Articles tagged with: Boeing

10
September
2014

Musk’s SpaceX Vies With Boeing as NASA’s Taxi to Station

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Musk’s SpaceX Vies With Boeing as NASA’s Taxi to Station

Funding two ventures may raise development costs while also fostering competition and giving NASA an alternative if one vehicle encounters technical difficulties, said Marco Caceres, director of space studies with Teal Group, a Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant.

Congressional opposition to a similar arrangement for the crew contract has waned as the fraying U.S.-Russia relationship focuses attention on NASA's dependence on Soyuz rockets to put astronauts into orbit, Caceres said in a telephone interview.

"The Russians have done NASA a favor in terms of funding," Caceres said.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags Boeing | Commercial Crew Capsule | CST-100 | Dragon V2 | Dream Chaser | NASA | Sierra Nevada | SpaceX

19
August
2014

Boeing May Boost Production of Its Bestselling 737

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Boeing May Boost Production of Its Bestselling 737

 That pressures Boeing to cut the wait for its new 737s, which can stretch to years for some airlines, says Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia.

The real problem is long-term," Aboulafia says, noting the record-high output for single-aisle airplanes over several years, with no slowdown until both the A320neo and MAX are in production. "Then you'll have Airbus try to exploit a first-mover advantage and Boeing working hard to ramp up faster and catch up. This all sounds like a recipe for overcapacity by the end of the decade."

Media Outlet: ABC News Tags 737 | Boeing

26
July
2014

Boeing Ready to Help Iran Keep Airliners Flying

Featuring: Joel Johnson

Boeing Ready to Help Iran Keep Airliners Flying

Joel Johnson, an international-affairs analyst at The Teal Group, says Iran Air "has seven or eight ancient 747s that have been quietly maintained with needed parts by a European carrier over the years, with implicit approval of the U.S."

 

Media Outlet: The Seattle Times Tags 747 | Boeing | Iran | Iran Air

30
June
2014

Airbus and Boeing Plan Increased Output

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Airbus and Boeing Plan Increased Output

Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group, believes current narrowbody production rates are sustainable today, "but going up further can be a real problem. You can go up to 50 or 60 [aircraft per month], but if the slightest thing happens you are in real trouble." He cautions that "the idea to go up further is a great way to engineer overcapacity."

Both Airbus and Boeing have already decided to move production rates up for the narrowbody models—Airbus is boosting the A320 line to 46 aircraft per month from 42, and Boeing is moving 737 production to 47 per month from 38 and is pondering 52. Airbus is also looking at rates higher than 50 when the transition to the A320neo is completed.

Aboulafia also is concerned that some emerging players such as Lion Air or Norwegian may not fulfill their promises. Both airlines have large orders for new narrowbodies with Airbus and Boeing. From a macroeconomic point of view, this is worrisome, he says.

To an extent, the situation for manufacturers is as good as it is because of low interest rates (which encourage investment) and the high cost of fuel. These factors can change, and if Airbus and Boeing are unlucky, fuel will become cheaper and interest rates will rise in parallel. Therefore: "We are taking it too far," Aboulafia contends.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags A320 | Airbus | Boeing

05
June
2014

Airbus in Supplier Talks Mulls Upgrades to A320neo Jet

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Airbus in Supplier Talks Mulls Upgrades to A320neo Jet

Now, Airbus is preparing to introduce upgraded avionics and other systems that would bring its plane’s features closer to those offered in Boeing’s upgraded 737 Max, which is slated to begin commercial flights in 2017, said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with Teal Group, a Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant. “This is something they’ve always done,” Aboulafia said in a phone interview. “Boeing tends to launch all of its big changes in one block. Airbus has more of a rolling update approach.”

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags 737 | Airbus | Boeing

02
June
2014

Boeing Talks to Emirates About Potential 747-8 Order

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Boeing Talks to Emirates About Potential 747-8 Order

The talks give Dubai-based Emirates leverage as it pushes Airbus Group to upgrade its A380 with fuel-efficient engines, said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst at Teal Group. Boeing would gain momentum for a storied jet with few sales prospects aside from replacing the Air Force One fleet, he said. “It would keep the -8I going through the decade and deliver an unpleasant blow to the A380 that’s long overdue,” Aboulafia said of a potential Emirates order.

Media Outlet: The Seattle Times Tags 748-8 | A380 | Boeing | Emirates

28
May
2014

Boeing 787 Receives US Approval for Expanded Flying

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Boeing 787 Receives US Approval for Expanded Flying

The FAA approval nevertheless moves airlines an important step closer to tapping the full potential of the Dreamliner, which burns 15 percent less fuel than the Boeing 767. The approval was of little concern to investors, one Wall Street analyst said. Boeing's stock was up 0.4 percent at $134.70. But the approval appeared to come sooner than expected and its timing was seen by some as a sign of continuing tension between the two agencies, one charged with investigating accidents and the other with ensuring safety. "It certainly does seem like there's some conflict between the NTSB and the FAA," said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst at the Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia.

Media Outlet: Reuters Tags 787 | Boeing | Dreamliner | FAA | NTSB

27
May
2014

Dreamliner Set to Land at American Airlines

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Dreamliner Set to Land at American Airlines

Richard Aboulafia, a prominent aviation consultant, said the Dreamliner will be crucial for American as it competes with United and Delta to attract premium passengers on international routes. He suggests that American will fly it to Asia, the Middle East and secondary cities in Europe. "It is absolutely the plane you want to fly point-to-point internationally," he said, "and it's at its best at longer ranges" where the fuel efficiency pays off most.

Media Outlet: Reuters Tags 787 | American Airlines | Boeing | Dreamliner

12
May
2014

Is the Passenger-Carrying 767 Really Dead?

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Is the Passenger-Carrying 767 Really Dead?

Airbus is still working out its strategy in the segment that the 767 and 787 occupies. The airframer is officially set on delivering the A350-800, but is also entertaining calls for a re-engined A330. The future of the 767 passenger variant is feasible only if Airbus remains locked on the A350-800 option, says Richard Aboulafia, vice-president of analysis at the Teal Group. “If Airbus doesn’t re-engine the A330, then maybe [the passenger 767 has a future],” he says. An A330neo would occupy shorter routes of 5,000nm (9,270km) or less in the passenger class – closer to the 767-300ER. “Then [the passenger 767] ends,” Aboulafia adds.

Media Outlet: Flightglobal Tags 767 | A350-800 | Airbus | Boeing

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