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Aerospace & Boeing beat reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Washingtonian. Unapologetic geek. Work in aviation? Tell me what you're up to: Jon.ostrower@wsj.co

Why is Air Force One a 747-200B not a -300? (and other answers)

flightglobal.com — Why is Air Force One a 747-200B and not a 747-300? I've been asked this one many times in the last week and it's time for an answer. Many have suggested it was the service requirement for the airframe set forth by the Air Force criteria, but in fact, it's not.

Boeing Earnings: What to Watch

blogs.wsj.com — By Jon Ostrower Boeing Co. is scheduled to announce its fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 earnings before the market opens on Wednesday. Here's what you need to know: EARNINGS FORECAST: Analysts expect net profit for the quarter of $1.84 a share, according to FactSet, compared with $1.61 a year earlier.

United Nears Deal to Convert Boeing Order to Larger Jets

wsj.com — United Continental Holdings Inc. is nearing a deal to convert at least 10 of its Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners on order to larger 777-300ER jetliners, in a move designed to preserve the plane maker's production rates, according to two people familiar with the deal.

Bombardier halts Learjet 85 program due to weak demand

marketwatch.com — Bombardier Inc. on Thursday said it would halt its Learjet 85 business-jet program, resulting in a pretax charge of around $1.4 billion and about 1,000 job cuts and dealing a new blow to the Canadian company's commercial aircraft ambitions.

One year on: the story of the 787

flightglobal.com — One year ago, Boeing could not have been riding higher. Its stock and yearly orderbook were climbing to a record peak and its flagship product, the 787 Dreamliner, was coming together at an astonishing speed for an all-new aircraft.

The price of Boeing's 787 sales success

flightglobal.com — Inside: - How the 787 backlog was built- Predicable costs at 787′s foundation- Scott Carson's ascent- Can the 787-9 undo the damage?- Looking at 17 787′s per month- The revival of the 787-10- Redrawing the supply chain lines Data obtained by FlightBlogger show Boeing's historic order backlog for the 787 was based partly on steep discounts driven by now-discarded design and manufacturing assumptions.

Jet Maker Bombardier Finds Bigger Proves Far From Better

wsj.com — MIRABEL, Quebec-Just after he became Bombardier Inc.'s chief executive in 2008, Pierre Beaudoin bet the future of the company his grandfather founded on a pair of passenger jets rivaling those from the two titans of global aerospace. Bombardier had long produced smaller planes for wealthy individuals, companies and regional airlines.

Bombardier Chief Commercial-Aircraft Salesman Exits

wsj.com — Bombardier Inc. on Thursday said its chief commercial-aircraft salesman has left the company, a blow to its efforts to gain market traction with its new CSeries jetliner. A spokeswoman for the Canadian company said Raymond Jones, senior vice president of global sales, marketing and asset management for its commercial-aircraft business, had "decided to part ways" citing "personal reasons."

AirAsia upgrading jets for improved tracking, but flight 8501 not yet modified

marketwatch.com — AirAsia's fleet of short-haul jets was already being upgraded to make them easier to track, but the airline hadn't yet modified the aircraft that lost contact with air-traffic controllers over the weekend and remains missing. The budget airline is an early adopter of a dedicated tracking service, pre-empting an industry push to comprehensively follow planes in flight.

AirAsia Upgrading Jets for Improved Tracking; Flight 8501 Not Modified

wsj.com — AirAsia's fleet of short-haul jets was already being upgraded to make them easier to track, but the airline hadn't yet modified the aircraft that lost contact with air-traffic controllers over the weekend and remains missing. The budget airline is an early adopter of a dedicated tracking service, pre-empting an industry push to comprehensively follow planes in flight.
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Jan 30, 2015

RT @dominicgates: Days after @Boeing announced a record $5.4 billion net profit, it disappoints engineers with lowered annual bonuses. seattletimes.com/html/businesst…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @PSBJ: Good news for Alaska Airlines and Delta: Sea-Tac is the fastest growing large airport in the U.S. bit.ly/1yNErAh

Jan 30, 2015

RT @BoeingAirplanes: Congrats to Okay Airways for becoming China’s first carrier to operate the 737-900ER. bit.ly/1A8v3Oo #Boeing pic.twitter.com/dsuARCPduX

Jan 30, 2015

First thing I did was search for the letters "integr". They're there. // How & Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft nyti.ms/1Do9jvD #redblue

Jan 30, 2015

RT @mikiebarb: Patience my friends, and many calls: its a good thing in this journalism business of ours.



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