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Boeing’s Dreamliner completes first flight outside US

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 18, 2010 (AFP) – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet, whose delivery to clients likely faces fresh delay, landed here Sunday after its first flight outside of the United States ahead of a major airshow.

The test plane touched ground at Farnborough airport at 9:08 am (0808 GMT), watched by journalists from around the world, a day before the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow, where aircraft makers are hoping to secure big orders.

Guests exit a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow, Hampshire, on July 18, 2010. AFP

Dubai’s Emirates airline is expected to announce the order of 30 Boeing long-range 777 aircraft at the trade show, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources.

Boeing will meanwhile also hope to secure more orders for its fuel-efficient Dreamliner, after already agreeing deals to sell 860 of the planes.

“It’s such a nice plane,” Mike Bryan, the pilot who flew the Dreamliner to Britain from the United States told reporters in Farnborough.

“I can’t find a pilot who doesn’t love it. I’m privileged enough to fly it.”

Last week, Boeing said it may be forced to delay the delivery of its first Dreamliner to 2011 from late this year — a date that was already more than two years behind schedule.

The boss of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh, said on Sunday that he did not believe that any fresh delay would go beyond January.

“While we’re committed to 2010 I think there’s a possibility that the delivery could push over into January,” he told reporters in London.

Boeing is hanging its future on the mid-sized plane — its first new model in more than a decade — which draws on huge advances in aviation technology and is capable of flying long-haul routes with up to 20 percent less fuel.

The fuel efficiency is largely down to the fact that up to half the twin-aisle Dreamliner is made of lightweight composite materials, such as carbon fibre-reinforced resin, according to the company.

Boeing launched the programme in April 2004 and initially had planned to deliver the first plane to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways in the first half of 2008. The plane can seat up to 330 passengers.

Boeing’s fierce European rival Airbus is meanwhile working on a new long-haul plane of its own — the A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body). Another big project for Airbus is its long-delayed A400M military transport plane.

The head of Airbus parent company EADS, Louis Gallois, said on Sunday that he expected contracts with clients for the A400M to be signed later this year.

“I expect it will be at fall,” Gallois told journalists.

The client countries for the Airbus transporter are France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Turkey.

The seven states, after tense negotiations in the face of production difficulties with the A400M, reached an agreement in March with EADS on sharing out 5.2 billion euros (6.4 billion dollars) in cost over-runs.

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company plans to deliver the first A400M to France in early 2013.

Gallois meanwhile added on Sunday that he expected the military plane market to face a tough few years as governments look to slash their defence spending in a bid to reduce massive state deficits.

“We think that we have ahead of us three or four years that will be difficult,” said Gallois.

On the civilian side, any new orders for aircraft at Farnborough — one of aerospace’s biggest events — are likely to be dominated by airlines from emerging economies across Asia and the Middle East where air traffic is growing rapidly.

Boeing and Airbus meanwhile head to the show facing increased competition for their mid-sized civilian jets from smaller manufacturers, such as Brazil’s Embraer and Bombardier of Canada.

Source: SGGP

Burgers, Boeings and bonhomie as Obama meets Medvedev

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:49 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama called his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev a “solid and reliable partner” as the leaders forged a warmer relationship over burgers and a stroll.

“We listen to one another and we speak candidly…. By any measure, we have made significant progress and achieved concrete results,” Obama added.

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev eat burgers during a lunch at Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia. AFP

After signing a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty signed in April, each leader sought new economic frontiers, announcing a deal to resume US poultry exports to Russia after a row over health and safety standards.

That deal allowed Obama to say he would order US negotiators to accelerate a dialogue with Moscow on Russia’s long desired entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Obama, struggling to cut US jobless rolls, also said that Russia would buy 50 Boeing aircraft valued at four billion dollars that could create 44,000 American jobs, part of a broad array of major trade and investment deals.

Medvedev said the work he and Obama had done had made the world “safer” and, after arriving in Washington from high-tech Silicon Valley, said it was time to move on from geopolitical cooperation to the economic sphere.

“We are ready for that now; our American partners are ready for the same thing.”

The imagery of the visit was carefully planned to suggest a relationship functioning both at a personal level, as well as diplomatically.

Obama and Medvedev left the White House after their talks to munch cheese burgers at the president’s favorite fast food joint in Arlington, Virginia, “Ray’s Hell-Burger.”

Later, in a highly unusual move, the two presidents left the White House under the gaze of Secret Service sharpshooters on nearby roofs, and strolled to a Russia investment summit at the nearby US Chamber of Commerce.

Obama noted that Medvedev had visited the California headquarters of “Twitters,” slightly mangling the name of the micro-blogging site at which he opened an account and sent his first tweets.

“I have one (an account) as well, so we may be able to finally throw away those red phones that have been sitting around for so long,” Obama joked.

Obama noted how the United States and Russia had worked together to further disarmament, to open new transit routes to Afghanistan and to frame new nuclear sanctions against Iran in the United Nations Security Council.

The only sign of discord at the summit was an acknowledgement by Obama that the two sides were not on the same page on everything.

“Our two countries continue to disagree on certain issues, such as Georgia, and we addressed those differences candidly.

“But by moving forward in areas where we do agree, we have succeeded in resetting our relationship, which benefits regional and global security.”

In that vein the two leaders issued a sheaf of statements, agreeing to work together on issues as diverse as rules for adoption, putting air marshals on US-Russia flights, and expressing concern at events in Kyrgyzstan.

Obama took office vowing to recalibrate relations with the Kremlin, after a tense period in the latter years of the Bush administration, which included tensions over Russia’s war with Georgia.

However, some US critics of Obama say he may be relying too much on a personal relationship with Medvedev, and argue that the real power in Russia lies with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

They also cite what they say is a deteriorating human rights situation in Russia and question whether Moscow is merely cooperating with Washington in the short-term in a bid to enhance its long-term geopolitical interests.

The Russian leader said he wanted to learn the lessons from Silicon Valley, the birthplace of the high-tech revolution.

Medvedev’s first “tweet” from his new Twitter account, @KremlinRussia, was a message in Russian that was translated into English as “Hello everyone, I am now on Twitter.”

Besides Twitter, the Russian leader also paid a visit to the offices of technology star Apple and secured a commitment from US networking giant Cisco that it would invest one billion dollars in Russia.

One project Medvedev has singled out as a priority is the setting up of an innovation center in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo, envisaging it as a Russian Silicon Valley.

After wrapping up his US visit, Medvedev is to take part in the Group of Eight and Group of 20 summits in Canada over the weekend.

Source: SGGP