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  • Budget £149 London to New York flight starts

    07/03/2014 9:37:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:27PM BST 03 Jul 2014 | Natalie Paris
    Norwegian is running direct, low-cost routes on a new Dreamliner plane between Gatwick, New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale. As with other budget flights, seat reservations, checked-in luggage and food will cost extra. The carrier suggests the flights will help spark competition between airlines—Ryanair and easyJet have both previously talked about going transatlantic—and perhaps even start a price war, but the launch has not been without hitch. Norwegian encountered fierce opposition in America over the proposition, with several US airlines, unions and the Airline Pilots Organization (ALPA) teaming up to run a media campaign over the last few months,...
  • Boeing Scores $100B in Orders at Airshow, Inks New Supply Deal

    11/18/2013 8:28:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    FOX Business ^ | November 18, 2013 | Jennifer Booten
    Shares of Boeing (BA) climbed into the green early Monday after the jet maker unveiled fresh orders for its upcoming 777x and struck a new supply deal with a major firm in the United Arab Emirates. The Chicago-based Dreamliner maker racked up roughly $100 billion in orders with Middle Eastern carriers on the first day of the 2013 Dubai Airshow. The 342 orders in the fast-growing market doubled those awarded to rival Airbus.
  • Boeing investigates new flaw with 787 Dreamliner

    08/16/2013 2:02:26 PM PDT · by SgtBilko · 14 replies
    San Antonio Business Journal ^ | Aug 16, 2013, 7:03am CDT | Mike W. Thomas
    Boeing Co. has suffered another setback with its 787 Dreamliner after the model’s biggest operator, ANA Holdings, says it discovered wiring defects in the fire-suppression system on three aircraft.
  • A Japan Airlines Boeing Dreamliner Just Made A U-Turn Mid-Flight

    07/18/2013 3:24:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 18, 2013
    A Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner flying from Boston to Tokyo turned around not long after taking off and has returned safely to Boston:
  • Investigators: Disable 787 Emerg Locator Beacon (FAA balks)

    07/18/2013 12:04:58 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 9 replies
    Komo News ^ | 7/18/13 | UK AAIB
    (snip, from the actual AAIB report at link below) Safety Recommendation 2013-016 It is recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration initiate action for making inert the Honeywell International RESCU406AFN fixed Emergency Locator Transmitter system in Boeing 787 aircraft until appropriate airworthiness actions can be completed. Safety Recommendation 2013-017 It is recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration, in association with other regulatory authorities, conduct a safety review of installations of Lithium-powered Emergency Locator Transmitter systems in other aircraft types and, where appropriate, initiate airworthiness action. (snip, from abcnews.go link above) The FAA didn't immediately say whether it will follow the recommendations....
  • No sign 787 fire caused by batteries: U.K. agency

    07/15/2013 5:24:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 14 July 2013 | Home
    The U.K. Accidents Investigation Branch said there was extensive heat damage in the upper portion of the rear fuselage of the Ethiopian Airlines plane, which caught fire while parked at Heathrow Airport in London. “However, it is clear that this heat damage is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located, and at this stage, there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship,” the agency said in a statement, adding that the initial investigation is likely to take several days. Ethiopian Airlines hasn’t grounded its three other 787 Dreamliners, the...
  • Heathrow fire: Ethiopia Dreamliner fleet to stay flying

    07/13/2013 8:58:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 July 2013 Last updated at 08:53 ET
    Smoke was detected from the aircraft after it had been parked at Heathrow for more than eight hoursContinue reading the main story Related Stories Dreamliner catches fire at Heathrow Boeing shares fall after 787 fire Dreamliner flights resume after problems Ethiopian Airlines says it is to continue operating its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after one caught fire at London's Heathrow airport on Friday.Investigators are trying to find the cause of the blaze, which took place months after the aircraft was grounded worldwide over a battery problem.Heathrow's runways were closed for 90 minutes on Friday, and some evening flights delayed...
  • Heathrow: Dreamliner Plane Catches Fire

