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Goings On: March 11, 2008

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Lots going on today. Just wanted to get some food for thought out there this morning. I'm finally beginning to feel like myself again. Again, there's a lot coming down the pike for FlightBlogger in the next several days.

TAPS Combustor Upgrade Leads 787 GEnx-1B Recertification Plan

By Guy Norris
Aviation Week

The improved GEnx-1B will be approved under an amendment to the baseline type certificate, which is expected on Mar. 14. The revised certification will be ready prior to entry into service on the 787, now anticipated for early 2009, and will form the build standard for all deliveries, says GEnx program manager Tom Brisken.
American Airlines in dilemma on when to replace aging fleet
By Terry Maxon
Dallas Morning News
"The Super 80 therefore conserves fuel while enhancing pilot productivity," the [1983] annual report bragged. "On a route of 750 miles, the Super 80's fuel cost per seat mile is 37 percent less than that of a 727-100, while its cockpit crew cost per seat mile is 42 percent less."

An MD-80 burns 3,334 gallons of jet fuel on an average trip from Dallas/Fort Worth to New York's LaGuardia Airport, American says. The Boeing 737-800 burns 2,455 gallons, a savings of $2,285 with jet fuel at $2.60 a gallon.

Boeing to protest KC-X tanker award to Northrop and EADS
By Graham Warwick
Flight International
Boeing has decided to protest award of the US Air Force's KC-X replacement tanker contract to Northrop Grumman and Airbus parent EADS.

The US company says it has serious concerns with the way the USAF evaluated the cost and risk of its bid, and with the use of a Northrop-developed analytical model to assess the effectiveness of its KC-767 tanker.

McCain Advisers Lobbied for Airbus
By Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Daly
Associated Press
Two of the advisers gave up their lobbying work when they joined McCain's campaign. A third, former Texas Rep. Tom Loeffler, lobbied for the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. while serving as McCain's national finance chairman.
Carlyle Founders Consider Cash Infusion***
By Thomas Heath
Washington Post
The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. They said that in addition to a possible investment, the company is exploring whether alternative forms of collateral might be available or whether it might be able to tap a new line of credit.
***One small note on that last article for additional aviation context. The Carlyle Group owns Vought Aircraft Industries which is a 1st Tier supplier on the 787 and other Boeing programs.

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