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Boeing and Etihad Airways expand sustainability alliance to drive innovation in the aviation industry

Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, and Tony Douglas, group chief executive of Etihad Aviation Group, after signing an agreement expanding the companies’ partnership towards sustainable aviation for the Abu Dhabi-based airline and wider industry. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing and Etihad Airways today announced they will expand the companies’ deep collaboration towards environmental goals. Centered on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner fleet, the new memorandum of understanding (MOU) furthers Boeing and Etihad’s mutual commitment – initially set through a 2019 sustainability partnership – to develop sustainable flight operations across Etihad’s global network.

The new agreement will focus on enhancing the efficiency of navigation and flight operations, airframe technologies and sustainable practices to reduce Etihad’s fuel use and emissions. In addition, company leaders said their partnership provides an opportunity to validate concepts that could be scaled up to benefit the broader aviation industry.

Etihad is the largest 787 operator in the Middle East, benefiting from the Dreamliner family’s superior efficiency. The agreement also includes collaboration to develop tools for flight planning, arrival and departure procedures, en-route flight optimization and community noise reduction.

To support this drive for operational efficiency, Boeing will provide multiple services for the Etihad’s 787 fleet including charting and Electronic Flight Bag navigational tools that provide pilots with real-time advisories to adjust course, altitude and speed to optimize fuel use and routing. Also, the two companies will collaborate on ways to reduce emissions at Etihad’s facilities, further the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and increase sustainable financing.

In 2020, as part of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program, an Etihad 787-10 tested new technologies to reduce in-flight noise and emissions. In partnership with NASA, the program conducted the most comprehensive aero-acoustic research ever on a commercial airplane.

Boeing also partners with Etihad to test sustainable practices on the Abu Dhabi airline’s commercial flights. Last month, Etihad operated its most sustainable flight ever with a 787-10, utilizing learnings and efficiencies developed over the past two years to reduce carbon emissions in absolute terms compared to previous flights. Boeing provided navigation and flight tools to help avoid weather and turbulence, and worked with other industry partners to optimize the departure, arrival and taxi to reduce fuel use throughout the flight.

Boeing to open three new freighter conversion lines; takes order for 11 737-800BCF

Boeing has made this announcement from Dubai:

As global demand for freighters continues to soar, Boeing has announced plans to add three conversion lines for the market-leading 737-800BCF across North America and Europe. The company also signed a firm order with Icelease for eleven of the freighters as the launch customer for one of the new conversion lines.

In 2022, the company will open one conversion line at Boeing’s London Gatwick Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility, its state-of-the-art hangar in the United Kingdom; and two conversion lines in 2023 at KF Aerospace MRO in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

For Icelease, which recently expanded its cooperation with Corrum Capital through a joint venture called Carolus Cargo Leasing, the order for eleven 737-800BCF will be their first converted freighter order with Boeing. The lessor will be the launch customer for conversions at Boeing’s London Gatwick MRO facility.

(Photo credit: Boeing)

Earlier this year, Boeing announced it would create additional 737-800BCF conversion capacity at several sites, including a third conversion line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO), and two conversion lines in 2022 with a new supplier, Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) in Costa Rica. Once the new lines become active, Boeing will have conversion sites in North AmericaAsia and Europe.

Boeing forecasts 1,720 freighter conversions will be needed over the next 20 years to meet demand. Of those, 1,200 will be standard-body conversions, with nearly 20% of that demand coming from European carriers, and 30% coming from North America and Latin America.

Boeing accepts liability for Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash

From CNN:

“Boeing agreed on Wednesday to acknowledge liability for compensatory damages in lawsuits filed by families of the 157 people killed in the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash, according to a filing in US District Court in Chicago.”

Read the full story:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/11/investing/boeing-737-max-ethopian-airlines/index.html

Boeing 777X arrives in Dubai for 2021 Dubai Airshow

Boeing made this announcement:

The new Boeing 777X arrived at Dubai World Central at 14:02 p.m. (GST) on November 9, ahead of the upcoming Dubai Airshow. The airplane will be on static display and featured in the show’s flying program starting November 14.

The 777-9 flight test airplane made a nearly 15-hour nonstop flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Dubai, the first international flight and longest flight to date for the 777X as it continues to undergo a rigorous test program.

Photo: Boeing.

ATSG orders the conversion of four aircraft to 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF)

Air Transport Services Group, Inc., the world’s largest lessor of 767-300 converted freighters, has contracted with Boeing for the conversion of four aircraft to 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF).

The 767-300BCF now has more than 100 orders and commitments from customers around the globe, providing widebody converted freighter capability to meet growing market demand, and building on a record year for customer orders of Boeing’s family of freighters.

Boeing to debut its 777X at 2021 Dubai Airshow

(Boeing Photo)

Boeing will showcase its market-leading portfolio of commercial, defense and services products at the 2021 Dubai Airshow this month, including the international debut of its newest fuel-efficient widebody jet, the 777X, along with the company’s growing autonomous capabilities such as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System.

