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Boeing readies flight training for Dreamliner

A 787 Dreamliner passenger jet lands during testing at the Boeing factory at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, March 20, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing Co. said on Monday that it had gotten approval from regulators in several countries for flight training campuses for its 787 Dreamliner, which is due for first delivery this year.

The world’s second-largest plane-maker after EADS unit Airbus said its Dreamliner training devices — including flight simulators — were ready to be used with training courses. The company has training courses in Seattle, Singapore, Tokyo, London and Shanghai. Get the full story »

U.S. to ‘protect interests’ in WTO Boeing ruling

By Julie Johnsson and Kathy Bergen | The Obama Administration is open to negotiating a settlement to a long, costly trade dispute with the European Union over illegal government subsidies to planemakers Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told reporters Thursday.

But Kirk said the Americans won’t return to the table unless the Europeans agree to stop providing launch aid to Airbus’s aircraft development programs, such as the Airbus A350-XWB, Airbus’s response to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Get the full story »

Kenya Airways picks Boeing for new planes

Kenya Airways has chosen Boeing Co. for the supply of new aircraft, the airline’s publicity agent said on Wednesday. Get the full story »

Boeing surprised by rupture in 737 fuselage

The NTSB displays the 5-foot-long fuselage skin section taken from the Southwest Airlines accident aircraft on Tuesday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

Boeing Co. said Tuesday that its engineering and safety experts were caught off guard by Friday’s rupture in the fuselage of a midair Southwest Airlines Co. jet, failing to anticipate the risks of such an incident “until much, much later” in the aircraft’s life.

In an attempt to explain what went wrong, including technical missteps by Boeing, a senior company engineer laid out some of the decisions and analyses by the aerospace giant that unwittingly set the stage for the five-foot tear in the aluminum skin of the 15-year-old Boeing 737 aircraft. The tear led to the rapid decompression of the passenger cabin while the plane was cruising at 36,000 feet, but no one was seriously injured. Get the full story »

Boeing confident it will deliver Dreamliner in 3Q

Boeing Co. may have overextended the global supply chain on its long-overdue 787 Dreamliner program, but the company is confident it will meet its third-quarter delivery target, Chief Executive Jim McNerney said Wednesday.

Speaking at an event broadcast on cable television network CNBC, McNerney said he believes the company is nearing the end of development for the light-weight, carbon-composite airplane that is nearly three years behind its original schedule. Get the full story »

7th delay likely coming for Boeing Dreamliner

From the Financial Times | Boeing is expected to announce by the end of the year that its troubled 787 Dreamliner will officially be delayed a seventh time. The program was halted last month following a fire aboard a test aircraft. More than a month after the incident, Boeing is yet to issue a new certification target or restart flight testing. A new timetable would likely move first deliveries to May 2008, more than three years behind their original scheduled delivery. Get the full story>>

Boeing says 787 test flight fire traced to insulation

Two days after an in-flight fire aboard one of Boeing Co.’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the company said the origin of the fire had been traced to insulation blanketing located underneath the cabin floor. Get the full story »

Smoke forces Boeing 787 test flight landing

A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner on Tuesday made an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, after the crew reported smoke in the cabin during a test flight, according to the company and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The No. 2 plane of Boeing’s six-member test fleet was on a planned flight and routine approach to the Texas border city when a fire broke out in the rear of the cabin at about 2:50 p.m. local time. Get the full story »

Boeing temporarily stops shipments of 787 pieces

Boeing Co. on Tuesday said it would tell suppliers to halt deliveries of sections for its 787 Dreamliner for two weeks because of delays at the company that makes a key part for the tail of the plane. Get the full story »

Delta to pickup Northwest’s order of 18 787s

Delta Air Lines Inc.  said Monday that it will take delivery of the first of 18 Boeing 787s in 2020, ending long-running uncertainty over the fate of the order.

The second-largest U.S. carrier by traffic inherited the order when it acquired Northwest Airlines and has been in talks with Boeing Co. about the planes’ fate after protracted delays in the aircraft’s entry into service. 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 »

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.

Boeing reinspecting Dreamliner components

Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it was re-inspecting work carried out by a key partner on its 787 Dreamliner aircraft to ensure it met the U.S. aerospace group’s own standards. The company said it was assessing the impact on the production and delivery schedule for the new plane, already two-and-a-half years behind schedule. Get the full story »