In separate developments, India is allowing A380 services and Indonesia’s Lion Air is tendering for larger capacity airliners than the 787s it had on order, citing growth and airport congestion issues at Jakarta.
This morning’s announcement that the FAA has approved a package of tests proposed by Boeing to certify its ‘permanent fix’ to the battery failure problems that grounded the Dreamliner 787s in January doesn’t say when two already approved test flights will take place, nor whether the the jet’s ETOPS approval will be affected.
The National Transportation Safety Board in the US has issued an urgent alert concerning the failures of a component in the GEnx engines mounted on some Dreamliner 787s and all 747-8 jets. Although Qantas has chosen this engine to power the 787-8s it has on firm order for Jetstar, they are not due for delivery […]
Seen in the wide view that comes with distance, the most interesting thing said at the Airbus 2012 New Year press conference in Hamburg was a reference by chief operating officer John Leahy to an investigation of the use of ‘sharklet’ wing tips on its mid-sized A330 wide body designs. Keep in mind that Leahy, […]
There is ample reason to believe the two new airliner programs, the Airbus A350, and the Boeing 737 MAX, are under severe pressure to reconcile marketing hype with engineering reality. For those who have been on Pluto, the former is a slightly scaled up mid sized wide body replacement for the existing Airbus A330 line […]
The previous report concerning the time warp at Qantas over its 787-9 deliveries for Jetstar, claimed to have been scheduled for July 2013 has caused a stir in Air New Zealand. So much so that it is apparently the reason for this statement a short while ago from Boeing. It says: “As Boeing 787-9 launch […]
Is there anything worse that a brilliant script killed by a crappy movie and a sound track for 12 year olds? Mike Carriker, the chief test pilot for the 787 Dreamliner knows how to explain the complexities and challenges of flights that qualify new airliners to the broader public. He speaks simply, clearly and with […]
Weather permitting the Dreamliner protoype ZA001 takes off around 27 months late at 5 am eastern Australian time tomorrow and live coverage can be streamed from the link on this banner at the NewAirplane site. Among the best illustrated guides to the flight testing and certification program is this feature by Dominic Gates on The […]
Jon Ostrower’s report on heavier specifications for the 787 Dreamliners clarifies some of the uncertainties about the capabilities Boeing will be selling for its ultra light-weight high composite medium sized jets. There is nothing surprising in manufacturers increasing the weight of new airliners to ensure they meet original specifications, although for some time now there […]