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16
October
2014

For Boeing, Smooth Airbus A350 Certification Brings New Pressure

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

For Boeing, Smooth Airbus A350 Certification Brings New Pressure

"The 350 is a very serious threat and it's very well executed on," said Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst for the Teal Group, an analyst firm outside Washington, D.C. "Boeing was dragging its heels on the 777X and the 787-10, the A350 is a far bigger success than it would have had Boeing been quicker."

He added that Boeing's strained relations with its two largest unions is a potential liability, as the company develops the design and manufacture of the 777X.

"Bad workforce relations are a risk," he said. "It doesn't guarantee that you're not going to execute as well as Airbus did on the A350, but it adds risk. Airbus has better labor relations."

Media Outlet: Puget Sound Business Journal Tags A350 | Airbus | Boeing

14
October
2014

A Supersecret Spacecraft Comes Back to Earth After Two Years

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

A Supersecret Spacecraft Comes Back to Earth After Two Years

Marco Caceres, a space analyst with Teal Group, says the Air Force is most likely interested in having a surveillance platform that can "maneuver in orbit faster" than satellites. Darpa is also working on a new hypersonic "spaceplane" called the XS-1 that could offer quick access to space and launch payloads into orbit for less than $5 million per flight. "Quick, affordable, and routine access to space is increasingly critical for U.S. Defense Department operations," the agency said in its call for proposals for the spacecraft late last year.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Businessweek

13
October
2014

SpaceX May Be A Bargain For NASA, If Musk Delivers

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

SpaceX May Be A Bargain For NASA, If Musk Delivers

"Boeing's cost structure is higher than SpaceX — that's just a fact," said Marco Caceres, senior space analyst at the Teal Group.

Because the aerospace giant has been around longer, it most likely has an older, more experienced workforce with higher wages and labor costs, he added.

But the biggest cost differences likely come from manufacturing processes. Boeing builds its Delta rocket and Atlas V launchers in a vertical position, while SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets are assembled horizontally, which is easier and saves on time.

Meantime, SpaceX is a vertically integrated company, building all of its parts in-house, with no subcontractors. Boeing employs numerous subcontractors to build components, which adds to costs. "When you become a more established company, you can't be a specialist in everything," Caceres said.

Media Outlet: Investor's Business Daily Tags Atlas V | Boeing | Commercial Crew Vehicle | Falcon 9 | NASA | SpaceX

13
October
2014

A Common-Sense Approach to Fighting In-Flight Germs

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

A Common-Sense Approach to Fighting In-Flight Germs

If there is any culprit, experts say, it's proximity. "Planes don't make people sick; other people do," said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at the Teal Group Corporation. "Being around other people, whether it's in the context of a jet, an airport, a hotel, that's going to increase your likelihood of picking up something."

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Although people often suspect that the recirculated air they breathe in the cabin spreads germs, Mr. Aboulafia said that's not the case. "It's nothing to do with the aircraft or the way the air is treated."

Air in a plane's cabin is a mixture of compressed air drawn in from outside and filtered, or recirculated, air. "It all goes through HEPA filters, which are really good at getting particles," Mr. Aboulafia said. "The objective is to filter out all particulate matter," he added, since germs can be transmitted by hitching a ride on airborne particles.

Media Outlet: The New York Times Tags Aircraft Cabins | Germs

09
October
2014

Questions Ahead for JSTARS Replacement

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Questions Ahead for JSTARS Replacement

Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with the Teal Group, called the JSTARS replacement a "great idea in need of a champion."

"In terms of technology, it makes so much sense to recapitalize," Aboulafia said. "Anything that gets you from a four-engine obsolete jetliner to a modern twinjet just pays for itself very quickly, gives you a lot more operational flexibility too, and by the way it also presents a smaller target for the enemy."

Media Outlet: The Street Tags JSTARS

07
October
2014

New Open-ended Military Engagement in Middle East Comes to Rescue of U.S. Defense Industry

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

New Open-ended Military Engagement in Middle East Comes to Rescue of U.S. Defense Industry

According to Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with the research firm Teal Group Corp., "These coalition partners have already bought quite a bit of weapons from American weapons makers." He added in his interview with Hennigan: "After a campaign like this, they're likely to buy more."

Media Outlet: The Street Tags Middle East | US Defense Industry

06
October
2014

Boeing to Build Some 777X Parts in St. Louis

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Boeing to Build Some 777X Parts in St. Louis

Shifting 777X work to St. Louis will help Boeing reinforce its industrial and political presence in an area hit hard by the downturn in U.S. military spending, said Richard Aboulafia, analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group.

He said the decision also reflected Boeing's desire to build more commercial parts in-house after it ran into quality and schedule problems with 787 parts made by outside suppliers. "This will reduce risk on commercial jet programs," he said.

Media Outlet: The Baltimore Sun Tags 777X | Boeing

04
October
2014

New Vietnam Ruling Could Open Door To Further Exports

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

New Vietnam Ruling Could Open Door To Further Exports

The State Department officials acknowledged that the definition of maritime security will likely include aircraft. And for a US industrial base that is hoping for foreign sales to boost profits amid domestic budget cuts, Vietnam could represent a goldmine, said Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group.

"There is a very high degree of inevitably that one day Vietnam will be a major US defense equipment market, and for quite a few years they've been heading in that direction," Aboulafia said. "Once again, the No. 1 promoter of the US cause, in terms of diplomacy, military cooperation and defense sales, is Beijing."

Media Outlet: The Street Tags Foreign Military Sales | Orion | P-3 | Vietnam

03
October
2014

Brazil's Embraer Officially Enters US Defense Market

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Brazil's Embraer Officially Enters US Defense Market

Foreign military sales of the A-29, like the LAS contract, is one possibility. But that market is relatively small, said Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group, and unlikely to expand. "I don't know what would make this market go away," he said, noting the market tends to average 18 to 24 planes a year. "On the other hand, I can't think of anything that would drive it upwards."

Media Outlet: The Street Tags A-29 | Embraer | Foreign Military Sales

02
October
2014

Why Boeing Had to Boost 737 Production -- Its MAX Trails Airbus

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Why Boeing Had to Boost 737 Production -- Its MAX Trails Airbus

"Boeing is at a disadvantage in terms of next generation narrow body timing because Airbus is doing a great job with the A320neo," said Richard Aboulafia, aerospace consultant for Teal Group.

First delivery of the A320neo is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015 to Qatar, while first delivery of the 737MAX is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017 to Southwest (LUV) .

"Airbus is going to get there the better part of two years earlier than Boeing," Aboulafia said. "The best thing Boeing can do is to catch up with them as soon as possible. In this high-fuel-cost environment, it's a game of availability; it's all about timing."

Media Outlet: The Street Tags A320neo | Airbus | Boeing

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