Boeing's Low Production Rate

The Boeing Company, the American multinational corporation that manufactures and sells airplanes, has recently announced that they anticipate a drop in the number of airplanes they deliver this year. This announcement was made by Boeing executives during the company’s quarterly earnings call. Following a record year in 2015 with 762 airplanes delivered, the Boeing Company expects to deliver around 740 to 745 airplanes in 2016.

This decrease in production is due to the company’s transition from the Boeing 737NG to the 737 Max at their production line in Renton, Washington. The decline in airplane production is also due in part to Boeing’s announcement that they would lower the production of the 747-8 to only six per year.

“This year you’ll see a bit of a transition because of the Max [and] a temporary reduction in revenue, top line if you will, as a result,” said Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO of the Boeing Company. “But we can tell you very clearly that our long-term view here is increasing top and bottom line performance and cash growth year-over-year.”

Muilenburg stated that the transition from the Boeing 737NG to the Boeing 737 Max will result in a drop of around 12 airplanes. This is due to the necessity for two Max test articles to be built, as well as the need for “build ahead” airplanes to be prepped for delivery in 2017.

“We indicated last year that we did not anticipate the production rate on the program going below seven per month,” Muilenburg said. “In solidifying our production plan over the last few months we can confirm that view.”

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Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft successfully completed its first flight on January 29, 2016. The Aircraft took off from a rainy tarmac in Renton, Washington and proceeded to take part in flight tests for about three hours before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle. This issue-less flight of the new aircraft marks a step toward the company’s scheduled delivery of approximately 12 737 MAX aircraft by the end of 2017.

The 737 MAX aircraft is the fourth version of the original 737, which made its first flight in 1967 and has since become one of the company’s most profitable aircraft. It features new engines manufactured by CFM International and offers other refinements that improve fuel efficiency by 14 percent. The 737 Max is meant to compete with Airbus’ A320neo which had its first delivery to Lufthansa Airline earlier this month. The first customer schedule to receive Boeing’s 737 MAX is Southwest Airlines and Boeing is expecting to deliver this first 737 MAX aircraft in 2017.

Analysts were surprised on Wednesday when Boeing said in a statement that the company was planning on reducing production of the current generation 737 to focus on the production of 737 MAX. This announcement led to a drop in value of the company’s stock by 8.9 percent and on the day of the announcement the company’s stock closed at $116.58. This was the company’s biggest daily decline in the value of its stock since October 2001. However, many analysts believe that Boeing’s shares are likely to recover as long as the company’s outlook on having a positive cash flow remains strong, as well as its commitment to dividends and share buybacks.

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SSJ100

In Moscow, CityJet announced that it will buy 15 of the SSJ100 planes. SSJ100 is short for Sukhoi Superjet 100. CityJet is an Irish regional airline that planes on potentially purchasing these planes in Russia to Air France, which is considered a French carrier. With this purchase, CityJet will also have the option of purchasing 10 more of the SSJ100 planes sometime later in October 2016.

The contract between Air France and CityJet is due to be signed in February which will allow for the first three aircrafts to be delivered sometime before the end of this year after the planes get certified to be operated on the short runway at London City Airport.

According the source, “It is being discussed, it is up to CityJet. We just sell them airplanes. It is their commercial affairs. Among those interested in wet lease there is Air France.”
Air France might be provided a wet lease to CityJet. Here is what Sputnik News describes a wet lease as:
“A wet lease is where an airline provides a plane together with crew, maintenance and insurance to another airline which pays according to the hours operated.”

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is considered a twin engine regional passenger airliner. It was commercialized in 2011 and has its maiden flight around 2008.

Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, or SCA, has well over 60 Sukhoi Superjet 100’s that are in flight and in operation. Over 25 of the 60 are operated by Aeroflot airline, which is a Russian airline. 19 of these planes are owned by Interjet, which is a Mexican airline. 10 of the planes are owned by Gazpromavia, another Russian airline.

Air France was founded on October 7th, 1933 and now holds a fleet size of 235 and has over 200 destinations. CityJet was founded in 1992 and now holds a fleet size of 18 and has 18 destinations.

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wings ice-free

Rice University has developed a break-through discovery in graphene nanoribbons. This thin coating in epoxy has been tested and shown to be remarkably effective at being able to melt the ice on a helicopter blade. Developed by Rice lab chemist James Tour, the American Chemical Society Journal reports that this coating has been back tested and is a real-time solution as a de-icer for virtually any surface having exposure to extreme winter elements such as transmission lines, wind turbines, and most importantly the aircraft itself. The lab laboriously and meticulously tested the thin coating in minus-4 degree weather. Examples of tests include applying it on a static helicopter rotor blade and amazingly when the coating came into contact with a small electrical voltage it produced Joule heating which is an electrothermal heat that instantaneously melted the ice.

