Japanese Minister To Review F-X

By Bradley Perrett Nov 11, 2020
A Japanese minister charged with improving efficiency will hold a public review of the F-X program for a new Japanese fighter on Nov. 14.
Aircraft & Propulsion

NASA Seeks Industry Input On Subsonic Transport X-plane Planning

By Graham Warwick Nov 10, 2020
NASA is polling industry on technologies that have a high probability of being used in new single-aisle airliners entering service in 2030-35. 

Fuselage Components Arrive For UK Wedgetail Conversion Process 

By Tony Osborne Nov 03, 2020
Boeing has delivered fuselage sections for the UK Royal Air Force’s first two E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning platforms.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Accenture A&D Survey Reflects Sobering Executive Outlook

By Michael Bruno Oct 29, 2020
For sure, 2020 will go down as the worst year for commercial aviation since World War II, but the question increasingly is, will 2021 be much better?…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Top-Tier OEMs, Suppliers See Slow Aftermarket Recovery

By Sean Broderick Oct 28, 2020
Top-tier manufacturers and suppliers are not banking on a quick commercial aftermarket rebound, financial figures and commentary from 2020 third-quarter (Q3) earnings calls underscore. 
Supply Chain

Boeing Validates COVID-19 Cleaning Solutions In ‘Live’ Test

By Chen Chuanren Oct 22, 2020
In a joint study with the University of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Sciences, Boeing said it confirmed that all current anti-bacterial solutions used in the industry are effective in protecting against viruses, including COVID-19.
Interiors & Connectivity

Boeing Drops 10-Year Global Delivery Forecast 11%, Citing Pandemic

By Guy Norris Oct 06, 2020
Boeing’s updated commercial forecast sees customers taking 11% fewer new deliveries in the next decade than it projected a year ago as the industry slowly emerges from the demand crisis created by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing ATS May Be Assembled In Queensland

By Bradley Perrett Oct 05, 2020
A Boeing loyal-wingman drone under development in Australia may be assembled in the northeastern state of Queensland.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Confirms 787 Production Consolidation In South Carolina

By Sean Broderick Oct 01, 2020
Boeing on Oct. 1 confirmed that it will consolidate production and final assembly of its most advanced commercial product, the 787, at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility, in 2021.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Announces Team For NGI Contract Bid

By Steve Trimble Sep 24, 2020
The Boeing-led team will compete for the Next Generation Interceptor engineering and manufacturing development contract against Lockheed Martin and a Northrop Grumman/Raytheon team. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

UK Mulling Reduced Wedgetail Order

By Tony Osborne Sep 22, 2020
The UK defense ministry is reportedly considering reducing the number of Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft it plans to purchase.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Concerns Expressed Over 737 MAX Redundancy, Manual Trim

By Sean Broderick Sep 21, 2020
Calls for an additional angle-of-attack indicator and concerns over the flight crew’s ability to manually trim the aircraft in an emergency are among the issues highlighted in the initial set of comments on the FAA’s proposed requirements to approve the Boeing 737 MAX’s service return. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Aware Of Pilot-Response Issues During MAX Certification, Report Finds

By Sean Broderick Sep 16, 2020
WASHINGTON—A U.S. Congressional report on the Boeing 737 MAX reveals that while Boeing learned during the model’s development that pilots might not…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Northrop Wins $13.3 Billion GBSD Contract

By Lee Hudson Sep 09, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $13.3 billion contract to replace the nation’s aging intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)…
Missile Defense & Weapons

Union Chief: Boeing Has Not Discussed 787 Plans With Machinists

By Sean Broderick Aug 24, 2020
Boeing and the Seattle-area based machinists union that represent thousands of its factory workers have not held talks related to the company’s study…
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Taps Oregon Air National Guard Unit As First F-15EX Home

By Lee Hudson Aug 18, 2020
U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett notified the Oregon Air National Guard Aug. 14 that its Portland base will be the first to replace its aging F-15C/D Eagles with the updated F-15EXs.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Boeing CFO: No More Debt Fundraising For Now

By Michael Bruno Aug 06, 2020
Boeing does not expect to issue more debt to raise funds at this time, the company’s chief financial officer said Aug. 5, but management will “keep all our options open” through the "dynamic" COVID-19 and 737 MAX crises .
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Comms Chief Resigns After 1987 Op-Ed Resurfaces

By Steve Trimble Jul 03, 2020
Niel Golightly resigned on July 2 as Boeing’s chief communications officer after an employee complained about his 1987 article in the Naval Institute’s Proceedings journal that argued against allowing women to serve in combat.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Extends KC-46A Testing For Three Years

By Steve Trimble Jun 08, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has extended initial operational testing on the Boeing KC-46A for at least three years.
Aircraft & Propulsion

A&D Primes Sell Consultancy Exostar to Private Equity

Jun 02, 2020
U.S. defense prime contractors and aerospace OEMs will sell their 20-year-old industry consultancy Exostar to private equity buyer Thoma Bravo
Supply Chain

Boeing Formally Restarts 737 MAX Production

By Guy Norris May 28, 2020
The move marks another milestone in a gradual recovery for the aircraft program, which has been grounded since March 2019.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Air Force Kicks Off Skyborg UAS Integration Phase

By Steve Trimble May 19, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has kicked off the integration phase of the Skyborg unmanned air system (UAS) program, with several contract awards worth up to …
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Building Confidence From The Top Down

By Sean Broderick May 15, 2020
Boeing and Embraer are not working closely together—quite the opposite, in fact, given the recent, last-minute breakup of their proposed commercial union. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Taps Delaney To Lead Pandemic Response Initiative

By Sean Broderick May 14, 2020
Boeing has tapped long-time executive and former head of commercial engineering Mike Delaney to lead what the company sees as a pan-industry…
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Spirit Aero Lays Off 1,400 More After Airbus, Boeing Cuts

By Michael Bruno May 01, 2020
The largest aerostructures provider to Airbus, Boeing and other aircraft makers will lay off around 1,450 more workers at its Wichita headquarters campus.
Aircraft & Propulsion