Boeing and Airbus had a reported combined backlog of approximately 12,000 aircraft at the end of February, more than 85% of orders, according to an analysis CRT Capital. "We have conviction that Boeing and Airbus can successfully manage delivery positions of troubled carriers by swapping slots with their more prosperous peers," CRT reported.
Boeing is starting to send its five flight test 747-8 freighter jumbo jets to Texas in order to refurbish and prepare them to be delivered as new cargo freighters. The company doesn't have the room to refurbish the jets in Everett, Wash., because of the work being done there on the 787 Dreamliners, according to Marc Birtel, a spokesman for Boeing. "We determined we don't have the physical capacity in Everett to do the work," Birtel said.
Summer is often the time when the airline industry sees a break-even point in the year's business. But high fuel prices and stiff competition make it more doubtful that airlines will see profits from summer travel.
Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., are questioning whether the Transportation Security Administration violated federal rules when it had agency contractors acquire passenger data from airlines. The senators also wanted to know why the TSA originally denied it had the data.
When the Genesis probe returns to earth in September, helicopters will be standing by to pluck it from the air so its cargo of solar dust won't be damaged on landing. Stunt and military pilots are already practicing the routine.