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March 24 - The Week Ahead Open Thread

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Yeah, it rhymes.

On 787
This week could see a date set for a formal announcement of the revamped delivery schedule for the Dreamliner. The assessment which has been on-going since January is expected at the end of March or early April. Analysts are expecting the new production number to be anywhere from 10 to 30 787s delivered in 2009.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet got another boost this morning, when it was revealed that Vietnam Airlines is looking at 20 70-96 seat MRJs, "and in return MHI is offering to shift some MRJ parts production to north Vietnam," says Flight's Leithen Francis. The geared turbo fan powered MRJ is yet to officially have a launch customer, though a source familiar with the MRJ program tells FlightBlogger that a launch orders with Japanese carriers JAL and ANA are expected to be completed prior to the Farnborough Air Show.

On Gulfstream
I'll be rolling out part one of the Gulfstream/Honeywell Synthetic Vision flight feature later this week. If you like up-close shots of next-generation glass cockpit avionics in action, then you're going to like this quite a bit.

One teaser shot for you:

On A380
Finally, I'm working on an A380 production update for later this week, so stay tuned for that.

Finally, take a look at this video from NBC Nightly News, it gives you a breakdown of where every dollar of your ticket price goes.

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