This week’s featured link:
This is Boeing’s NMA – JonOstrower.com
If you haven’t heard, Jon Ostrower is no longer with CNN, and that’s a big loss… for CNN. Fortunately for us, he’s channeling his inner-FlightBlogger and has returned to the world of blogging at jonostrower.com. You’ll want to bookmark that. In one of his first posts, he picks apart an artistic rendering of Boeing’s new NMA, aka the 797. While he notes that this will never be the final airplane that flies (assuming it does get launched), you can get a sense of what Boeing is thinking as it moves forward through the process.
Two for the road:
New Boeing jet to accelerate services shake-up – Reuters
How about a Boeing two-fer? Thanks to Red Shirt on Twitter for bringing this article to my attention. Boeing makes a lot of airplanes, and now it thinks it can use that leverage to step up its after-market services. If it can pull this off, it can cut its aircraft prices further and win orders by making a boatload on maintenance for the life of the airplane. (It’s Gillette and the razor/razor blade model.) This is something to keep an eye on.
Azul, LATAM Group outline plans for US-Brazil Open Skies – ch-aviation
With Brazil’s Senate passing open skies, we can finally see some action on joint ventures with airlines in the US. LATAM and American have already submitted theirs and are just waiting for some movement. Now Azul and United appear to be making some nice It will be interesting to see how Avianca and JetBlue feel about that.