February 2005 
Volume 03, Issue 9 
Commercial Airplanes

Flying toward goals

Flyin toward goalsBoeing and representatives from about 70 airlines and financial institutions spent two days in Seattle late last year discussing the all-new 7E7 Dreamliner airplane's progress as Boeing moves toward finalizing the configuration.

The large-scale meeting, called Progress Summit II, was similar to one held in 2003. It featured open discussion on customer requirements, concepts for standardizing and simplifying the 7E7, and airplane financing.


Carrying the load

Caring the LoadWith its November decision to offer the Boeing 777 Freighter, Boeing is expanding its 777 family of airplanes with a freighter model—and is further strengthening its leadership position in the world air cargo market.

"Boeing is responding to staunch customer demand for a cargo airplane with increased range, reliability and lower operating costs," said Lars Andersen, 777 Derivatives program manager. "The new airplane will fly farther than any other freighter and provide more capacity than any other twin-engine freighter."


Our friend EMMA

Our friend EMMAThe Boeing 737 Rudder Paint shop in Renton, Wash., is using a new sanding device that reduces the vibrations painters experience while sanding rudder skins prior to painting.

The new tool, called EMMA for Easily Manipulated Mechanical Arm, was used during a trial period last year and was fully implemented in November 2004.

The rudder skins arrive with a topcoat, and before being painted, the surface must be reactivated by sanding with a handheld, air-powered sander so that the paint adheres to it. Sanding also eliminates any material defects or imperfections to ensure a quality product for customers.


Danke, Bavaria International

Danke, Bavaria InternationalBavaria International Aircraft Leasing may not be the largest commercial airplane lessor that purchases Boeing jetliners, but the Munich, Germany-based company is one of the oldest and most loyal.

It was 25 years ago that Bavaria, a division of Germany's Schoerghuber Group, bought its first Boeing airplane, a 737-200. At present, the company owns 12 737- 300s, five 717s and four 737-700s among the 25 airplanes that are leased to airlines all over the world. Late last year the company signed up for six more 737-700s as well as placing options for another six.




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