Boeing Plays Catch-up on 737 - Boeing has re-hired retired employees and temporarily assigned another 600 to its Renton, Washington 737 assembly plant from various sites around the Puget Sound region to help speed delivery of the narrowbodies as the company works to recover from supply chain bottlenecks. Some 50 incomp
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September 17, 2018
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Boeing Plays Catch-up on 737

Boeing has re-hired retired employees and temporarily assigned another 600 to its Renton, Washington 737 assembly plant from various sites around the Puget Sound region to help speed delivery of the narrowbodies as the company works to recover from supply chain bottlenecks. Some 50 incomplete 737s sit outside the plant in Renton and at Boeing Field in Seattle awaiting engines and fuselage parts, while production inside the plant continues at the normal rate of 52 airplanes per month. The company has attributed the delivery delays to slow shipments of CFM engines and Spirit Aerosystems fuselage sections. Both companies have pledged to catch up on their delivery commitments in time to allow Boeing to meet its year-end delivery goal set last year.

“We are working closely with our suppliers Spirit and CFM as they track toward recovery, as well as our customers,” said a Boeing spokesman. “Our team has been mitigating supplier delays, and our factory continues to build 52 airplanes per month. We have dedicated additional resources to the Renton site to ensure timely deliveries to our customers. Read More

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Iran To Sue ATR Over Undelivered Airplanes

The Iranian government plans to file a lawsuit against ATR for breach of its contract to deliver all of the 20 ATR 72-600s ordered by Iran Air, Iran’s state-controlled Mehr News Agency reported Wednesday, quoting the head of the Iranian parliament’s Civil Commission, Mohammadreza Rezaei-Kouchi. ATR, which last month delivered the last of 13 airplanes now in Iran Air’s possession, recently began the process of “reallocating” the seven undelivered airplanes after U.S. sanctions that came back into force on August 7 effectively prevented any further deliveries to the Islamic Republic.

Implemented following a 90-day “wind down” period from the date U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order to re-impose sanctions, the prohibitions bar any transaction with Iran or Iranian companies involving commercial aircraft carrying 10 percent U.S. content. They also prevent the sale of parts and services to Iranian airlines. Read More

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Kuwait Suspends License of Wataniya Airways

The Kuwaiti government has suspended the license of Wataniya Airways for three months, warning that failure to address the operational “issues” that led to flight cancellations in August leaving 1,500 passengers stranded in foreign capitals would mean authorities would permanently revoke the airline’s permission to operate.

“Minister of State for Services Affairs Dr. Jenan Boushehri announced that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) decided to suspend the permit for the airline for three months,” according to a September 5 communique issued on official news agency KUNA. Read More

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Sukhoi, UAC Planning Superjet With No Western Content

Following a series of consultations with authorities, suppliers, and customers, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) and its patron United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) have begun design work on a completely indigenous version of the Sukhoi Superjet regional jet. The companies have undertaken the development within the framework of a broader import substitution program ordered by the Kremlin.

Although SCAC has yet to encounter sanctions-related prohibitions against receiving components made in the U.S. and EU, the tightening Western sanctions on Russia could one day lead to disruption of the established international cooperation on the project. Western content now accounts for between 55 percent and 60 percent of an SSJ100’s unit cost. Read More

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SpiceJet Launches Dedicated Cargo Airline

As India’s GDP hits a high of 8.2 percent and airline cargo belly space starts to exceed demand, budget airline SpiceJet has become the first commercial carrier to launch a dedicated domestic and international cargo airline, SpiceXpress. It will start operations to Bangalore from Delhi on September 18 and this year launch international destinations, including Hong Kong and Afghanistan.

Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Bedek Aviation Group converted the SpiceXpress Boeing 737-700 freighter, which it acquired on an operating lease from Austin Texas-based Spectre Air Capital. The deal represents the first Spectre has ever completed in India, Spectre Cargo Solutions Kevin Casey told AIN. Read More

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