Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wide Body Report - April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

Norsk Titanium is expected to deliver the first FAA-approved titanium 3D printed parts to Boeing, for introduction into the 787 Dreamliner.  Boeing officials are advertising that 3D printed parts could save them up to $3 million per airplane.

Boeing's 787-10 prototype will be heading to Seattle for additional testing.  The 787-10 is the largest member of the Dreamliner family.

Boeing successfully delivered 32 787 Dreamliners during the first quarter of 2017.

Iran Air is expected to receive its first Boeing 777-300ER a year earlier than planned, taking advantage of an airplane that had been scheduled for delivery to Turkish Airlines, but which was sidelined after the Turkish carrier renegotiated its delivery schedule.

Lufthansa has completed its first commercial flight introducing the Airbus A350-900 on its Mumbai route.

In a blow to Airbus, Delta has announced that it is reviewing its standing, $14 billion wide body order with the European aircraft manufacturer, over concerns that the wide body market is already over-saturated with capacity.

Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to launch Airbus A350 operations on its Mumbai route.  The airline currently has three A350-900s in operation, with another 11 on order.

Airbus' A350-1000 prototype has completed noise testing.  The A350-1000 is a stretched model with an all-new wing, aimed at competing against the Boeing 777 for higher-capacity long-haul routes.

Russia and China have officially launched a joint program to develop the proposed Comac C929 wide body airline, aimed at customer deliveries starting in 2027.

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