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AIRBUS DELIVERS 100TH A350 XWB
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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TOULOUSE, France - When China Airlines received its seventh A350 XWB July 26, the carrier took possession of the 100th jetliner delivered from this newest family in Airbus’ industry-leading widebody product line.

The milestone aircraft is an A350-900 version, joining China Airlines’ growing A350 XWB fleet - adding to the line-up of widebody A330s and A340s flown by the long-time Airbus customer, which is based in Taiwan.

Having now received half of its 14 A350-900s on order, China Airlines is benefitting from the A350 XWB’s maturity and flexibility on both regional and long-haul services - including the Taipei-San Francisco route.

This 100th A350-900 delivery, the 36th so far in 2017, took place some 30 months after first delivery. Not only does this demonstrate a solid production ramp-up, it is the fastest widebody production ramp-up for Airbus - on track to reach rate 10 aircraft per month by the end of 2018.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range aircraft family. Currently in service with 14 operators worldwide, A350 XWBs are being flown on more than 110 routes around the globe, with an operational reliability of 99%.

As of the end of June, Airbus’ A350 XWB family had logged 847 firm orders from 45 customers.

Source:  Airbus
Associated URL: airbus.com
Source Date: July 26, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
BOEING REPORTS SECOND-QUARTER RESULTS
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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CHICAGO - For the second quarter of 2017, Boeing reported sales of $22.7 billion, down 8 percent from sales of $24.7 billion in the second quarter of 2016. Net income for the quarter was $1.8 billion compared to a loss of $234 million a year ago.

"In the second quarter, we added to our large and diverse order backlog with key wins in commercial airplanes, defense, space and services, while achieving important milestones such as delivering the first 737 MAX airplane, flying the second production-ready T-X trainer aircraft, and conducting a successful Ground-based Midcourse Defense intercept test," said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg.

"As we look to the second half of the year, our teams are focused on accelerating productivity, quality and safety improvements across the company, while completing key development efforts and delivering better capabilities and economics to our customers."

Total company backlog at quarter-end was $482 billion, up from $480 billion at the beginning of the quarter, and included net orders for the quarter of $27 billion.

INDUSTRY SEGMENTS

Commercial Airplanes

Commercial Airplanes second-quarter revenue was $15.7 billion (2Q16: $17.4 billion) on planned production rates and timing of deliveries. Second-quarter operating income was $1.6 billion compared to a loss of $973 million in the second quarter of 2016. Operating margin was 10.0 percent, reflecting solid execution.

During the quarter, Commercial Airplanes delivered the first 737 MAX 8 aircraft and announced the launch of the 737 MAX 10. Demand continues to be healthy with 571 incremental orders and commitments announced at the Paris Air Show, including 56 for widebody aircraft and 361 for the launch of the 737 MAX 10. Also at the Paris Air Show, a number of commercial service agreements were announced that provide further growth opportunity for Boeing Global Services.

Commercial Airplanes booked 183 net orders during the quarter (2Q16: 199). Backlog remains robust with more than 5,700 airplanes valued at $424 billion.

Defense, Space & Security

Defense, Space & Security second-quarter revenue was $6.9 billion (2Q16: 7.2 billion). Second-quarter operating income was $890 million compared to $593 million in the second quarter of 2016. Second-quarter operating margin increased to 12.9 percent, reflecting increased productivity in all three segments.

Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) second-quarter revenue was $2.9 billion (2Q16:$3.0 billion), reflecting lower planned C-17 deliveries, and operating margin increased to 13.2 percent on improved performance. During the quarter, BMA was awarded a contract for the remanufacture of 38 AH-64E Apache helicopters for the United Kingdom, and the second production-ready T-X aircraft completed first flight.

Network & Space Systems (N&SS) second-quarter revenue was $1.7 billion (2Q16:$1.8 billion), reflecting timing of satellite volume. Operating margin increased to 9.1 percent reflecting improved performance. During the quarter, N&SS was awarded a contract from the Missile Defense Agency for Redesigned Kill Vehicle Development.

Global Services & Support (GS&S) second-quarter revenue was $2.3 billion (2Q16:$2.4 billion), reflecting timing of contracts. Operating margin increased to 15.4 percent reflecting strong performance. During the quarter, GS&S was awarded a contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to support the F-15 fleet, which will be carried out by Boeing Global Services.

Backlog at Defense, Space & Security was $58 billion, of which 37 percent represents orders from international customers.

Source:  Forecast International Government & Industry Group
Associated URL: www.boeing.com
Source Date: July 26, 2017
Author: R. Pettibone, Gov't & Industry  
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
U.S. FAA SHARES DATA ON NEW SAFETY STANDARDS
Thursday, July 13, 2017
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WASHINGTON - The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) met with members of the aviation community earlier this month to share data on new standards the agency developed to improve safety at U.S. airports during inclement weather.

Since the implementation of theTakeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) recommendations on October 1, 2016, a more standardized method of reporting runway conditions has produced significant safety improvements. Airport and aircraft operators now share common criteria when they communicate airport conditions and runway friction. The new reporting method includes standardized terminology and a streamlined reporting format that are used for all airport or aircraft operations across the U.S.

The FAA introduced TALPA last October to reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather. U.S. airports, air carrier flight crews, dispatchers, general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers began using the new TALPA standards that month. Earlier this week, the FAA presented an analysis of the first winter season of TALPA use that incorporated field condition Notices to Airman (NOTAMS) published between October 2016 and April 2017. During the meetings, industry provided valuable feedback.

The participants discussed best practices for using the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM) to assess and report field conditions via the NOTAM system. RCAM translates runway contaminants into a condition reporting format that can be used to determine estimated braking action so that airport and aircraft operators can make more informed and safer operational decisions. The forum gave the FAA and industry an opportunity to discuss how to improve the TALPA process for future winter seasons.

Source:  U.S. FAA
Associated URL: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=88369
Source Date: July 13, 2017
Author: U.S. FAA  
Posted: 07/26/2017

 

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