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.
Cathay Pacific is working on optimal configurations for the cabins aboard its Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-9X aircraft, as it finalizes the design of the business class sections of its Airbus A350-900 fleet.
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.
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways is considering purchasing the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet for its overseas routes. The airline is also considering Boeing's 747-8. If All Nippon buys the A380, it will be the carrier's first purchase of a wide-body plane from Airbus.
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.