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Boeing 777 plane had strong safety record

The Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing Saturday on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was a Boeing 777, a model which up to now has seen only one fatal crash. The popular family of long-range, wide body, twin-engined planes have a solid safety record and have been among the world's most widely-flown passenger jets since first entering service in 1995. The planes are often used in flights of 12 hours or longer, across wide stretches of ocean from one continent to another, and have largely replaced the older Boeing 747 models.

Boeing reports cracks in Dreamliner wings

Boeing said Friday that hairline cracks have been found in the wings of some of its 787 Dreamliners that are still in production, due to a manufacturing problem. A Boeing spokesman told AFP the cracks were found in the composite wings made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, but insisted it was "confident that the condition does not exist in the in-service fleet." Boeing had been notified by MHI that "a change in their manufacturing process may have led to hairline cracks in a limited number of shear ties on a wing rib in the 787."

As Boeing, Airbus factories hum, suppliers get rattled

By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world's largest plane makers are soaring these days, fueled by historic demand for new jets that has cranked up their factories to record speeds. But booming sales of aircraft, far from being a bonanza for suppliers, are spurring brutal competition between Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co, which are demanding better deals from the companies that make billions of parts the factories need.

FAA seeks new safety measures for Boeing 737 planes: report

(Reuters) - U.S. aviation regulators on Monday plan to propose improving cockpit automation to help prevent pilot errors that have caused fatal airline crashes, according to a media report. The Federal Aviation Administration wants cockpit automation fixes in nearly 500 Boeing Co <BA.N> 737 planes to ensure pilots have adequate safeguards if airspeed falls too low, particularly during landing approaches, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Foreign regulators are likely to follow suit, the newspaper said.

Boeing self-destructing smartphone: do not try to open

Boeing is launching a self-destructing smartphone to help spies, diplomats and others keep secrets secure. Don't even think about trying to open or tamper with the Boeing Black phone, the company warns. "There are no serviceable parts on Boeing's Black phone and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product," Boeing says in documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission.

Boeing making ultra-safe smartphone

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has developed a smartphone geared mainly toward people working in defense and homeland security, the company said on its web site Wednesday. Boeing filed papers this week with the Federal Communications Commission describing the phone, which is called Boeing Black, uses Google's Android system and is made in the US. "The U.S. defense and security communities demand trusted access to data to accomplish their missions," the web site says.

Boeing Black: This smartphone will self-destruct..

By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> on Wednesday unveiled a smartphone that appears to come straight from a James Bond spy movie. In addition to encrypting calls, any attempt to open the casing of the Boeing Black Smartphone deletes all data and renders the device inoperable. The secure phone marks an extension of the communications arm of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes.

Boeing struggles with 787 production bottlenecks

By Alwyn Scott and Harriet McLeod SEATTLE/NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A 787 that rolled out of Boeing's factory in Everett, Washington, in January was hailed as an important milestone: the first Dreamliner built at a rate of 10 a month, the fastest for a twin-aisle jet.

Singapore eyes up to 40 Boeing or Airbus jets: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines <SIAL.SI> has begun weighing a potential order for dozens of wide-body jets as it compares Boeing's revamped 777X against Europe's Airbus <AIR.PA> A350, three sources familiar with the matter said. The airline is looking at a potential order for as many as 40 777X aircraft in a deal potentially worth $15 billion at list prices, the sources said, asking not to be identified.

Boeing profits surge but tougher 2014 awaits

US aerospace giant Boeing Wednesday reported a big jump in quarterly earnings, but signaled a leaner 2014 profit outlook after last year's boom. Boeing's fourth quarter ended on a high note, with the company achieving record annual commercial aircraft deliveries on its way to notching a 26.1 percent rise in profits compared with the year-ago period. But Boeing's 2014 earnings forecast pointed to headwinds in both its commercial and defense divisions.
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