Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wide Body Report - April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016

Boeing is taking steps to eliminate 4,000 jobs worldwide, with the potential for more layoffs to follow as the company attempts to better balance its books and meet Wallstreet expectations.  The eventual job cuts could total as many as 8,000 by year end, or up to 10 percent of Boeing's work force.

Debris found on a Mozambique beach matches parts of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 - a Boeing 777 which disappeared en route to Beijing in what was widely believed to be a case of pilot suicide.

The FAA has issued a flight safety directive for all Boeing 787 aircraft, warning pilots of unreliable airspeed indications.  The problem, which has also afflicted other aircraft over the years, stems from water or ice ingestion in the airplane's airspeed indicators.

Airbus has released a new testing tool for inspecting the composite fuselage and wing panels of its A350 airlines.  Unlike conventional metal structures, which can be visually inspected for cracks, composite components require an ultrasonic inspection to detect delamination which could prematurely fail a part.

Airbus intends to offer an increased take-off weight option for its A350-900 aircraft beginning in 2020.

A Qantas A380 was forced to return to Sydney after an engine vibration issue caused it to abort its flight.  Qantas' A380s are equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

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