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Old January 29th, 2016, 04:02 AM   #2141
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The 747-8 may get further cargo orders, but as a passenger airplane is as good as dead.
Yes, and that's true for four-engine airliners generally. Sooner or later, there will be at least one more demand cycle for the 747-8F and it makes sense for Boeing to keep the production line in trickle mode until then. Future orders for the 747-8F will probably be several times higher than future orders for the A380 (unless Airbus invest several billion more euro to make the A380 competitive with the A350 and 777X).
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Old January 29th, 2016, 04:29 PM   #2142
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Old January 29th, 2016, 09:10 PM   #2143
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Old January 30th, 2016, 02:31 AM   #2144
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USAF awards contract for next Air Force One

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force One.

This is the first contract the Air Force has awarded for this program. Additional modifications will be made to this contract in the future to purchase the commercial 747-8 aircraft, as well as to design, modify and test those aircraft to meet the presidential mission.

These efforts are the first step in a deliberate process to control program risks and life cycle costs. These activities will include the definition of detailed requirements and design trade-offs required to support informed decisions that will lead to a lower risk Engineering and Manufacturing Development program and lower life cycle costs.

“This is the start of our contractual relationship with Boeing. It will allow Boeing to begin working on what will be the next Air Force One,” said Col. Amy McCain, the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program manager. “This initial effort is about reducing risk, really understanding where the tough work will be, finding affordability opportunities, and getting the best value for the taxpayer, while continuing to meet the needs of our commander in chief.”

The secretary of the Air Force has made it clear that affordability will be a key element of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program.

“We will continue to insist upon program affordability through cost conscious procurement practices,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.

“The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America at home and abroad,” James said. “We will ensure the next Air Force One meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest.”

The Air Force wants to own enough of the technical baseline to permit competition for modifications and sustainment throughout the aircraft’s planned 30-year life cycle. Competition can keep costs down, spur innovation and provide technical options.

“We are focused on ensuring this program is affordable,” McCain said. “This contract gets us started on determining how to modify a 747-8 to become the next Air Force One, and finding opportunities for cost reduction through detailed requirements choices, competition of subsystems, and in the sustainment of the aircraft after it has been fielded.”

“The current fleet of VC-25A presidential aircraft has performed exceptionally well, a testament to the Airmen who support, maintain and fly the aircraft,” James said. “Yet, it is time to replace them. Parts obsolescence, diminishing manufacturing sources and increased down times for maintenance are existing challenges that will increase until a new aircraft is fielded.” Source : http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDispla...force-one.aspx AND https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense?re...rp|twgr^author
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Old January 30th, 2016, 11:41 AM   #2145
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Old January 30th, 2016, 12:18 PM   #2146
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WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force
There is proof it is going out of production soon. The AF ain't buying foreign muck is what they really means.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 07:37 AM   #2147
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 07:50 AM   #2148
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 01:10 PM   #2149
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That is a strange picture. Normally the plane that is closer to the camera looks bigger than the one behind.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 03:03 PM   #2150
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 02:48 AM   #2151
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That is a strange picture. Normally the plane that is closer to the camera looks bigger than the one behind.
That because it's at an angle and it's a cargo plane, hence a smaller hump.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 12:16 AM   #2152
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Boeing to Reduce 747 Production Rate:
Slow Cargo Market Recovery Pushes Build Rate to 0.5 per Month in Sept. 2016

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The Boeing Company will lower the production rate of its 747-8 aircraft to match supply with near-term demand in the cargo market.

In September 2016, the 747-8 program’s production will decline from one airplane per month to 0.5 per month. The company previously announced that the rate would drop from 1.3 per month to one per month in March 2016.

“Global air passenger traffic growth and airplane demand remain strong, but the air cargo market recovery that began in late 2013 has stalled in recent months and slowed demand for the 747-8 Freighter,” said Ray Conner, Boeing vice chairman and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “While we remain confident in the 747-8’s unique value-proposition and an upcoming replacement cycle for late-model 747-400 Freighters, we’re taking the prudent step to further align production with current market requirements.”

“We are closely monitoring the air cargo market as we work to win additional orders to support ongoing future production,” said Greg Smith, the company’s chief financial officer. “At the same time, we continue to aggressively drive productivity to lower costs across our production system to offset the current market challenges.”

The most recent air transport industry data show that air freight contracted in November declined by 1.2 percent compared to the same time a year ago. This contrasts with global passenger demand which grew at 5.9 percent, above the 10-year average rate, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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Old February 7th, 2016, 08:09 AM   #2153
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Old February 17th, 2016, 11:29 PM   #2156
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Old February 18th, 2016, 12:27 AM   #2157
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Bruce Dickinson just got a 747 type rating, and guess what? A 747 is already waiting for him



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Old February 18th, 2016, 08:59 PM   #2159
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