Boeing completed the first test flight of its 787 Dreamliner with a retooled lithium-ion battery system on Monday. The flight, with six crew members aboard, lasted about two hours. "The crew reports that the flight went according to plan," said spokesman Marc Birtel.
Russia could renegotiate its missile defense pact with the U.S., according to the Pentagon. Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu indicated during a phone call with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday that he wants to return to the negotiating table.
Bombardier's CSeries jetliner is poised to compete with the larger aircraft of Airbus and Boeing, said CEO Pierre Beaudoin. "We think it could add $5 billion to $8 billion in sales per year, which is a pretty big thing for a company with annual revenue of around $20 billion," he said.
Bombardier Inc. is promising potential customers it can deliver their new CSeries jets beginning in 2013, but competitors' highly publicized delays have left buyers wary. "Our teams are having a difficult time with this, because the last two big aircraft programs are two [to] three years late," says a Bombardier executive, referring to Boeing Co.'s 787 and the new A380 from Airbus. Bombardier has a letter of intent from Deutsche Lufthansa AG for the 110- to 130-seat CSeries, but no firm orders so far.
Bombardier received a nonbinding letter of intent for 60 CSeries aircraft from Deutsche Lufthansa. Bombardier also said it will start building the new planes, which will seat between 100 and 130 people. The company said it is in talks with several airlines interested in the aircraft, and it may announce additional orders at the Farnborough International Airshow.