Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Wide Body Report - February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

A Russian Boeing 777-200, operated by Orenair, made an emergency landing shortly after take-off while en route from the Dominican Republic to Moscow, due to an engine fire.  No passengers were injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Boeing is expected to face an audit from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) surrounding its accounting for the costs and expected sales for the 787 Dreamliner and 747 jumbo jet.  The probe is in response to a whistle-blower's complaint.

Philippine Air is reportedly close to confirming a deal with Airbus for half a dozen A350-900 aircraft.  This deal reportedly may involve a lease arrangement, rather than a direct buy, however.

Airbus has begun final assembly of its first A350-1000 prototype, with the joining of fuselage sections taking place at Toulouse.

Malaysia Airlines has delayed plans to sell some of its A380 jumbo jets, electing instead to keep all six until at least 2018.  The airline had previously examined selling the aircraft to cut costs as part of a restructuring plan.

NASA has proposed a series of civil X-planes to be built in the next several years to advance key technologies, including a low-sonic-boom test vehicle and an ob-round fuselage section for future airline applications.

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