Articles tagged with: 787 Dreamliner

04
April
2014

Big Delta aircraft order could be boon — or a bust — for Boeing

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Big Delta aircraft order could be boon — or a bust — for Boeing

But you can bet Delta will drive a hard bargain for the twin-engine 777s, although it may be hard-pressed to get the discounts it would like. “777 300ER has some of the best pricing in the business,” said Richard Aboulafia, analyst from the Teal Group, outside Washington, D.C. “‘What Delta would like is 50 percent off list, and they’re not going to get that with the 777 300ER. But given the bridge problem, they might do this in a few years.”

Media Outlet: Puget Sound Business Journal Tags 787 Dreamliner | Boeing | Delta Airlines

29
March
2014

Boeing’s Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Boeing’s Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

“You used to get quite a lot of 747s, but not that many that come in here now,” Chester says. “I think 747s will be a thing of the past in the not-too-distant future.” In fact, industry analysts have predicted that for some time, Richard Aboulafia, a commercial and military aircraft expert with the Teal Group consulting firm, says that with its four engines, the 747 is a gas-guzzler. Airlines are opting instead for newer, two-engine planes — like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. “Getting rid of engines is a great thing in terms of fuel efficiency,” Aboulafia says. “That’s why more and more airlines are focusing on those smaller-sized planes.”

Media Outlet: North Carolina Public Radio Tags 747 | 787 Dreamliner | Boeing | Engines

27
March
2014

ANA Orders $16.6 Billion in Airliners From Boeing, Airbus

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

ANA Orders $16.6 Billion in Airliners From Boeing, Airbus

ANA’s 70-plane purchase today tilted toward Boeing, with the U.S. company accounting for all 40 long-haul models in the deal, with a list value of about $13 billion. Toulouse, France-based Airbus Group NV (AIR), seeking to crack Boeing’s grip on Japanese airlines’ wide-body fleets, sold 30 narrow-body jets. “I wouldn’t call this a split order: Boeing won,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with Teal Group, a consultant based in Fairfax, Virginia.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg News, Business Week, Japan Times, Money News Tags 787 Dreamliner | ANA Holdings

26
March
2014

Aero growth set to buoy aluminum demand

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Aero growth set to buoy aluminum demand

“It’s an impossibly high base year, with production having more than doubled in half a decade. The industry is running the risk of creating a bubble, and a balance needs to be struck,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal Group Corp., Fairfax, Va. “The industry could be building for a colossal burp after watching costs and rates rise as new planes are produced.”  There also is increased competition from composites, particularly with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.  Aboulafia said the battle  of raw material suppliers is a back-and-forth process, with aggressive marketing from competing sectors.  “The Rolls Royce receivership in the 1970s was due to its use of composites in its engine. It became the watchword for overreach,” he said.  Composites have been used on business jets, but all except one failed, Aboulafia noted. The jury is still out on the latest release, which will be Montreal-based Bombardier Inc.’s  Learjet 85.  “Companies are naturally drawn to the innovation story, but it is easy to oversell technology. This is the oversold nature of the composite revolution,” Aboulafia said.

Media Outlet: American Metal Market Tags 787 Dreamliner | Aluminum | Bombardier | Business Aircraft | Composites | LearJet 85 | Rolls-Royce

07
March
2013

FAA Likely to OK Boeing Battery Testing in Days

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

FAA Likely to OK Boeing Battery Testing in Days

Boeing said on Monday it can move “really fast” to get the Dreamliner back into the skies once the FAA approves the fix. But the FAA faces unusually tough obstacles in approving it for flight – one of them brought on by the agency’s own boss. LaHood promised early in the crisis that the Dreamliner would not resume flying until regulators were “1,000 percent sure” of its safety. As no aircraft is 100 percent safe “it is going to be a challenge for the FAA to dial back from some of the overheated rhetoric,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst at the Teal Group in Virginia. Aboulafia estimated it would take at least four months for the 787 to be cleared to fly if the FAA approves flight tests soon. If flight testing approval takes longer, it could take 6-9 months before the 787 is back in the air.

Media Outlet: CNBC Tags 787 Dreamliner

04
February
2013

REQUIEM FOR A DREAMLINER?

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

REQUIEM FOR A DREAMLINER?

To understand why, you need to go back to 1997, when Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas. Technically, Boeing bought McDonnell Douglas. But, as Richard Aboulafia, a noted industry analyst with the Teal Group, told me, "McDonnell Douglas in effect acquired Boeing with Boeing's money." McDonnell Douglas executives became key players in the new company, and the McDonnell Douglas culture, averse to risk and obsessed with cost-cutting, weakened Boeing's historical commitment to making big investments in new products. Aboulafia says, "After the merger, there was a real battle over the future of the company, between the engineers and the finance and sales guys." The nerds may have been running the show in Silicon Valley, but at Boeing they were increasingly marginalized by the bean counters.

Media Outlet: The New Yorker Tags 787 Dreamliner

08
January
2013

Dreamliner glitches giving Boeing a black eye

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Dreamliner glitches giving Boeing a black eye

Electrical problems and fuel leaks have plagued the new Boeing plane model recently. On Monday, an empty Japan Airlines 787 in Boston caught fire. On Tuesday, a fuel leak forced a different Japan Airlines 787 to cancel takeoff and return to the gate before ultimately completing its trip to Tokyo. "We're getting to a tipping point, where they go from needing to rectify problems to doing major damage control to the image of the company and the plane," said Richard Aboulafia, a defense and aerospace analyst with Teal Group, a consulting firm based in Fairfax, Va. "While they delivered a large and unexpected number of 787s last year, it's possible that they should have instead focused on identifying glitches and flaws, rather than pushing ahead with volume production."

Media Outlet: Chicago Tribune Tags 787 Dreamliner | Boeing

01
February
2010

How old is the plane you’re flying on?

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

How old is the plane you’re flying on?

U.S. fleets are among the oldest in the world, said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at the Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia. “I’m not really sure that people should read that much into that,” Aboulafia said. “From a safety standpoint, a lot of the older planes were built tougher and with proper maintenance, there’s no reason why a plane can’t stay safe for 25 to 30 years.” The U.S. and most of the developed world have superb standards and maintenance regulations, the result of decades of experience that have made the system incredibly safe, Aboulafia said.

Media Outlet: CNN Tags 787 Dreamliner

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