During the event, a Boeing 777-9 flight-test airplane will soar in the airshow’s flying program and appear in the static display. Building on the best of the industry-leading 777 and 787 families, the 777-9 will be the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, delivering 10% better fuel use, emissions and operating costs than the competition.

The company’s static display will also feature the 2021 Boeing ecoDemonstrator, an Alaska Airlines 737-9 that is flight testing about 20 technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise and further improve safety.

In addition, Etihad Airways will display a 787-10 Dreamliner that showcases the airline’s collaboration with Boeing to advance sustainable aviation. Etihad’s program researches and tests innovative technologies, products and practices on its fleet of 787s and within its operations to further reduce carbon emissions. Also on display, flydubai – the region’s largest 737 operator – will feature a 737 MAX 9 that reduces fuel use and CO2 by 14% compared to its predecessors.

Boeing reports third quarter results

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Boeing issued this financial statement:

  • Continued progress on global safe return to service of 737 MAX and focus on operational stability
  • Revenue of $15.3 billion, GAAP loss per share of ($0.19) and core (non-GAAP)* loss per share of ($0.60)
  • Operating cash flow of ($0.3) billion; cash and marketable securities of $20.0 billion
  • Commercial Airplanes backlog of $290 billion and added 93 net orders

 

Table 1. Summary Financial Results

Third Quarter

Nine Months

(Dollars in Millions, except per share data)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Revenues

$15,278

$14,139

8%

$47,493

$42,854

11%

GAAP

Earnings/(Loss) From Operations

$329

($401)

NM

$1,269

($4,718)

NM

Operating Margin

2.2%

(2.8)%

NM

2.7%

(11.0)%

NM

Net Loss

($132)

($466)

NM

($126)

($3,502)

NM

Loss Per Share

($0.19)

($0.79)

NM

($0.10)

($6.10)

NM

Operating Cash Flow

($262)

($4,819)

NM

($4,132)

($14,401)

NM

Non-GAAP*

Core Operating Earnings/(Loss)

$59

($754)

NM

$461

($5,773)

NM

Core Operating Margin

0.4%

(5.3)%

NM

1.0%

(13.5)%

NM

Core Loss Per Share

($0.60)

($1.39)

NM

($1.72)

($7.88)

NM

*Non-GAAP measure; complete definitions of Boeing’s non-GAAP measures are on page 6, “Non-GAAP Measures Disclosures.”    

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] reported third-quarter revenue of $15.3 billion, driven by higher commercial airplanes and services volume. GAAP loss per share of ($0.19) and core loss per share (non-GAAP)* of ($0.60) primarily reflects higher commercial volume (Table 1). Boeing recorded operating cash flow of ($0.3) billion.

“We are driving stability across our operations, investing in our future and positioning our teams to deliver for our customers as the market recovers,” said Boeing President and Chief Executive Officer David Calhoun. “Commercial market demand continues to gain traction with broad-based vaccine distribution and border protocols beginning to open. Going forward, supply chain capacity and global trade will be key drivers of our industry and the broader economy’s recovery. Our portfolio across commercial, defense, space and services is well positioned, and we’re focused on improving performance, while advancing technologies and digital manufacturing capabilities to drive our next generation of products and a sustainable future.”

Table 2. Cash Flow

Third Quarter

Nine Months

(Millions)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Operating Cash Flow

($262)

($4,819)

($4,132)

($14,401)

Less Additions to Property, Plant & Equipment

($245)

($262)

($758)

($1,038)

Free Cash Flow*

($507)

($5,081)

($4,890)

($15,439)

*Non-GAAP measure; complete definitions of Boeing’s non-GAAP measures are on page 6, “Non-GAAP Measures Disclosures.”    

Operating cash flow improved to ($0.3) billion in the quarter, reflecting higher commercial deliveries, higher order receipts, and lower expenditures (Table 2). Operating cash flow was also favorably impacted by a $1.3 billion income tax refund in the quarter.

Table 3. Cash, Marketable Securities and Debt Balances

Quarter-End

(Billions)

Q3 21

Q2 21

Cash

$9.8

$8.2

Marketable Securities1

$10.2

$13.1

Total

$20.0

$21.3

Debt Balances:

The Boeing Company, net of intercompany loans to BCC

$60.9

$62.1

Boeing Capital, including intercompany loans

$1.5

$1.5

Total Consolidated Debt

$62.4

$63.6

1 Marketable securities consists primarily of time deposits due within one year classified as “short-term investments.”

Cash and investments in marketable securities decreased to $20.0 billion, compared to $21.3 billion at the beginning of the quarter, primarily driven by debt repayment and operating cash outflows (Table 3). Debt was $62.4 billion, down from $63.6 billion at the beginning of the quarter due to the repayment of maturing debt.

Total company backlog at quarter-end was $367 billion.

