Topic archives: Dreamliner

Qantas defers 16 jets and fires another 500 top managers

April 14, 2009 1

Qantas this morning cut its estimated profit before tax for the full year to June 30 from previous guidance of $500 million to between $100-200 million. At the lower limit, this approaches the Virgin Blue guidance for its profits from domestic and regional international flights for the same year before taking on board heavy costs […]

The 777, the 787 and Qantas

April 3, 2009 2

Hardly a day goes by when industry contacts don’t reflect on the folly of Qantas failing to order the Boeing 777. Not just the current versions of the jet, but back in the late 90s when the higher gross weight version of the 777-200, which became branded as the -200ER became available. No one really […]

More rude wake up calls for airline investors

February 6, 2009 1

This morning’s cancellation of another 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, this time by Dubai based leasing company LCAL, has almost nothing to do with that airliner’s problems and everything to do with something far more worrying for all airlines and their shareholders regardless of their size or the aircraft they use. The problem is finance. There […]

Boeing still doesn’t get it

January 29, 2009 3

Boeing provided more insights into its decline into incompetency overnight which deserve to be studied by large businesses in general. Chief executive Jim McNerny said that it would cut a total of 10,000 jobs this year in response to the effects of the global financial crisis, saying “We must prepare the company, including being more […]

Why the Singapore Airlines Paris match could burn Qantas

January 20, 2009 2

Singapore Airlines has confirmed rumours that its next A380 destination is Paris. The puffery that accompanies the announcement of daily links between its Australian flights and a new daily schedule for the giant Airbus between Singapore and Paris from 1 June doesn’t go into the strategic implications for Qantas but they are considerable. Qantas has […]

787 wing rumor unofficially denied

December 15, 2008

OK, start breathing again. After a whole day Boeing has said nothing about the delamination rumors but Flightblogger has spoken to his sources and established they are false. It is troubling that Boeing can’t make the effort to speak openly and accurately about this program.

Is the wing peeling apart on the 787?

December 14, 2008

Boeing must urgently address US rumors in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and referenced on Jon Ostrower’s Flightblogger here that the wing on the static test 787 Dreamliner in Everett is delaminating. The key weight saving feature of the 787 is the extensive use of reinforced sheets of carbon fibre bonded together with an epoxy resin and […]

Dreamliner latest; It’s very late

December 12, 2008 2

Boeing has announced that the Dreamliner 787 will not fly until the second quarter of next year, and that the first of the ‘plastic fantastics’ will not be delivered to All Nippon Airways until sometime in the first quarter of 2010. But on 26 September Boeing said the prototype of the medium sized twin engined […]

Secret Airbus dossier blows away the Dreamliner cover up

December 4, 2008 1

Flightblogger, Jon Ostrower is offering downloads of an astonishing internal Airbus dossier on Boeing’s problems with the very late Dreamliner 787 project which is of critical importance to the route developments and efficiency gains Qantas wants it to deliver for itself and Jetstar. Airbus appears to have gained its intelligence from inside the dysfunctional outsourced […]

787 wing box video is up, but early performance claim is down

November 19, 2008 7

The video of the destructive testing of the Dreamliner wing has been posted by Boeing. While the failure load isn’t shown the commentary says it had reached the certification target of 150% of maximum aerodynamic load before it broke at the place in the structure predicted by the designers. In New Zealand where Air NZ […]

Dreamliner wings: Half broken or half fixed?

November 17, 2008

Boeing isn’t revealing more about the destructive testing of the wing box of the 787 Dreamliner until Tuesday US time. Video highlights will be then posted. The editing process seems to be as glacial as the project itself. Earlier today we mistakenly believed there was to be a press conference on the same day. Apparently […]

Breaking news, Dreamliner wing box snaps

Breaking news, Dreamliner wing box snaps

November 16, 2008

This is the first picture of the broken wing box on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has been tested to destruction in Everett near Seattle. It isn’t yet clear if this is good news or bad news. The wing box was meant to break at not less than 150% of the maximum stress load anticipated […]

Speechless in Seattle

November 15, 2008

Boeing has announced ‘adjustments’ to the delivery dates for the 748 freighter and 748i passenger jet, both of them the final models of their type in the long history of the 747. The slippery wording of the announcement really means the freighter version is running one year late into the last quarter of 2010 and […]

Boeing’s Dreamliner trapped on Second Earth

September 26, 2008 1

Boeing’s Dreamliner project set a new marker for fantasy overnight when launch customer All Nippon Airways said it had reached agreement to take delivery of the first of the plastic twin engined 300 passenger airliners next August. The 787-8 prototype has yet to fly. It has a flight test schedule of nine months. It has […]