    07/12/2013 6:49:29 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 13 2013 | reporter
    A fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner plane has forced both runways at Heathrow Airport to close. No injuries were reported and nobody was on board the aircraft, which was stationed at a remote parking stand. Ethiopian Airlines said it had been there for more than eight hours before smoke was detected, adding that "the cause of the incident is under investigation by all concerned." A spokesperson for Heathrow said the plane suffered an internal fire and that the airport's emergency services attended the scene. Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline to resume using the 787 after Boeing temporarily...
  • Dreamliner Flies, But Doubts Persist About Boeing's Batteries

    05/29/2013 9:13:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Now that Boeing has placed most of its 787s back into service, including those inUnited Airlines’ fleet, executives with both corporations are putting a happy face on the expensive hardship that was caused by the four-month grounding of the planes due to fire hazard risks. United reinstated the so-called Dreamliners on May 20, when United CEO Jeff Smisek and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney hopped a flight from Houston to Chicago to show the troubles with the plane’s lithium ion batteries were behind them. "I’ll tell you, Jim,” said Smisek, as recounted by the Associated Press, “it was a fairly expensive...
  • Boeing CEO says 787 grounding didn't have big financial impact

    04/29/2013 11:48:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 29, 2013 | Gregory Karp
    Just days after Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was officially cleared to fly by U.S. regulators, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said the plane's 100-day grounding did not and will not have a significant financial impact on the Chicago-based aircraft maker. McNerney, speaking after Chicago-based Boeing's annual meeting at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago on Monday, said some fixes are "big and huge and others are less financially impactful."
  • Boeing: Cause of Dreamliner Fires 'Almost Doesn't Matter'

    04/29/2013 9:30:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    "Attention ladies and gentlemen, the Boeing 787Dreamliner will depart shortly – any potential fires caused by our lithium ion batteries will now be contained within the aircraft. Please line up at the gate for imminent boarding!” Are you ready? In case you missed it the Federal Aviation Administration, by publishing an Airworthiness Directive in the Federal Register last week, opened the door for the troubled “green” aircraft to return to service in the coming months. The document lays out the specifications required for Boeing to get the extremely costly project moving again, if the changes are implemented and FAA inspectors...
  • FAA clears Boeing 787 to return to flight

    04/19/2013 1:04:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 19, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that it has formally approved Boeing’s design for modifications to the 787 Dreamliner battery system, clearing the way to end the plane’s three-month grounding. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency hasn’t changed the Dreamliner’s ETOPS (“extended operations”) certification, which means the 787 will have continued approval to fly up to three hours away from the nearest airport. Michael Huerta, head of the FAA, told a Senate hearing Tuesday that ETOPS approval was under review. The decision not to reduce the three-hour limit is crucial to the jet’s use for flying long routes...
  • Boeing planning $1 billion expansion in South Carolina by 2020

    04/09/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 9, 2013 | AP
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Boeing is expanding in South Carolina and will invest another $1 billion, creating 2,000 new jobs during the next eight years, the aerospace giant announced Tuesday. Company spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the company, which operates a 787 assembly plant in North Charleston, will expand its operations. The first of the new 787s made in South Carolina rolled off the assembly line about a year ago.
  • Boeing making 787 test flight

    04/05/2013 1:31:32 PM PDT · by oxcart · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 05, 2013 | JOSHUA FREED
    Boeing said its flight of a 787 on Friday should wrap up the testing for its fix of the battery problems that have kept the plane grounded. Boeing called the flight "the final certification test for the new battery system." The next step will be for the Federal Aviation Administration to decide whether Boeing's battery fix is good enough for airlines to safely fly it again. Friday's flight took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. It returned one hour and 49 minutes later. The test was "to demonstrate that the new system performs as...
  • NTSB describes sizzling, hissing 787 battery in Boston fire (Informative re LiIon Fire)

