According to a new Department of Defense report this week, the price tag for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons acquisition program, increased by $7.4 billion in 2013.
Aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (“MRO”) providers convened at MRO Americas, the industry’s marquee conference, in Phoenix this past week. Analysts speaking at the conference stated their predictions that the overall North American MRO market will face a constrained growth environment over the next decade.
This week, select U.S. military service groups sent Congress “wish lists”, called unfunded priorities or unfunded requirements, totaling approximately $36 billion in value of priority items that were not included in the Pentagon’s 2015 budget proposal.
In a decision that has been closely watched following Japan Airlines’ controversial decision to order Airbus A350s replacing its current fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (“ANA”) announced this week it has opted for 20 of Boeing’s 777-9X to replace most of the international components of its current 777 fleet.
The U.S. credit rating was affirmed at the top-notch triple-A level with a stable outlook this week by Fitch Ratings. This affirmation negates the “rating watch negative” the firm placed on the country’s ratings back in October.
Boeing announced the discovery of hairline cracks in the wings of an estimated 43 787 Dreamliners in production, which will likely delay deliveries to airlines by at least a few weeks.
The Helicopter Association International’s HELI-EXPO 2014 conference in Anaheim, California, in the shadow of Disneyland, was indeed a fantasy land of helicopter industry activity.
President Obama released his 2015 budget on Tuesday, requesting $3.9 trillion in budget authority for the upcoming fiscal year. Among the budget’s priorities are diplomatic security, domestic infrastructure, research and development, cybersecurity, and education and job training, in addition to a separate request for a $56 billion “Opportunity, Growth, and Security” fund designed to boost spending in areas such as research at the National Institutes of Health.