Okay, so who’s the most successful aircraft maker in the world? Yes I know it’s a silly question, it depends on how you define successful but the two behemoths, Airbus and Boeing, have just released numbers for the fourth quarter that top off their 2014 performance.

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The FT reports Airbus hit a new production record to supply 629 aircraft in 2014, marking 13 consecutive years of increased deliveries.

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Quite a summer for the light, gray metal – Goldman Sachs getting in hot water with LME warehousing, Boeing giving aluminum a vote of confidence, and prices still underperforming for the most part. How Boeing Buys Aluminum: Metal Prices and Raw Material Cost We did a Q&A with Jeff Carpenter, Senior Procurement Manager, Raw Materials, […]


The Boeing Company, long known for its extensive supply chain management practices (not counting the recent 787 Dreamliner debacle), is one US-based OEM that can teach us a lot about metals procurement. Procurement of the raw materials that go into the aerospace OEM’s products, including but certainly not limited to aluminum and titanium and its […]


The Boeing Company knows a thing or two about managing supply chain risk. (After all, they had to manage the fallout of the 787 Dreamliner battery boof.) In all seriousness, however, as a friend of MetalMiner once put it: “While far from perfect, I can’t think of a company that has done a better job […]

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“Psst, Aluminum – watch your back, yo.” That seems to be what plastic composites are saying more and more often these days, from General Motors’ old Saturn lines (remember those?) to Airbus’ new A350s. Boeing Co. has defended aluminum metal as its fuselage material of choice for the new 777X that the company is building, […]


Alcoa Inc. (AA) and the Boeing Company (BA) have come together to create a “closed-loop” recycling program, streamlining the aluminum supply chain between the aluminum producer and aerospace OEM, according to a recent announcement made at the Paris Air Show. The move will recycle aerospace-grade aluminum alloys in Boeing’s plane production process, as well as […]

Boeing CEO James McNerney threw down the gauntlet: “They [Airbus] don’t have the appetite to do a ground-up airplane, and they’d have to do a ground-up airplane.” Tom Enders, the CEO of Airbus’s parent, European Aeronautic Defence & Space, or EADS, hit back: “The aircraft we rolled out a couple of weeks ago didn’t have rivets […]

The phrase “design for manufacturability” takes on new relevance for Boeing as they offered up their latest solution to solve the 787 Dreamliner’s lithium-ion battery woes. According to the New York Times, the fixes require quite a bit of re-working, in that the proposed Boeing solution now involves a titanium venting system and steel box […]


As time goes by, the pain for Boeing only gets worse as all 50 Dreamliner 787s remain grounded around the world. The grounding is said to be costing Boeing $50 million a week, so the incentive to find a quick fix must be almost irresistible. According to, Boeing is expected to propose a short-term […]


Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has done it again — proving it’s not so dreamy after all.  At least, not its electrical systems and lithium-ion batteries. After All Nippon and Japan Airlines grounded several 787s yesterday, Dreamliner fleets worldwide were grounded today until authorities deem the fire risk of the planes’ lithium-ion batteries to be, well, extinguished. But […]