    03/07/2013 11:31:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 7, 2013 | Staff
    Boston airport firefighters encountered sizzling liquid and a hissing, “exploding” battery when they entered the 787 at the center of a two-month-long National Transportation Safety Board investigation, according to documents released Thursday. The NTSB said Thursday it plans two public hearings next month, one to explore lithium-ion battery technology in general and another to discuss the design and certification of the Boeing 787 battery system. The safety agency announced the hearings as it released an interim factual report and 499 pages of related documents on its investigation of the Japan Airlines 787 fire at the Boston airport on January 7....
  • NTSB questions Boeing’s 787 battery design and certification after short circuit

    02/07/2013 11:13:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 7, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    A short circuit inside one cell started the 787 battery fire, and assumptions used to certify the battery system proved wrong, the NTSB said Thursday.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has pinpointed the start of the 787 Dreamliner battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines jet a month ago today as a short circuit inside a single cell. The agency still hasn’t identified the cause of the initial short circuit but has narrowed down the suspects. Details provided by the NTSB make clear that Boeing will have to redesign the battery for a long-term fix. In addition, the NTSB pointed...
  • Lobbying Muscle and Green Agenda Blinded Boeing to Reality

    01/31/2013 11:52:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 31, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    With the revelation that All Nippon Airways replaced defectivelithium ion batteries 10 times,Japan Air Lines replaced“quite a few,” andUnited Airlines replaced “multiple batteries,” in the months preceding the smoke emergency that grounded their Dreamliners, is there anything that can be said about the technology that can overcome its now-horrible reputation? Boeing has worked on the 787 for 10 years or so, with an ample amount of time to determine what kind of battery technology would be functional with the“super-efficient” jet with “exceptional environmental performance.” Had the Chicago-based manufacturer –and its airline customers – concerned themselves more with achievable plans that...
  • Boeing Battery Quick Fix May Be Elusive

    01/28/2013 9:42:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 27, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    The crisis that has enveloped Boeing over the grounded Dreamliner, at a cost of billions of dollars in losses in addition to what has already been “invested” in it -- voluntarily by its owner/investors and coercively from taxpayers – exemplifies perhaps more than any other redistributionist corporatism scheme why government intervention is more headache than help. Pass the industrial-strength Excedrin. Of immediate concern to the Chicago-based jet-manufacturer is the lithium-ion battery that powers so many of the 787’s critical functions. Two instances of “thermal runaway” on Dreamliners’ owned by Japan-based airlines caused that country, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration,to...
  • Boeing keeps building Dreamliners it can't fly

    01/27/2013 3:47:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2013
    Nobody is allowed to fly them. But Boeing can't stop churning them out. A federal probe into electrical fires has grounded all 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world. But Boeing has little choice but to keep its assembly lines in South Carolina and Washington State running at their normal pace, building five jets a month. A significant slowdown in production, let alone a full shutdown, would be too costly for both Boeing and its suppliers who are counting on making parts for the aircraft.
  • Boeing Dreamliner fires spark new doubts about a green energy technology

    01/23/2013 8:14:54 AM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Wasington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2012 | Richard Pollock
    When Federal Aviation Administration officials grounded Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliner commercial jets last week due to unexplained battery fires, one of President Obama's favorite green energy technologies got another black eye. Technologists and safety experts had long warned of problems with the lithium ion battery when in 2009 the president began betting billions of tax dollars that it should be the green power of choice for cars, trucks, and even aircraft.
  • US, Others Ground Boeing Dreamliner Indefinitely

    01/17/2013 6:32:17 AM PST · by rawhide · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1-17-13
    Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated. The lightweight, mainly carbon-composite plane has been plagued by recent mishaps - including an emergency landing of a Japanese domestic flight on Wednesday after warning lights indicated a battery problem - raising concerns over its use of new technology, such as lithium-ion batteries. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday temporarily grounded Boeing's newest commercial airliner, saying carriers would have to demonstrate the batteries were safe before the planes could resume...
  • FAA grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets

    01/16/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Staff
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it is requiring airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered U.S. airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner following a series of mishaps. The agency said the decision to ground Boeing 787s was prompted by a second incident involving lithium ion battery failure. Earlier Wednesday, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.
  • FAA to review Boeing 787

