December 9, 2015
After having delivered 126 Dreamliners during the first 11 months of 2015 - exceeding its stated goal of 120 deliveries for the year - analysts are already predicting that Boeing will deliver some 140 Dreamliners in 2016.
Boeing has completed detail design for the 787-10, the largest member of its 787 Dreamliner product line. Assembly of the first prototype is expected to begin in 2016, with first flight in 2017.
Air New Zealand has completed its first 330-minute flight with a 777 airline, en route from Auckland, New Zealand to Buenos Aires, Agentina.
General Electric has begun high-pressure core tests for its new GE9X engine, which is expected to power the Boeing 777X. The prototype engine core successfully reached maximum redline speeds, and exceeded the target pressure ratio of 27:1, the highest of any commercial engine in service today. Full engine tests are scheduled for next year.
Net new orders for Airbus wide-body A330, A350 and A380 aircraft have totaled 127 so far for 2015, exceeding the 113 net new orders placed for Boeing's 747, 777 and 787 product lines. Similarly, Airbus' A320 single-aisle aircraft accumulated 876 net new orders in the first 11 months of 2015, compared to 389 net new orders for Boeing's 737.
Air France has announced plans to retire its last Boeing 747-400 airlines in January 2016.
Airbus is struggling to meet its delivery goals for 2015, as production for the A350 lags behind its other products. A total of 556 aircraft, from a variety of models, were delivered in 2015. Airbus would need to deliver another 74 aircraft in December to match its 2014 output.