Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wide Body Report - February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

Boeing Corporation is forecasting higher earnings in 2017, despite cuts in its 777 production schedule.  Much of the optimism is based on the expectation that the 787 Dreamliner, following decades of losses, is finally poised to begin making a profit with each airplane delivered.

LOT Polish Airlines has announced plans to lease three Boeing 787-9s.

Nigeria's Arik Air has cancelled an order for two Boeing 747-8s, replacing them with an order for two 787-9s.  The cancellation further erodes prospects for the 747, which has been sustained in production by freighter orders rather than as a passenger jet during the past several years.

Etihad Airways has announced that it will be deploying its newly delivered Boeing 787-9 airplanes along its Middle East and Far East routes.

An Emirates A380 was forced to divert to a New Zealand Air Force base, after the main runway at Aukland Airport was blocked by a Singapore Airlines airplane, which was experiencing mechanical difficulties.

Airbus has released its official weights tables for the A330 NEO.  Customer deliveries are expected in March 2018.  The A330 NEO features the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine.

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