Boeing is looking at a radical revamp of its venerable 737 aircraft, the world’s most widely-flown commercial jet, including a plan for an all-new aircraft with a main body made of the plastic composites used in its ground-breaking 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing is advancing toward full-activation of what it sees as a second 787 factory at its Everett, Washington facility, one designed to incorporate the aircraft's final certified configuration into dozens of Dreamliners already built.
Boeing's 787 updated production schedule - also known as Z23 - is now out and being shared with customers, who in turn, are providing delivery guidance publicly on the arrival of their first Dreamliners, if they choose to do so.
Good things, they say, come to those who wait...and wait. After more than three years of delays, All Nippon Airways is now confident enough in Boeing's latest schedule that it has finally started training its pilots to fly the Dreamliner....
"We've got fleet of 200 airplanes out there at some point we're going to have to do something with and we can't wait until 2020," says Southwest Airlines vice president operations coordination center, Jeff Martin in regard to the carrier's aging block of 737-300s and -500s.
The world’s first composite-plastic airliner probably will be delivered to its first customer, Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co., by September as promised, according to 10 of 11 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Kenya Airways said it reached a settlement with Boeing on a new delivery schedule for nine Boeing 787-8s, and finalized a purchase agreement signed in 2006 after previously threatening to cancel the order over the delays to the program.