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Boeing says it is under ‘continuous’ cyber attack

SINGAPORE (AFP) – US aerospace giant Boeing is under “continuous” cyber attack but there has been no breach of its databases, a senior executive said. The admission by Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, comes as Japanese electronics giant Sony recovers from a series of…

NASA awards $270 million in spaceship contracts

WASHINGTON — NASA on Monday announced it has awarded nearly 270 million dollars to four companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, to help their pursuit of making a spacecraft to replace the US space shuttle. The Houston, Texas-based aviation giant Boeing received the biggest contract — $92.3 million — as part…

Air Pacific cancels order for 8 Boeing 787s

NEW YORK — Fiji’s Air Pacific has canceled its order for eight Boeing 787 aircraft, the US aerospace giant said Wednesday, the latest blow for its delay-plagued Dreamliner program. “Boeing confirms that Air Pacific no longer is a Boeing 787 customer,” the Chicago-based firm said in an email to AFP…

US orders Boeing tests after mid-air scare

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of some 175 older Boeing 737s worldwide after a fuselage rupture forced a US regional flight into an emergency landing. The announcement came as Southwest Airlines said it had found cracks in three other planes after last…

Southwest cancels hundreds of flights, finds ‘widespread cracking’ on 737

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – National safety inspectors have found evidence of “widespread cracking” and fatigue on the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in Arizona with a hole in the cabin, a government official said on Sunday. “Was the aircraft well maintained and…

Southwest Airlines cancels 300 flights after finding ‘gaping hole’ in 737′s fuselage

UPDATED: LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines said it expects to cancel 300 flights on Saturday to allow inspections of 79 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet, after one of its planes with a gaping hole in the fuselage made an emergency landing. Passengers aboard Southwest Flight 812 from Phoenix toSacramento on Friday heard a loud noise and…

Boeing’s new 747 successfully completes first test flight

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s 747-8 Intercontinental, the new passenger version of its legendary jumbo jet, completed its maiden flight without a hitch on Sunday, marking a key milestone for the aircraft model more closely associated with Boeing than any other plane. The behemoth began its first test flight from Boeing’s…

Boeing wins massive Air Force tanker contract

WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday awarded Boeing a massive contract to supply aerial refueling tankers to the Air Force, defeating European rival EADS. The Pentagon announcement capped a nearly 10-year attempt by the Air Force to begin to replace an aging Boeing-built fleet of tankers dating back to…

US senators demand probe of tanker mix-up

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Seven US senators on Thursday called on the Pentagon to formally investigate a document mix-up in the politically-charged contest for a new aerial refueling tanker. With a decision on the contract expected in February or March, the senators demanded the Defense Department’s inspector general probe whether EADS…

US diplomats pushed Boeing deals: cables

US diplomats have on several occasions intervened to convince foreign governments to buy aircraft from Boeing rather than its European rival Airbus, newly released diplomatic cables show. The cables, obtained by the New York Times from the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, document several incidents in which diplomats were involved in haggling…

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