Airbus readies A350XWB for tests; Boeing adds Dreamlifter center in N. Charleston

Airbus rolled the first A350 XWB that will fly outside Tuesday to begin the next phase of ground tests.

This first A350, also known as MSN001, recently completed some indoor tests including the stability of movable parts like the rudder, elevators and wing spoilers. After rolling the jet outdoor Tuesday, Airbus will test the aircraft’s fuel tanks and radio equipment as well as conduct pressure testing on the fuselage.

On Tuesday, Airbus’ John Leahy suggested the company is looking to add another A350 assembly line due to demand for the A350-1000, a rival to Boeing’s 777. Leahy didn’t say where the additional capacity for the A350 would be located.

The European jet maker is getting ready to break ground in a few months on a second A320 line in Mobile, Ala. Lawmakers in the state are looking to pass legislation that would put time limits on when lawsuits could be filed against aircraft manufacturers. The move would make it easier for Alabama to attract aerospace suppliers.

Boeing plans to add a Dreamlifter operations center in North Charleston, S.C., reports the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Boeing already is building a similar center in Everett for its fleet of Dreamlifters, which ferry 787 parts from suppliers around the world.

More in Herald Business Journal

Teddy, an English bulldog, models Zentek Clothing’s heat regulating dog jacket. (Ian Terry / The Herald)
Everett clothing company keeps your dog cool and stylish

Zentek uses space-age fabrics to moderate the temperature of pets and now humans.

Everett engineers learn lessons from Mexico City catastrophe

Structural scientists went to help after the September earthquake there and studied the damage.

Providence said to be in talks for merger with Ascension

The two Catholic health organizations have been exploring joining forces, sources say.

Hospital companies merge as insurers encroach on their turf

An anticipated deal between Providence St. Joseph Health and Ascension is only the latest.

DaVita to sell off medical groups including The Everett Clinic

Another round of health care consolidation means The Everett Clinic could soon get new ownership.

Engine trouble hits Air New Zealand’s 787 Dreamliners

A Rolls-Royce engine was shut down and was afterward found to be seriously damaged.

Washington, Amazon sue company over seller training programs

Braintree is accused of using deceptive ads promising information on how to make money on Amazon.

Lockheed-Martin dominates global arms sales, Boeing is 2nd

The combined sales of U.S.-based companies totaled $217 billion.

The Marine Corps’ version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is designed to land vertically like a helicopter. (Lockheed Martin)
F-35 fighter costs, $1 trillion over 60 years, draw scrutiny

Pentagon’s ability to repair F-35 parts at military depots is six years behind schedule.

Most Read