This is made possible by the nanoribbons which is a conduit for electricity and would interconnect at a much lower loading level than other traditional methods. By unzipping the nanotubes, the nanoribbons became extremely conductive. The chemist at Rice were able to cross-examine previous testing to show that radar domes and glass can be de-iced through film which can be observed by the naked human eye. Perhaps the biggest advantage of this Graphene Composite which is obscenely expensive should you produce them in a large sheet, the composite could be easily applied at airports which would result in massive reductions in expenditures by the airports who are progressively moving towards a more environmentally friendly approach.

Testing by the Rice labs show that the nanoribbons comprised of just 5% of the composite held up perfectly in temperatures of 200 degrees Fahrenheit all the way up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The composite even provided an outer layer of electromagnetic protection that shielded the aircraft from lightning strikes! The studies and testing performed at Rice University were funded for and supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Carson Helicopter.

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Boeing’s Unique Plane Design

The Boeing Company, the American multinational corporation which is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, has recently received a patent for a strange and unique airplane design. The design features an airplane which is capable of lowering onto shipping containers, at which point, the aircraft then locks the containers into place. The unorthodox design is equipped with a broad fuselage which opens underneath the airplane for the shipping containers to slot into. The landing gear of this unique design is wider than the shipping containers.

Cargo airplanes which are currently operating typically do not use the standard intermodal shipping containers which you can commonly see on cargo trains as well as cargo ships. Rather, freight carried on airplanes are transported using the unit load device (ULD) system. This system divides cargo into smaller containers, which are then placed onto pallets for transportation in both standard passenger aircrafts as well as cargo airplanes. Boeing’s unique design would allow for transportation via air freight in standardized containers in order to expedite the shipping process. Boeing’s design also allows the aircraft to carry more cargo.

“The aircraft may transport standard 20-foot or 40-foot containers or lighter versions of such containers that otherwise have the same form and features as the standard intermodal containers,” the patent states. “The intermodal containers may be loaded through an opening in the bottom of the fuselage. Specifically, intermodal containers may be arranged into a row. The aircraft may be then rolled over this row of containers and lowered onto the containers followed by engaging container corners.”

An aircraft which can lower its entire body, then lift more than 12 shipping containers would require a significant amount of design work and testing in order to accomplish. Only time will tell if Boeing decides to further pursue this patent design.

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 Airbus aircrafts

In light of its recently lifted sanctions Iran is looking to strengthen its airline fleet and taking first steps towards this goal the country’s officials signed two agreements covering orders of new aircrafts as well as a comprehensive civil aviation co-operation package. The agreements were made known recently during Iranian President, Hassan Rohani’s official visit to France. Iran Air has since signed an agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of a full range of new Airbus aircrafts of which 45 of them are single aisle aircrafts and 73 of them are wide-bodied aircrafts. Also included in this deal are maintenance training and support services meant to help Iran Air get acquainted with commercial aviation services.

In addition to the signed agreement with Airbus, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Dr. Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi has also signed a comprehensive co-operation agreement meant to help modernize the country’s civil aviation sector and provide support to the development of airport operations, air navigation services, regulatory harmonization, etc.

Iran Air Chairman and CEO, Farhad Parvaresh signed the agreement for 118 new aircrafts which will includes 12 A380s, 16 A350-1000s, 18 A330neos, 21 A320ceos, 27 A330ceos and 24 A320neos. After the announcement was made about the two agreements Mr Parvaresh stated that

"Today’s announcement is the start of re-establishing our civil aviation sector into the envy of the region and along with partners like Airbus we’ll ensure the highest world standards.” In similar fashion Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Bregier went on to say that “The skies have cleared for Iran’s flying public and Airbus is proud to welcome Iran’s commercial aviation back into the international civil aviation community. Today is a significant step in the overhaul and modernization of Iran’s commercial aviation sector and Airbus stands ready to play its role in supporting it.”

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29 A320neo Family Jets

The Bahrain International Airshow was abuzz with news on Thursday about Gulf Air’s order for 17 Airbus A321neos and 12 Airbus A320neos. Appearing alongside Bahraini government officials and Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier, Gulf Air CEO Maher Salman Al Musallam made the order announcement and spoke about simplifying the airline’s fleet structure with the procurement of these additional aircrafts. The airline’s current fleet consist of 6 A330-200s and 22 A320s and the acquisition of 29 new aircrafts are meant to fit seamlessly into this fleet. In his statement concerning the deal Al Mussallam went on to state that

“This restructured order meets Gulf Air’s future fleet requirement and our network expansion plans,” and in addition to that “As a result, I now look forward to furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process while supporting our network and overall passenger experience enhancement strategies.”

