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2010-10-15 07:00:00

EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) moved closer this week toward completing assembly of the first 747-8 Intercontinental as mechanics in Everett, Wash., loaded the forward and aft fuselage sections to join with the wing and center section. The 747-8 fuselage is 250 feet 2 inches (76.3 meters) long, which is 18 feet 4 inches (5.6 meters) longer than the 747-400. The stretch provides space for 51 additional seats to accommodate 467 passengers in a typical three-class...

2010-04-07 12:49:00

EVERETT, Wash., April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that all test requirements were successfully met during the 787 Dreamliner's ultimate load wing and fuselage bending test. This follows a thorough analysis of the results from a test on the 787 static test airframe. "Successfully completing this test is a critical step in the certification of the 787. This is further validation that the 787 performs as expected, even in the most extreme circumstances," said...

2009-11-30 19:36:00

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today completed the static test necessary to validate the side-of-body modification made to the 787 Dreamliner. The company expects a full analysis of the test results to be concluded in approximately 10 days. A successful test result is needed to clear the airplane for its planned first flight next month. During today's test on the 787 Dreamliner static test airframe, the wing and trailing edges of the airframe were...

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2009-08-14 08:00:00

Boeing Co. officials confirmed that 787 Dreamliner fuselage production was halted in Italy nearly two months ago, due to wrinkles in the skin of the aircraft. Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter in Everett, Wash., said the company could fix the problem on the first 23 Dreamliner fuselages with a fairly simple patch. Beyond that, engineers are working on design changes to prevent the necessity of a patch in the future. The problem showed up on the fifth Dreamliner, when Alenia Aeronautica in...

2009-07-07 10:36:54

U.S. airplane maker Boeing said it has struck a deal to buy out a Vought Aircraft Industries production facility in South Carolina. The plant has been used to assemble fuselage parts for the long-delayed 787 Dreamliner, The State in Columbia, S.C., reported Tuesday. A year ago, Boeing purchased 50 percent of the operation. Boeing said it would pay $580 million for the remaining 50 percent of the North Charleston plant. In addition, it would forgive a loan it made to Vought. The 787's maiden...


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