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Boeing supplier concerned over Japan gas supply

A Japanese company making galleys for the long-awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner said delivery of the component could be delayed if gasoline becomes even more scarce after last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Get the full story »

Boeing takes 58 commercial orders, loses 8

Boeing Co. said Thursday it took 58 new orders for commercial planes in the week that ended March 9, but reduced the number of 787 orders by eight.

The company on its website said it took orders for four 767s from the U.S. Air Force. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd ordered 10 777s. American International Group’s International Lease Finance Corp ordered 33 737s. Get the full story »

Boeing starts 787 changes to meet certification goal

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner being manufactured for All Nippon Airways, Feb. 14, 2011. (Reuters/Anthony Bolante)

Boeing Co. said on Monday it began incorporating required changes to its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner to move the program toward certification this year by aviation authorities.

The work, to be done in San Antonio, Texas, includes installing electronic and mechanical equipment, software upgrades and testing systems.

A Boeing spokesman said the “change incorporation” step is required for all new airplane programs. He said the company expects the plane to be certified this year. Get the full story »

Boeing exec predicts boost in 787 production

The head of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division says it could eventually increase the production rate of its new 787 jetliner beyond the previously announced 10 per month it plans to build by the end of 2013.

Boeing to resume 787 test flights after fire

Boeing will resume flight tests of its long-delayed 787 jet Thursday,  six weeks after they were suspended because of an in-flight electrical fire in the plane’s power distribution system.

The company says it installed an updated, interim version of the software that controls the system in the first of six test flight aircraft. Get the full story »

Electrical system fix to delay 787 a seventh time

Boeing Co. said late Wednesday that debris was likely to have caused an onboard electrical fire on a test flight of 787 Dreamliner this month.

The company said the fire began as a short circuit or an electrical arc in the P100 power distribution panel and was most likely caused by “foreign debris.” Get the full story »

Boeing 787 delays give edge to rival Airbus

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co.’s delays in readying its new 787 Dreamliner jumbo jet for delivery have been giving competitors an advantage, an executive for rival Airbus said Thursday.

“It’s true that all the delays with the 787 have helped us,” Airbus Senior Vice President for Latin America Rafael Alonso told reporters on the sidelines of an airline forum, noting the Airbus A330 as the main beneficiary. “In the case of the 787, we think their problems aren’t resolved yet, we don’t know how it’s going to continue developing.” Get the full story »

Morgan Stanley: Boeing may delay 787 to 2012

From Bloomberg | Boeing Co. may push back the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service for the seventh time, adding as much as a year to the delay for the composite-plastic jet, Morgan Stanley said.

Boeing: Still no timetable for more 787 flights

Boeing's long-delayed 787 Dreamliner takes to the sky at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, in this December 15, 2009 file photo. (Paul Joseph Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it is still investigating last week’s electrical fire that forced an emergency landing of one of its 787 Dreamliner test planes and it has not yet decided when flight tests will resume.

The aviation industry is awaiting word on whether the fire will trigger another delay for first delivery of the light-weight, carbon-composite Dreamliner, which is still in development and nearly three years behind schedule.

Boeing has not updated its target for first delivery to Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co Ltd , which is planned for the middle of the first quarter of 2011. Get the full story »

Boeing delays more 787 test flights, shares drop

One test model Boeing 787 passes another on the tarmac before a flight from Boeing Field Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Chicago-based Boeing halted test flights of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday, a day after smoke in the cockpit forced an emergency landing in Texas.

“We have decided to not fly the other airplanes until we better understand the incident,” said Boeing spokeswoman Loretta Gunter. “Whether this lasts all day or shorter or longer remains to be seen. The teams will focus on ground test objectives in the meantime.”

The incident, which involved a runway evacuation of those on board the flight, knocked shares 3.4 percent lower to $66.90 in early trade on the New York Stock Exchange as investors pondered the likelihood of another delay to the program, which is already nearly three years behind schedule. Get the full story »

Boeing denies report of new Dreamliner delay

Boeing Co. on Friday said it still plans to deliver its first long-delayed 787 Dreamliner in the first quarter of 2011.

The statement followed a report in Aviation Week, citing people familiar with the situation, saying the world’s second-largest plane maker has told some customers they could face delays of as much as 10 months.

Shares of Boeing fell more than 2 percent in after-hours trading on Friday after a published report said the plane maker has told several early customers of the 787 Dreamliner of more delivery delays. Get the full story »

FAA puts 10 miles between 787, trailing planes on landing

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an interim requirement that planes landing after either of Boeing’s two new airplanes, the 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 jumbo jet, stay at least 10 miles behind.

The current requirement for large airplanes, including the 747-400 in service, is just 4 miles separation from other heavy jets and up to 6 miles from light aircraft. Get the full story »

Boeing says 787 fatigue testing has begun

Boeing Co. said on Monday that it has begun long-term fatigue testing on its new 787, a three-year program meant to simulate the stresses of years of flying.

FAA says Boeing can start training 787 pilots

Boeing Co. said Monday it’s been given approval by the Federal Aviation Administration to start pilot training courses for its new 787.

The Chicago company called the approval a “significant milestone” as it ramps up to start flight training.