, the mid-sized 787-9, and the even-larger 787-10 (which will only be made in South Carolina) will […]

And All of a Sudden, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Is Popular Again!

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The 787 “Dreamliner” program continues to serve as more of a nightmare for Boeing. Reporting earnings for the first time in 2015, Boeing warned investors last month that deferred production costs (aka, “losses”) at the company’s troubled Dreamliner program are continuing to grow. Company CFO Greg Smith still thinks Boeing will begin breaking even on […]

Efficiency gains prompt Boeing to shut down Dreamliner “surge line”

Boeing Assembly Line

Efficiency improvement and production ramped-up at Boeing Co.’s North Charleston location has prompted the company to temporarily shut down its 787 assembly line near Seattle months ahead of schedule. The move is an indication that production levels are equalizing at the two Dreamliner sites, with North Charleston producing roughly the same amount of Dreamliner jets […]

American Airlines shows off its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner

New American 787

American Airlines unveiled its newest 787-8 Dreamliner Wednesday morning. It is the first time that employees and journalists have had a chance to view American’s configuration of the aircraft since the Fort Worth-based carrier first took possession of the new fleet type in February. The aircraft on display Wednesday, N805AN, just flew in to Dallas/Fort […]

F.A.A. Orders Fix for Possible Power Loss in Boeing 787

Boeing 787 Production

Federal regulators will order operators of Boeing 787 Dreamliners to shut down the plane’s electrical power periodically after Boeing discovered a software error that could result in a total loss of power. The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday that Boeing found during laboratory testing that the plane’s power control units could shut down power […]

Boeing’s Latest Big Plane Sale Could Be a Tiny Nightmare for Profits

Boeing 777

Not in the matter of sheer numbers, mind you. In fact, from the perspective of plain (or plane?) mathematics, nothing much changed about Boeing’s order book at all. One week ago, Boeing was telling investors it had booked 127 gross plane orders, suffered 16 cancellations, and thus ended up with a “net” order book of […]

Newer aircraft, including Boeing 787, vulnerable to hacking, GAO warns

hackers airline

Hundreds of planes flying commercially today could be vulnerable to having their onboard computers hacked and remotely taken over by someone using the plane’s passenger WiFi network, or even by someone on the ground, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. One of the authors of the report, Gerald Dillingham, told CNN […]