Washington Gov. Jay Inslee plans to pitch Boeing on a proposal to build the 777X in Everett, Wash. He also plans to unveil an aerospace strategy for the state. "The paramount goal of this effort is to win the 777X for Washington," Inslee said.
Aircraft manufacturers are seeking ways to update older models of planes rather than building new jetliners from scratch. Boeing is updating its 777, while Airbus is revamping its A350. Richard L. Aboulafia, an aviation analyst for the Teal Group, said the 777X "could be in a class by itself if Boeing can launch it on time and get it right."
The first-quarter results from American Airlines demonstrate how the carrier has lowered its costs. "We don't yet have all of the savings ground into our numbers from the restructuring. You'll see more coming on line throughout the year," American CEO Tom Horton said.
Jean-Paul Ebanga, the president and CEO of CFM International, said the engine manufacturer takes safety seriously. "That means our role today is far beyond delivering engines to the industry; it is also making sure people are traveling in a very safe way at a decent price," said Ebanga.
The Federal Aviation Administration is considering changing its policies for certification of cutting-edge technology after the Boeing 787 battery issue. "As we move forward, we have to figure out what the right measures are," said Ali Bahrami, head of the FAA's transport airplane directorate. "At this point, I would say they are not mature."