The coronavirus pandemic, a once-in-a-millennia global catastrophe, has depressed commercial air travel in unprecedented and disastrous ways. Implications start with the airlines themselves and trickle down to major airframers and the entire tier structure of the aerospace supply chain.
According to Boeing, the ambitious goal is considered the safest and most measurable solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions in the coming decade.
With steps taken to adapt to its new market in 2020, Boeing is entering 2021 with an emphasis on enhancing safety culture, preserving liquidity and transforming its future business.
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.
The aircraft has been through low-, medium- and high-speed taxi tests since October. Flight testing is to commence in early 2021.
Boeing reports that it is checking the flatness of inner fuselage skins on all undelivered 787s to verify structural integrity.
High-denier, spread-tow Nextel 610 fiber and novel alumina matrix enable AFP production of Ox-Ox ceramic matrix composites.
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GKN earned the silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period supporting the Apache and Chinook programs, from October 2018 to September 2019.
All airlines under the FAA’s jurisdiction, including those in the U.S., can now resume services. Boeing has further strengthened its safety and quality assurance.
Purchase of Boeing Defence Australia MRO capabilities will include acquisition of operating assets plus inventories and certain customer contracts from Boeing Australia Component Repairs.
China remains on track to become the world’s largest aviation market despite near-term challenges, with 20-year demand for commercial airplanes and services worth $3.1 trillion.
Per the partnership, Boeing will provide technical support to establish a fully automated facility in Turkey for the production of thermoplastic aerospace components, as well as training technical personnel.
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.
As we celebrate National Composites Week, we’ve collected our top content over the last ten years.
Solvay’s contract extension covers composites and adhesives across all Boeing commercial and defense aircraft programs.
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.
InPro project combines blow molding technology with Continuous Compression Molding (CCM) process for efficient, sustainable continuous composite profile production.
Reaching maximum speeds of 16 mph on the ground, the low-speed taxi determined the Loyal Wingman’s runaway independence for its maiden flight later this year.
Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.
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.
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Queensland’s investment will evolve Boeing’s Australian defense manufacturing capability and will make Queensland the final assembly facility for the Boeing Loyal Wingman project.
The 2020 Boeing Market Outlook (BMO) projects near-term challenges in the commercial aviation and services market and resilience in the long-term, showing a resilient $8.5 trillion total market over ten years.
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.
Ten GE9X engines have been delivered to power Boeing’s four 777X flight test airplanes after completing just under 5,000 hours and 8,000 cycles for certification.
The measure stems from the impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the company’s partnership with Boeing in late April.
The company received the award for consistent performance excellence over a twelve-month period from October 2018 to September 2019.