Boeing’s KC-46A tanker achieves another milestone

This week, Boeing announced it had added a sixth aircraft to its KC-46A aerial refueling tanker test program. The newest addition to the test fleet will be used to evaluate the tanker’s resistance to electromagnetic fields. In practice, the KC-46’s electronic systems must prove resilient to potentially disruptive electromagnetic discharges. To check this, the tanker […]

More freighter orders for Boeing

January was kind to Boeing in terms of freighter aircraft orders – especially if you consider the 767-200C a freighter. To start, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines converted two 777 passenger aircraft orders to freighters, and an unidentified customer ordered one 777F. As shown in the chart, this brings Boeing’s total orders for the type to 168 (including […]

The latest from Airbus and Boeing

The past week has been an interesting one for the world’s two big commercial aircraft manufacturers, with some big orders and important first flights in the headlines. As usual, some of the headlines hint at more than is actually there, but even with that caveat, the news has been good. We start with an item that, […]

767 Renaissance

It is common wisdom in the aviation world that first delivery of a new aircraft type is the death knell for the type it replaces.  But to paraphrase Mark Twain, “reports of the 767’s death have been greatly exaggerated.” Boeing delivered its first 787 – a direct replacement for the 767 – over four years […]
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