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

Boeing Files to Issue New Bonds, Hinting At Major New Financing

By Michael Bruno Apr 30, 2020
Boeing on April 30 filed regulatory notice that it could raise an undetermined amount of new debt financing through newly issued bonds, coming a day after the company’s chief executive outlined a grim outlook, albeit better than feared by the marketplace.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Podcast: Why Was Embraer Left at the Altar?

Apr 30, 2020
Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia joins Aviation Week editors on Check 6 to discuss the sudden collapse of the $4.2 billion tie-up and its implications for both companies—and for Airbus.
Aerospace

Boeing Cuts Widebody Rates; Pushes Out Next New Program

By Guy Norris Apr 29, 2020
Boeing will slow production of 777 and 787 widebody twinjets as well as development of the next new aircraft program as it continues restructuring to…
Aircraft & Propulsion

The Breaking Of A New World Order

Jerrold Lundquist Apr 28, 2020
Opinions On Current Issues In Aviation
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Announces South Carolina 787 Restart Plan

By Guy Norris Apr 27, 2020
Production of the 787 at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina facility is set to resume in early May following the company’s decision to reopen…
Aircraft & Propulsion

New Boeing CEO Shuffles Management In Reorganization

By Michael Bruno Apr 22, 2020
Boeing is reorganizing top managers and their duties, the company said late April 21, in what is the first headquarters overhaul under relatively new CEO and president David Calhoun.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Canaccord Survey Sees 25% Drop In MRO This Year

By Sean Broderick Apr 21, 2020
The commercial aftermarket could see a 50% decline in year-over-year sales during the 2020 second quarter before beginning what will likely be a long…
Maintenance & Training

Daily Memo: The MAX Returns To A Changed World

By Sean Broderick Apr 17, 2020
When the next Boeing 737 MAX rolls off the assembly line sometime later this year, it will roll into a very different world than when production was…
Aircraft & Propulsion

FAA To Order MAX Engine Cowl Component Upgrade

By Sean Broderick Apr 17, 2020
The FAA plans to require Boeing 737 MAX operators to replace a poorly designed engine-access door component with an updated version.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Boeing Announces Phased-In Return To Commercial Production

By Guy Norris Apr 16, 2020
Boeing plans to resume production of its widebody commercial aircraft in the Puget Sound area factories starting as early as April 20 following…
Aerospace

Boeing Begins Wiring Modifications On Stored MAXs

By Sean Broderick Apr 16, 2020
Boeing has begun modifying stabilizer control wiring on its stored Boeing 737 MAX fleet—one of several tasks that must be completed before the aircraft can be handed over to customers.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Orders And Delivery Slump Accelerates As Market Shrinks

By Guy Norris Apr 14, 2020
Updated Boeing commercial airliner figures for 2020 through March reveal dramatic order cancellations and reduced deliveries as the air transport market continues to nosedive in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Pauses South Carolina 787 Work

By Sean Broderick Apr 06, 2020
Boeing will suspend its 787 production and some related work at its North Charleston, South Carolina facility on April 8 “until further notice,”…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Suspends Puget Sound Work Indefinitely; Spirit Reassesses

By Michael Bruno Apr 06, 2020
Boeing’s suspension of aircraft production at its major Puget Sound and Moses Lake, Washington, campuses has been extended “until further notice,” the OEM said April 5.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Boeing Suspending Philadelphia Production Amid Pandemic

By Tony Osborne Apr 03, 2020
Boeing will suspend production at its Philadelphia facilities for two weeks as Pennsylvania battles against the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supply Chain

Boeing Seeks Volunteer Layoffs, Foreshadows Production Changes

By Michael Bruno Apr 02, 2020
Boeing is offering a voluntary layoff plan in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and acknowledged its product portfolio may change—and likely decrease—as the coronavirus pandemic drives a historic halt across aerospace and aviation.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Announces New Major Deficiency On KC-46

By Lee Hudson Mar 31, 2020
Excessive fuel leaks discovered in July are severe enough the government thinks that lives or critical assets could be at risk.
Aircraft & Propulsion