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November 12, 1979

The Next Generation of Air Transports

Commonality Stressed in New Aircraft

The Next Generation of Air Transports

Boeing Facing New Set of Challenges

The Next Generation of Air Transports

Flight Management Capabilities Sought by Airlines

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Commonality Stressed in New Aircraft

Renton, Wash.—Boeing Commercial Airplane Co., for the first time in its history developing two commercial transports in parallel, has decided to maximize commonality between its twin-turbofan 757 and 767 in order to reduce development costs and sales prices, and eventually maintenance costs for customers that operate both.

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Boeing Facing New Set of Challenges

Renton, Wash.—Boeing Co. management, seasoned by the experience of its billion-dollar 747 gamble 13 years ago, is facing a new set of challenges in its current effort to give birth to two new jet transports while simultaneously meeting voracious airline demands for its current products.

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Flight Management Capabilities Sought by Airlines

Expanding role of flight management systems for both new production and retrofit transport aircraft installations is marked by a new emphasis on integrating performance management functions and automatic navigation capabilities to enhance overall flight efficiency.

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Airbus Gears for Production Increase

Toulouse—Airbus Industrie, responding to growing airline demand for its aircraft, is increasing its work force by a factor of 2.4-2.5 and greatly expanding its production facilities while finalizing the details of its A310 design. Plans call for increasing the production force of about 11,500 employes every six months over the next six years to a total of about 28,000-29,000, according to Felix Kracht, production manager for the consortium.

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Rolls Seeking Lower Fuel Specifics

Derby, England—Rolls-Royce engine designers are conducting an in-house competition to find the best way to drive down the fuel specifics in engines to be used by air carriers during the balance of this century. Low specific fuel consumption will be the key to achieving a larger share of the world’s airline engine market in that time period, according to E. M. Eltis, Rolls-Royce Aero Div. new projects director.

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FAA Proposes Braniff Pay Fines of $1.5 Million

Carrier charged with multiple maintenance violations in past year involving 727, 747, DC-8. Ten specific cases are cited

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Avionics Test Procedures Bolstered

Everett, Wash.—Integration and checkout of the digital avionics suites for the Boeing 767 and 757 transports will utilize procedures and facilities that the company typically employs in its military aircraft programs, but heretofore has invoked rarely—and then only partially—in its commercial programs.
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Total Simulation Crew Training Pushed

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Computer Design Seen Cutting Costs

Seattle—Large-scale use of computers in designing and building the Boeing 767 and 757 new-generation aircraft is expected to reduce significantly the total program costs for these two new aircraft. A network of computers at Boeing Co.’s facilities in the Puget Sound area, and others at subcontractor facilities in the U. S. and abroad, is supporting a significant fraction of the engineering and manufacturing workload of these two programs.

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Boeing Eyeing New, Derivative Aircraft

Renton, Wash.—Boeing Co. is expected next year to devote major attention to new and derivative products for the 1980s that will expand still further the impressive list of at least five commercial jet transports the company will be offering in the next decade.
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