    01/11/2013 4:48:17 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 8 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Brendan Kearney
    The Federal Aviation Administration this morning announced a comprehensive review of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner -- including the company’s plant in North Charleston -- in light of a series of recent incidents. The review will focus on the technologically advanced jet’s extensive electric system but will not be limited to any one aspect of the program or any one of the recent glitches, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Despite his agency’s decision to undertake an open-ended look at Boeing’s prize jet program, Huerta emphasized that the 787 is safe to fly. “Nothing we have seen would indicate that this airplane...
  • Scrutiny of 787 fire ramps up; Boeing shares fall

    01/08/2013 3:16:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    AP ^ | January 8, 2013 | JOSHUA FREED
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal safety investigators intensified their scrutiny of a Monday fire aboard a Boeing 787 as concerned investors sold shares in the aircraft maker for a second day. Boeing on Tuesday confirmed that the fire aboard a Japan Airlines plane appeared to have started in a battery pack for the plane’s auxiliary power unit. The National Transportation Safety Board described the fire damage to the battery as ‘‘severe,’’ and said it is sending two more investigators to examine the Japan Airlines plane. It also formed investigative groups to look at the plane’s electrical systems as well as the...
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner has first flight in U.S. with passengers

    11/04/2012 8:56:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 5, 2012 | Hugo Martín
    The Dreamliner, with passengers, has finally landed. United Airlines landed its inaugural domestic flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft Sunday morning at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, becoming the first U.S. carrier to fly the composite-plastic-fuselage aircraft. The twin-aisle plane, delayed more than three years by production problems at Boeing Co., was designed to be about 20% more fuel efficient and less costly to maintain than similar-size planes. Half the plane is made of strong and light composite materials, including the fuselage and wings, instead of metal. …
  • Defect found in Boeing GE engine not isolated

    09/15/2012 7:55:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 52 replies
    Aiken Standard ^ | 15 Sept 2012 | Brendan Kearney
    The engine installed on every Boeing 787 built in South Carolina so far has a problem. The first sign something was wrong came on a Saturday afternoon in July when the second locally made Dreamliner experienced a pre-flight engine failure as it accelerated down the runway at Charleston International Airport. A month and a half later, the extent of the defect has become clearer — and bigger. The North Charleston incident was not isolated, as had been the original hope. Instead, two other General Electric-made GEnx engines have been found to suffer from a similar defect in the drive shaft....
  • Dreamliner jet “draws” Boeing logo across North America

    02/15/2012 6:58:22 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb 15 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A Boeing 787 jet took corporate loyalty to new heights when it "drew" the letters "787" followed by the company's logo across several thousand miles of North American skies. The etching of the letters and logo, while not visible from the ground, can be seen in the flight path plans.
  • Fast-growing airline Emirates orders 50 more Boeing 777s in record $18 billion deal

    11/13/2011 8:40:43 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    AP ^ | November 13, 2011 | ADAM SCHRECK
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's fast-growing airline Emirates kicked off the Middle East's biggest airshow Sunday with a huge order for 50 Boeing 777s, marking the U.S. aircraft maker's biggest-ever single order in dollar terms.
  • Boeing 787's inaugural flight lands in Hong Kong

    10/26/2011 8:09:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 26, 2011
    After a delay of more than three years, Boeing's much-hyped newest jet, the 787, made its first commercial flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong -- and landed on-time. The All Nippon Airways flight was packed mostly with aviation reporters and enthusiasts, some of whom paid thousands of dollars for the privilege and treated the experience like a rock concert, clapping after lift-off and snapping photos for posterity.
  • United Continental CEO says Boeing 787s coming in 2012

    09/30/2011 8:09:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2011
    As Japan welcomes the first Boeing 787, the world's largest carrier is patiently and anxiously waiting for its order. Jeff Smisek, head of the parent company for United and Continental airlines, on Thursday said he was last told by Boeing that the first of the 50 aircraft ordered by the company will be delivered to have in service in the second half of 2012. "We ordered that aircraft in December 2004. So I've been a very patient person," said Smisek, the president and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc.
  • After Years of Delays, Boeing 787 Dreamliner gets FAA Certification