The restructuring exercise at Gulf Air originally began in 2012, when in an attempt to increase revenue and compete with the long haul services provided by Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, Gulf Air replaced an order for 20 A330s with a different one for 8 A320ceos and 16 A320neos. The airline’s long-haul service plans are now centered on using Boeing Dreamliners and just prior to its announcement concerning the Airbus order, Gulf Air confirmed that it had changed delivery orders for 16 787-8s and replaced them with orders for larger 787-9s instead. Gulf Air has also made plans to provide more services throughout states in the Gulf Cooperation Council. These services will focus on narrow-body aircrafts and the airline is currently in negotiation with Bombardier for 10 C Series jets.

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Honda recently announced that it has begun deliveries of the HondaJet, the worlds most advanced lightweight jet. Honda Aircraft Company made a ceremonial delivery of its first aircraft at its world headquarters in Greensboro, NC. This milestone comes after a December announcement that the company was awarded a type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the HondaJet an aircraft which Honda claims is that fastest (at 483mph) and most fuel efficient in its class. The company credits the HondaJet's performance and efficiency to its configuration, with engines mounted over natural-laminar flow wings and fuselage made from lightweight composite materials. The jet also includes an “Over The Wing" Engine Mount design that has enabled it to achieve high speeds, superior fuel efficiency, and a more spacious cabin over conventional aircraft in its class.

“We are very excited to commence deliveries of the HondaJet, fulfilling Honda’s commitment to advancing human mobility through innovation,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Honda Aircraft has now extended this commitment skyward with the delivery of our first aircraft, and I hope we soon will begin to see many HondaJets at airports around the world.”

The HondaJet will be manufactured by Honda Aircraft Company at its world headquarters in Greensboro, NC and the aircraft will be available for sale in North America, South America and Europe through the HondaJet dealer network. Honda Aircraft has also developed a robust worldwide dealer network in 11 territories, to help support HondaJet customers. HondaJet dealers are ready to support aircraft admittance into service, together with a 90,000 square-foot customer service facility in Greensboro that will support the dealer network with heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (renovation) capabilities.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways is poised to announce a deal with Airbus Group for 12 A350-1000 jets. The list price of this deal will be approximately $4.3 billion and through this deal Virgin hopes to strengthen its wide-body leisure fleet. Virgin will probably purchase nine of the twin-engine planes directly from Airbus while leasing three from leasing firms, whatever the case the U.K. based airline has its sights set on having more fuel efficient jets such as the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 777 replace the four engine Boeing 747s jumbos that currently form the core of its long-haul leisure fleet.

2014 saw Virgin Atlantic return to profitability after previous less than successful business endeavors. The airline’s comeback was bolstered by a partnership with Delta Airlines and its increase in profitability has been made possible by changes to its transportation routes with Virgin refocusing its transportation routes on trans-Atlantic routes. According to Erik Varwijk, Virgin Atlantic’s Executive Vice President, the airline is hoping to have new jets by late 2018 or early 2019 a couple of years after Airbus plans on beginning deliveries for its A350-1000 model meaning that the A350-1000 model may be the aircraft chosen by Virgin. Boeing’s 777x model doesn’t come out till 2020 but that doesn’t disqualify the US based Airline Manufacturer and Virgin may still look at picking up some of Boeing’s current 777 jets. Throughout the years Virgin has been working on trimming cost by eliminating four-engine planes such as the Airbus A340-300 and the A340-600. Plans are also in the works to eliminate Boeing 747s.

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Bombardier challenger

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft closes out the year with a great deal with China Express Airlines. The Airlines increases their purchase of CRJ900 Jetliners with 10 more jetliners which brings them to a total 38 to service the Chinse Express Airlines. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has successfully delivered 20 of the CRJ900 jetliners up to date. The value of this purchase will approximately cost the Chinese Airlines 462.6 million US. Dollars.

China Express was established in the year 2006 and now services over 62 cities in China to the middle and lower classes.

“China Express is committed to providing air services to people in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities in Chin. Our mission is to improve the connectivity by air for those communities,"

said Wu Longjiang, President, China Express Airlines.

“The CRJ900 is the right aircraft for our cooperation with major airlines on code sharing and connecting flights, as well as cooperation with cities. It offers excellent economics and reliability and is well liked by our passengers. We continue to expand our fleet with these fine aircraft to serve both current and future demand and destinations.”

With this great purchase it leaves Bombardier with 409 confirmed orders for the CRJ900 aircraft alone. CRJ series aircrafts as a whole is at a total of 1883 firm orders and now services over 90 operators domestic and internationally. Bombardier has developed the CRJ900 aircraft immensely compared to its earlier models leaving the CRJ900s fuel burn reducing by 5.5 per cent and operating in over 20 Airlines which is clearly seen by many.

“Our 2015-2034 Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast expects delivery of some 900 60 to 100 seat airlines to China during the forecast period and the CRJ900 regional jet is proving to a perfect fit in that market segment”

said by Vice president of Sales, China and North Asia, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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