The global economy is putting pressure on the aviation industry to add nearly 1.2 million professionals -- including pilots and maintenance technicians -- to the sector by 2034, according to a recent report from Boeing. Collaboration between airlines, manufacturers, training-delivery organizations and schools will be needed to meet growing demand, Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said.
Biofuels could gain greater traction in aircraft if "green" diesel is approved for aviation use and if it's affordable, says Boeing. The company wants to see the fuel available to aircraft by year's end.
Boeing says its low-cost CST-100 crew capsule is perfect for missions in low-Earth orbit, and it is seeking NASA's Commercial Crew Development funds to reach critical design review this year. "It would fit on whatever stack is appropriate," says Boeing Network and Space Systems President Roger Krone. "Whether it's a Falcon 9 or an Atlas, it doesn't matter." Meanwhile, Boeing continues to keep its eye on the next step beyond low-Earth orbit. "[A]t some point in the future, we're going to want to go outside of Earth orbit again, wherever that may be -- whether its Lagrange points, asteroids, the moon or Mars," Krone says.
Boeing is considering opportunities in the international market for its CST-100 commercial crew spacecraft if the company is chosen by NASA to continue development of its capsule, according to a Boeing official. The spacecraft, which Boeing says could begin flying astronauts to low Earth orbit by 2015, would launch on existing Atlas 5, Delta 4 or Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Boeing has denied press reports that some customers could see additional 10-month delays in initial deliveries of 787 Dreamliners. While refusing to comment on specific cases, a Boeing spokeswoman noted that "we work with our customers on delivery schedules of individual airplanes across all models. Delivery dates can change for a variety of reasons."