    08/27/2011 5:42:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | August 26, 2011 | Staff
    <p>After years of setbacks and delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was certified Friday by the U.S. government as safe and ready to fly passengers.</p> <p>The official FAA certification was announced at a ceremony at the Boeing site in Everett, just a few weeks before the first scheduled delivery of the airliner to Japan's All Nippon Airways on Sept. 28. The aircraft was also certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency.</p>
  • Boeing's Dreamliner gets near-giddy reaction from aviation buffs at Oshkosh air show

    07/30/2011 8:14:43 AM PDT · by UB355 · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jon Hilkevitch
    OSHKOSH, Wis. Advertisement — A Boeing 787 Dreamliner decked out like a flying laboratory received a rousing welcome at its U.S. public debut Friday. The reception by thousands of aviation enthusiasts at the AirVenture air show rivaled the anticipation of airlines that are lined up to buy the first-of-its-kind jetliner. The Dreamliner promises to expand on the economy of jumbo jets, but in a smaller, 250-seat plane. The improvements will allow carriers to operate the 787 profitably on longer nonstop routes, such as Los Angeles to New Delhi, Boeing officials said. More than 50 airlines worldwide have placed orders for...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama versus Boeing--House GOP takes aim at job-killing regulators

    05/25/2011 5:31:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2011 | Editorial
    House Republicans are fighting back against President Obama’s misuse of administrative power to punish right-to-work states. On Tuesday, Rep. Tim Scott introduced legislation to protect a Boeing 787 Dreamliner production plant in his South Carolina district from the outrageous complaint filed by pro-union thugs at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The agency wants to force the airline manufacturer to close up operations in Charleston and move the jobs to Puget Sound, where the labor bosses reign, because setting up in South Carolina was allegedly an example of “unfair labor practices.” The Job Protection Act would, if enacted, clarify that...
  • NLRB Admits Boeing Complaint Applies To Every Business & State

    05/23/2011 1:13:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2011 | Fred Wszolek
    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to issue a complaint regarding the Boeing facility in South Carolina is a poorly veiled act of revenge against a company that refused to let Big Labor bosses decide its future. As seemingly ridiculous and unbelievable as the attack on the part of the U.S. Government against an American corporation seeking to create jobs at home is, the consequences that this precedent sets for businesses and their right to work is downright dangerous. The case in question came up when, Boeing, after negotiations with their union in Washington State broke down, decided to...
  • Dreamliner nightmare

    05/15/2011 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies
    JewishWorldReview ^ | 5/15/2011 | George Will
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. --- This summer, the huge Boeing assembly plant here will begin producing 787 Dreamliners — up to three a month, priced at $185 million apiece. It will, unless the National Labor Relations Board, controlled by Democrats and encouraged by Barack Obama’s reverberating silence, gets its way. Last month — 17 months after Boeing announced plans to build here and with the $2 billion plant nearing completion — the NLRB, collaborating with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), charged that Boeing’s decision violated the rights of its unionized workers in Washington state, where some Dreamliners are assembled...
  • Reid slams GOP ‘interference’ in Boeing labor clash

    05/11/2011 1:59:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2011 | Tim Devaney
    The Senate’s top Democrat on Wednesday harshly condemned what he said were “inappropriate” attempts by Republican lawmakers to intervene in a controversial labor dispute now before the National Labor Relations Board. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said the GOP moves were an attempt to “poison the decision-making process” in the increasingly bitter dispute over plans by aerospace giant Boeing Co. to open a major new, nonunion manufacturing plant for its premier 787 Dreamliner fleet in South Carolina. The NLRB, in a move that has outraged leading business groups and South Carolina officials, has issued a complaint about the...
  • Republicans accuse President Obama of ‘enemies list’ in Boeing case

