Spirit Aerosystems reports Q4 and full-year 2020 financial results

Revenue was down 55%, primarily due to the effects of the 737 MAX grounding and COVID-19. Total 2020 shipset deliveries was 920, down from 1,791 in 2019.


Boeing shutters commercial composites R&D facility

In an effort to trim costs, commercial composites R&D at Boeing’s Advanced Developmental Composites (ADC) center in Seattle is being distributed among other Boeing composites facilities in the Puget Sound region.


Boeing conducts inspections of 787 composite inner fuselage skin

Boeing reports that it is checking the flatness of inner fuselage skins on all undelivered 787s to verify structural integrity.


Boeing adjusts 2021 787 production downward

Persistent headwinds in international air travel have compelled Boeing to reduced 787 production from six to five per month by mid-2021.


Boeing, Etihad sustainability alliance test ecoDemonstrator 787

The ecoDemonstrator program uses commercial aircraft to test technologies that can make aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future. Use of a 787-10 Dreamliner will evaluate ways to reduce emissions and noise while flying on sustainable fuel.


Spirit AeroSystems reports third quarter earnings

Although Spirit’s revenues declined 58% in the quarter compared to third quarter 2019, CEO Tom Gentile says the company anticipates steady growth going forward as the 737 MAX returns to service.


Boeing to consolidate 787 production in 2021

According to Boeing, the single site in South Carolina will improve operational efficiency as it adapts to the market downturn and positions for recovery and long-term growth.


Composite Bonding & Repair Benefits and Solutions

Film and paste adhesives, wet peel-ply and potting compounds enable the aviation industry to utilize advanced materials that contribute to lightweighting, more efficient designs, and improved sustainability.

Carbon Fibers

Update: Lower wing skin, Wing of Tomorrow

Airbus is evaluating several advanced composites technologies as part of its Wing of Tomorrow program. Among these is liquid resin infusion of the lower wing skin, being developed by Spirit AeroSystems.

National Composites Week: Why are composites essential?

On the last day of the 2020 National Composites Week, composites professionals tell us why they think composites are essential. A million thanks to everyone who participated.


National Composites Week: Top 20 stories in the last decade

As we celebrate National Composites Week, we’ve collected our top content over the last ten years.


U.S. Department of the Air Force-Boeing X-37B team recognized for aerospace excellence

The team received the Robert J. Collier Trophy for advancing the performance, efficiency and safety of air and space vehicles.

Carbon Fibers

Leonardo and CETMA: disrupting composites for lower cost and environmental impact

Italian OEM and tier supplier Leonardo works with CETMA R&D to develop new composite materials, machines and processes, including induction welding for in-situ consolidation of thermoplastic composites.

A retrospective take on the composites industry and the pandemic

Dale Brosius reflects on recent composites industry trends and how they are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 


Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?


Reading tea leaves: The outlook for aerospace

The coronavirus pandemic promises to wreak havoc on the aerospace composites supply chain, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about how a post-pandemic commercial aerospace market will evolve.

In memoriam: Longtime CW writer Sara Black dies at 66

Sara Black joined CompositesWorld in 1999 and for the next 20 years embodied the intelligence, curiosity, respect, diligence and accuracy that the publication strove to deliver to its audience.


Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.

Mass Transit

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.


Strata's workforce leaders share perspectives on women in manufacturing

UAE-based aerostructures manufacturer Strata Manufacturing prides itself on providing opportunities for its multinational, female-dominant workforce.


9T Labs, Arkema present new manufacturing approach for small aerospace parts

The companies demonstrate cost-competitive series production of structural composite parts using carbon fiber/PEKK materials and additive manufacturing.


Boeing, Airbus announce Q1 2020 results

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically decreased air passenger travel, causing a dramatic decline in new aircraft orders and production. Boeing and Airbus are implementing efforts to reduce costs.


Boeing to resume 787 operations in South Carolina

Resuming operations temporarily suspended in response to the coronavirus pandemic, most employees are scheduled to return on May 3 or 4.


Boeing to resume commercial airplanes production in Puget Sound

After temporary suspension due to COVID-19, Boeing plans to resume Washington state production facilities in a phased approach starting April 20.

View All #787 Articles