The new space race: SpaceX vs Boeing

Elon Musk and SpaceX

SpaceX and Boeing plan to build space “taxis” that can American astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, and both companies appeared together at a NASA press conference Monday to unveil updates in the space agency’s commercial crew carrier competition. NASA has awarded Boeing $4.6 billion and SpaceX $2.6 billion to develop and operate […]

Boeing Looks Set To Beat Airbus In Orders And Deliveries In 2014

Boeing 777

Boeing is set to beat competitor Airbus in the race for new commercial airplane orders and deliveries in 2014. Through November this year, Boeing has received net orders for 1,274 commercial airplanes, while Airbus has received net orders for 1,031 commercial airplanes. The launch of the wide-body 777X by Boeing in late 2013 has boosted […]

Airbus Reshuffle Prepares Planemaker for Record Jet Output

Airbus A350 Airframe

A management reshuffle at Airbus this week marks another step towards focusing Europe’s biggest aerospace company on industrial performance rather than the political interests of key shareholders France and Germany, industry sources said. But Tuesday’s announcement also includes a nod towards national sensitivities, while not letting these dominate the choice of industrial leadership as Airbus […]

Boeing To Make 754 Commercial Jet Deliveries in 2015

Boeing 787-9

Boeing Co will deliver a record 754 commercial aircraft in 2015, an increase of up to 5.5 percent, the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association forecast on Wednesday, reflecting expectations of steadily rising production at the world’s biggest plane maker. The Washington, D.C.-based trade group said its forecast is based on information supplied by Boeing, and comes […]

Boeing and Union Lawsuit Tentative Settlement Close to Wrapping Up

Boeing South Carolina 787 Final Assembly

A tentative settlement reached between Boeing and parties in a class-action lawsuit regarding payment of early retirement medical benefits and pensions appears close to wrapping up. “We reached a tentative agreement in June,” said Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace Midwest director Bob Brewer. “Both parties are still working through the final settlement.” When […]

Boeing and Airbus Battle For Dominance

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Boeing and Airbus News Qatar Airways will receive the newest plane from Airbus, the A350 airliner, this coming Saturday, the first delivery in an 80-plane order. The Gulf carrier will be the first airline to receive Airbus’ new wide-body long-haul jet, which is built with a carbon composite fuselage and wingtips, making it a direct […]