    05/11/2011 7:05:32 AM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 05/11/2011 | James Rosen
    Business leaders and Republican politicians accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of punishing GOP states by trying to block Boeing from opening a major aircraft plant in South Carolina. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the National Labor Relations Board’s move to compel Boeing to build a second 787 Dreamliner factory at its hub in Everett, Wash., should alarm all governors and state leaders. The NLRB’s top lawyer, Lafe Solomon, filed a case in April charging Boeing with union- busting and retaliating for past strikes at its Puget Sound facilities in deciding to locate the Dreamliner assembly line in South...
  • Top Republicans demand Obama weigh in on Boeing dispute

    05/10/2011 10:42:39 AM PDT · by redk · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/10/11 | Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and a group of Republican senators demanded Tuesday that the Obama administration weigh in on the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing, saying the complaint could jeopardize thousands of South Carolina jobs and the future of free enterprise in the country. The NLRB's complaint alleges that Boeing decided to build a new 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina, a so-called "right-to-work" state, in retaliation against union workers in Washington state who had engaged in past strikes. The NRLB's Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon is seeking an order to keep that production...
  • Boeing illegally put second 787 line in S.C., complaint says

    04/20/2011 12:01:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | April 20, 2011 | Aubrey Cohen
    Boeing illegally put its second 787 Dreamliner assembly line in South Carolina in retaliation for strikes in Washington and should be required to build the line in Washington, according to a National Labor Relations Board complaint filed Wednesday. The board's acting general counsel filed the complaint in response to a charge that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union District 751, backed by the national union, filed on March 29, 2010. A board administrative law judge is scheduled to hear the case on June 14. The complaint says Boeing executives "made coercive statements to its employees that it...
  • Boeing’s biggest-ever plane makes maiden flight

    03/21/2011 8:47:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 100 replies
    Boeing Co.’s newest 747 passenger jet, the largest commercial plane it has ever built, took to the skies for the first time Sunday, marking the third maiden flight of a new Boeing commercial airplane in the past 15 months. (See video) Painted in its orange and red “sunrise” livery, the massive, four-engine 747-8 Intercontinental lifted off from Paine Field, north of Seattle, at 10 a.m. local time under partly cloudy skies and gusty northerly winds. At 250 feet long, the 747-8 is 18 feet longer than its predecessor.
  • The price of Boeing's 787 sales success

    12/21/2010 4:48:46 PM PST · by wolf78 · 5 replies · 2+ views
    FlightBlogger / Flightglobal ^ | December 21, 2010 | Jon Ostrower
    Inside: - How the 787 backlog was built - Predicable costs at 787's foundation - Scott Carson's ascent - Can the 787-9 undo the damage? - Looking at 17 787's per month - The revival of the 787-10 - Redrawing the supply chain lines Data obtained by FlightBlogger show Boeing's historic order backlog for the 787 was based partly on steep discounts driven by now-discarded design and manufacturing assumptions. Cost overruns, penalty payments and supply chain changes adopted in the last two years will force Boeing to achieve unprecedented cost-savings for the widebody to turn a profit even after delivering...
  • 787-10 back on the table as answer to A330-300

    12/20/2010 8:50:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 12/20/2010 | Scott Hamilton
    Even as Boeing continues to struggle with the 787-8 program, future planning calls for resurrecting plans for the 787-10 that have been on indefinite hold while working through technical issues and delays of the current model. Airbus has sold more A330s since the 787 program was announced than in the period leading up to the 787's launch. The A330-200 has been improved to now have an advertised 7,200nm range-nearly matching the low-end of the 787-8, according to Airbus estimates-and the A330-300 now has a 5,850nm range with more improvements planned to provide a few hundred miles more range. Nicole Piasecki,...
  • Qatar Airways may cancel Dreamliner order, warns CEO

