Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wide Body Report - September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

Despite the continued slump in 777 sales, Boeing officials are hopeful that increased margins on the 737 and 787 will eventually reverse the downward profit forecast for the manufacturer.

A preliminary report indicates that a Boeing 777 operated by Emirates that crashed last month had been attempting to perform a go-around when it crashed into the runway.  All 300 passengers and crew were evacuated before fire engulfed the aircraft.  The pilots had received a warning signal for wind sheer during approach when the accident occured.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at Adelaide after an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER was forced to divert due to engine trouble.  The airplane had been enroute from Dubai to Brisbane.

Norwegian has added non-stop service from Oakdale, CA to both Barcelona and Copenhagen aboard its Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Aeromexico's first Boeing 787-9 has left the paint hangar, on its way towards customer delivery.  Aeromexico will be the second airline in Latin America to fly the 787.

Cathay Pacific plans to open routes to Melbourne flying both the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 777-300ER in 2017.

Currently the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner appear poised to divide much of the wide body market between them, with no clear advantage for either manufacturer.

Vietnam Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding for the delivery of ten more Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Thai Airways International will delay the launch of its planned Airbus A350 flights to Melbourne until October, due to "additional inspections and requirements from Australian authorities."

Airbus' successful implementation of automation has been key to maintaining its production schedule for the A350's composite wing - something that Boeing has in the past struggled to implement.

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