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Boeing begins assembling the first 737 MAX

American airframer Boeing has tarted building the first 737 MAX. Last week, the company started to assemble the wings, which are the first 737 components to be assembled in the Renton production process for the first 737 MAX flight test airplane. Machine operators loaded 737 MAX wing skin panels and stringers into the new panel assembly line that uses automation …

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LEAP-1B for the Boeing 737 MAX begins flight test program

The First Flight of the LEAP-1B on a modified Boeing 747 testbed. Boeing Image.

American airframer Boeing and engine manufacturer CFM International have successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California. The LEAP-1B engine is the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX family. The testing is the next major milestone in a two-year program that will culminate in …

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ANA to operate all variants of the 787

All Nippon Airways' first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at current list prices. With this order ANA will become the first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners. ANA is the launch customer of the 787 and is currently the largest 787 operator in the world …

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Boeing 747-8i receives 330 minute ETOPS approval

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH at Frankfurt airport

American airframer Boeing has received 330-minute Extended Operations approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the first time a four-engine airplane has received this type of design approval. Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) has been a requirement for twin-engine airplanes since the 1980s, the regulations have recently been applied to the …

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Boeing delivers first Charleston built 787-9 dreamliner

American airframer Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility to United Airlines. The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered. The aircraft is the fourth 787-9 for United Airlines. The airline has a total of 16 787’s in service including 12 787-8s. Beverly …

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Scoot takes delivery of it’s first Dreamliner

Singapore based low cost carrier Scoot has taken delivery of it’s first 787 dreamliner. The aircraft is a Boeing 787-9 which bears the registration 9V-OJA and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The airline will take delivery of an additional 19 787 Dreamliners. The airplanes were originally ordered by it’s parent company Singapore Airlines, which included ten 787-9 and …

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Royal Air Maroc recieves it’s first 787 Dreamliner

American air-framer Boeing has delivered Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc’s first 787 Dreamliner. The airline will be the first carrier in the Mediterranean region to operate the 787. The airplane bearing the registration CN-RGB is powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B engines, was delivered to the airline on Dec. 31, 2014 from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center. The aircraft then …

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Kuwait Airways orders 10 Boeing 777-300ERs

A CGI of a Kuwait Airways Boeing 777-300ER. Boeing Image.

Kuwait Airways has finalized an order for 10 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $3.3 billion at current list prices. These aircraft will join the airlines existing 777 fleet of two 777-200ER. The airline originally announced its intent to order the 777-300ER in November. Rasha Al Roumi, CEO, Kuwait Airways “Kuwait Airways has plans to renew its fleet as well …

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Boeing delivers Azerbaijan airlines’ first 787

Azerbaijan Airlines today took delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. With this delivery, Azerbaijan Airlines becomes the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787. The aircraft is registered VP-BBR and is powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B engines. Jahangir Askerov, President, Azerbaijan Airlines “We are delighted to receive this revolutionary airplane, which will help …

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Boeing delivers Malaysia Airlines 100th 737

American airframer Boeing celebrated the 100th 737 direct delivery to Malaysia Airlines last Friday. The aircraft bears the registration 9M-MXY. The airline has a long history of operating the 737, having taken delivery of its first 737, a 737-200, in 1972. The carrier has operated the 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 and 737-800. Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, group chief executive officer, Malaysia …

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Indian Navy receives sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol and sub hunter aircraft

Indian Navy tail IN325, sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

The Indian Navy’s sixth and newest Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has arrived INS Rajali better known as Arokkanam naval air station, about 55 km west of Chennai. Tail number IN325 arrived on November 24th on schedule. The final two deliveries of the eight aircraft order are scheduled in 2015. The P-8I is the Indian Navy’s version of the famed …

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Boeing selects Toray Industries for $8.6B 777X composites wing supply

Boeing 777-9X CGI wing view. Boeing image.

US Airframer Boeing has extended its agreement with Toray Industries of Japan, the current supplier of composite materials wings for the 787 Dreamliner to include wings for the 777X. The 777X is a modification of the extremely popular 777 twin-jet ‘mini-jumbo’and is expected to enter service in 2020. The wingspan of the 777X measures 71.7 meters (235.4 feet), about 6.95 …

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Boeing donates one of the original 787-8 Dreamliners to Museum of Flight, Seattle

787 Vice President and General Manager Larry Loftis (right) hands the ceremonial keys over to The Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King

US airframer Boeing has donated of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington state, USA. Airframe ZA003 is the third 787-8 produced and was used for flight testing and certification of the new aircraft. It was subsequently used for the ‘Dream Tour’ during 2011 and 2012, flying to 23 countries and showcasing …

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Boeing begins to manufacture the first parts for the 737 MAX

The first 737 MAX fuselage stringer.

Boeing has started production of the first parts destined for the new 737 MAX. The fuselage stringers are being manufactured at Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Washington. The stringers run the length of the fuselage structure giving it stability and strength. After forming, the stringers will be sent to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas for incorporation into the first …

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Avolon places an order for Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 737 MAX 9s

Boeing and leasing company Avolon have finalized an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five additional 737 MAX 9s, valued at more than $2.1 billion at list prices. Avolon announced a commitment to purchase the airplanes during the 2014 Farnborough Airshow in July. This is Avolon’s first order for the 787 Dreamliner and will increase the lessor’s 737 MAX order to 20 …

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Boeing to assemble largest 787 Dreamliner in Charleston

Boeing 787-10 CGI.

US airframer Boeing which announced the largest member of its new 787 Dreamliner family, the 787-10, has decided to exclusively assemble the new aircraft in its North Charleston, South Carolina facility. The 787-10 is positioned as a higher capacity jet which has the same maximum take-off weight as its shorter variant the 787-9, but which will trade range for increased …

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