    12/19/2010 9:31:44 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    arabian business.com ^ | 19 December 2010 | Ed Attwood
    Qatar Airways may cancel Dreamliner order, warns CEO Carrier may have ‘no alternative’ but to cancel orders if there are fresh delays, says Al Baker By Ed Attwood Sunday, 19 December 2010 Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has said he may have no alternative but to cancel orders for the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner if there are further delays in its delivery. The fast-growing airline has ordered 30 787s, plus 30 more as an option, although technical and labour problems with the ultra-modern part-composite aircraft has left the jet nearly three years behind its original schedule. “We are still...
  • Dreamliner's woes pile up

    12/19/2010 8:27:52 AM PST · by buzzer · 88 replies · 2+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 18, 2010 | Dominic Gates
    As Boeing prepares to announce yet another delay for the 787 Dreamliner — at least three months, possibly six or more — the crucial jet program is in even worse shape than it appears. The problems go well beyond the latest setback, an in-flight electrical fire last month that has grounded the test planes.
  • Electrical fire forces emergency landing of 787 test plane

    11/09/2010 7:13:20 PM PST · by Yossarian · 28 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/9/2010 | Dominic Gates
    A serious in-flight fire in the electric equipment bay of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight test plane forced an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, Tuesday. All aboard were safely evacuated on slides. The fire affected the cockpit controls and the jet lost its primary flight displays and its auto-throttle, according to a person familiar with the incident. The flight and engine controls, which on the Dreamliner are all-electric, weren't fully functional, this person said. A small emergency power generator called the Ram Air Turbine (RAT) that typically kicks in only when both primary and auxiliary power sources are lost was...
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner wing passes ultimate test

    03/28/2010 7:36:55 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 31 replies · 1,549+ views
    Seattle P I ^ | March 28, 2010 6:56 p.m. | Aubrey Cohen
    The wing of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passed its ultimate test Sunday, bending without damage to 150 percent of the load it is ever expected to experience in service.
  • No supersonic Boeing Dreamliner

    02/26/2010 8:16:02 AM PST · by skeptoid · 4 replies · 884+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 25, 2010 2:19 p.m. | Aubrey Cohen
    In 2002, Boeing executives opted for efficiency over speed in ditching the Sonic Cruiser for what became the 787 Dreamliner. So the flight-tracking Web site FlightAware provided a bit of a jolt Thursday when it reported the first 787 going supersonic above Washington.
  • Boeing Dreamliner Takes Off

    12/15/2009 10:45:31 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 28 replies · 2,211+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-15-09 | PETER SANDERS
    EVERETT, Wash.—Boeing Co.'s long-delayed 787 Dreamliner made its first flight on Tuesday morning under cold, cloudy skies, marking a milestone for the company's marquee commercial jetliner program that is running more than two years behind schedule. The first Dreamliner test aircraft rolled down runway 34 Left at Paine Field at 10:28 a.m. and smoothly lifted off, heading northbound. Thousands of people, including hundreds of Boeing employees, plane enthusiasts and media, gathered at the airfield, which is also the site of Boeing's wide-body jet factory, where the Dreamliners are assembled.
  • ZA001 stretches its legs

    12/14/2009 8:55:58 AM PST · by skeptoid · 13 replies · 740+ views
    FlightBlogger ^ | December 12, 2009 11:10 PM | Jon Ostrower
    Boeing's busy day on the ground kicked off at 6:30 AM with a flight readiness review that finalized receipt of the Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA. This regulatory clearance now puts the 787, with clearance to operate Part 91 operations, the same regulatory category as aircraft like the Cessna 172. Once the Experimental Airworthiness Certificate had been obtained, the aircraft was cleared for final taxi tests.
  • Boeing chooses South Carolina for second 787 plant

    10/28/2009 2:55:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies · 1,546+ views
    Dow Jones)--Boeing Co. on Wednesday announced it would build a second final assembly line for its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet in South Carolina, a move that spurns the powerful aircraft machinists' union that had been negotiating with Boeing to locate the work at the current factory near Seattle. Boeing has been laying the groundwork for a new factory in South Carolina for months and could begin construction at a facility it owns in North Charleston, S.C., as early as Nov. 2. The factory is expected to be operational by July 2011.