Boeing's (BA) board may decide next month to start taking bookings for an updated 777, which...

Boeing's (BA) board may decide next month to start taking bookings for an updated 777, which would incorporate lightweight carbon-composite wings. Boeing is on the verge of deciding to offer airlines just GE engines for the plane rather than a choice, meaning that Rolls Royce would miss out. Separately, NTSB investigators are narrowing their 787 probe to the batteries rather than other components of the Dreamliner's electrical systems.

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  • roydye
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    Hey hoss... It's always been about the battery. Wires and boards usually hold when geared for the size and load.
    Put the battery in an altitude chamber and run up to about 30,000 or 40,000 feet and she'll blow.
    Ground testing is not sufficient for rigorous flight conditions.
    12 Mar 2013, 09:22 AM Reply Like
  • Bajajames
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    This sound like a Boeing problem not a GE problem. I would like to see the blaming stop and problem stopped and safety installed and get back to business current
    12 Mar 2013, 09:49 AM Reply Like
  • Engineer&Far
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    I've worked in both GE and Rolls Royce's engineering departments, and this is a very good decision by Boeing. Rolls Royce was a complete cluster f***, while GE was the best managed technical company I have worked at.
    12 Mar 2013, 09:54 AM Reply Like
  • GJMiller53
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    Where is Pratt & Whitney?
    12 Mar 2013, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • Engineer&Far
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    I worked at the United Technologies Florida P&W engine plant and the Sundyne pump plant in Denver. I'd put P&W somewhere between GE and Rolls....generally closer to Rolls. United Technologies top management seemed pretty clueless, especially in Connecticut to Florida engine technology transfers and relations. Lots of bright engineers in Florida (15 years ago, anyway). Sundyne pump was a touch lower than whale manure...especially in configuration control, quality and overall engineering talent. I'd buy an Egyptian family on a 'treadmill bucket pump' before I'd buy a Sundyne centrifugal pump....just sayin.
    12 Mar 2013, 12:59 PM Reply Like
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