With the first flight of the Airpower Teaming System under its belt, Boeing Australia is producing more of the unmanned aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force’s Loyal Wingman demonstration program, the U.S. Force’s Skyborg autonomy initiative, and other customers.
Boeing failed to meet its obligations in five of 12 areas specified in a 2015 agreement with the FAA that required various safety and quality-control improvements in its Commercial Airplanes division and will pay $5.4 million in new penalties as a result, the FAA said Feb. 25.
Despite the Southeast Asian market being severely battered by the pandemic-related downturn, Boeing remains optimistic about the region’s long-term potential, predicting 1,590 new aircraft deliveries this decade.
Boeing’s struggles to get 787 deliveries back on track amid production issues and needed pre-delivery re-work are showing few signs of easing, executives with a key customer and major supplier suggest.
Boeing says that its recently completed deal with Tata-Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) to build 737 vertical fins in India will augment rather than replace existing fin production in China and South Korea.
Boeing cautioned the White House against pursuing a COVID-19 testing proposal for domestic air travelers, warning such a policy would produce “severe unintended consequences” that far outweigh any potential public health benefits.
Regulatory scrutiny that will add at least a year to Boeing’s 777X certification program goes beyond the flight-control system and stems primarily from concerns being voiced by EASA, multiple sources confirmed to Aviation Week.
Boeing is taking the first tentative steps towards an all-new airliner designed to compete with the Airbus A321XLR and, despite the current cost and market headwinds, has begun sounding out suppliers for provisional requests for information.
Contrasting Boeing’s strategic direction against that of Airbus, which in 2020 unveiled concepts for liquid hydrogen fueled zero emissions airliners for potential entry-into-service in 2035, company CEO Dave Calhoun said SAFs are “the only answer between now and 2050.”
Sikorsky and Boeing have taken the wraps off their Defiant X offering for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft requirement, and the design differs only in detail externally from the SB-1 Defiant technology demonstrator now in flight test.
The Apache will be introduced from 2025, Australian defense minister Linda Reynolds announced Jan. 15, adding that the Boeing helicopter represented the “most lethal, most survivable and lowest-risk” option.