Segment Results

Commercial Airplanes

Table 4. Commercial Airplanes

Third Quarter

Nine Months

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Commercial Airplanes Deliveries

85

28

204%

241

98

146%

Revenues

$4,459

$3,596

24%

$14,743

$11,434

29%

Loss from Operations

($693)

($1,369)

NM

($2,021)

($6,199)

NM

Operating Margin

(15.5)%

(38.1)%

NM

(13.7)%

(54.2)%

NM

Commercial Airplanes third-quarter revenue increased to $4.5 billion primarily driven by higher 737 deliveries, partially offset by lower 787 deliveries. Third-quarter operating margin improved to (15.5) percent primarily due to higher deliveries (Table 4).

Boeing is continuing to make progress on the global safe return to service of the 737 MAX. Since the FAA’s approval to return the 737 MAX to operations in November 2020, Boeing has delivered more than 195 737 MAX aircraft and airlines have returned more than 200 previously grounded airplanes to service. 31 airlines are now operating the 737 MAX, safely flying over 206,000 revenue flights totaling more than 500,000 flight hours (as of October 24, 2021). The 737 program is currently producing at a rate of 19 per month and continues to progress towards a production rate of 31 per month in early 2022, and the company is evaluating the timing of further rate increases.

The company continues to focus 787 production resources on conducting inspections and rework and continues to engage in detailed discussions with the FAA regarding required actions for resuming delivery. The current 787 production rate is approximately two airplanes per month. The company expects to continue at this rate until deliveries resume and then return to five per month over time. The low production rates and rework are expected to result in approximately $1 billion of abnormal costs, of which $183 million was recorded in the quarter.

Commercial Airplanes secured orders for 70 737 MAX, 24 freighter, and 12 787 airplanes. Commercial Airplanes delivered 85 airplanes during the quarter and backlog included over 4,100 airplanes valued at $290 billion.

Defense, Space & Security

Table 5. Defense, Space & Security

Third Quarter

Nine Months

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Revenues

$6,617

$6,848

(3)%

$20,678

$19,478

6%

Earnings from Operations

$436

$628

(31)%

$1,799

$1,037

73%

Operating Margin

6.6%

9.2%

(28)%

8.7%

5.3%

64%

Defense, Space & Security third-quarter revenue decreased to $6.6 billion and third-quarter operating margin decreased to 6.6 percent, primarily due to a $185 million earnings charge on the Commercial Crew program driven by the second uncrewed Orbital Flight Test now anticipated in 2022 and the latest assessment of remaining work.

During the quarter, Defense, Space & Security secured awards for five P-8A Poseidon aircraft for the German Navy and four CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters for the U.S Army, as well as a Joint Direct Attack Munition contract for the U.S. Air Force. Defense, Space & Security also conducted the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling of a U.S. Navy E-2D and F-35C, and delivered a total of 37 aircraft during the quarter, including the first CH-47F Chinook to the Royal Australian Army.

Backlog at Defense, Space & Security was $58 billion, of which 33 percent represents orders from customers outside the U.S.

Global Services

Table 6. Global Services

Third Quarter

Nine Months

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Revenues

$4,221

$3,694

14%

$12,037

$11,810

2%

Earnings from Operations

$644

$271

138%

$1,616

$307

426%

Operating Margin

15.3%

7.3%

110%

13.4%

2.6%

415%

Global Services third-quarter revenue increased to $4.2 billion and third-quarter operating margin increased to 15.3 percent primarily driven by higher commercial services volume. Operating margin was also favorably impacted by lower severance costs and mix of products and services.

During the quarter, Global Services captured orders for 12 additional 737-800 converted freighters for BBAM, an award for performance-based logistics support of the global C-17 fleet, and a modification award for Chinook infra-red suppression systems for the U.K. Armed Forces. Global Services also announced a partnership to expand capacity for 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters and was selected to provide training to the United Aviate Academy.

Additional Financial Information

Table 7. Additional Financial Information

Third Quarter

Nine Months

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenues

Boeing Capital

$71

$71

$209

$205

Unallocated items, eliminations and other

($90)

($70)

($174)

($73)

Earnings/(Loss) from Operations

Boeing Capital

$42

$30

$99

$47

FAS/CAS service cost adjustment

$270

$353

$808

$1,055

Other unallocated items and eliminations

($370)

($314)

($1,032)

($965)

Other income, net

$30

$119

$419

$325

Interest and debt expense

($669)

($643)

($2,021)

($1,458)

Effective tax rate

57.4%

49.6%

62.2%

40.1%

At quarter-end, Boeing Capital’s net portfolio balance was $1.8 billion. The earnings from FAS/CAS service cost adjustment primarily reflects an increase in the CAS discount rate driven by pension relief provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Interest and debt expense increased due to higher debt balances. The change in other income was driven by a pension settlement charge recorded during the quarter. The third quarter 2021 effective tax rate primarily reflects a lower pre-tax loss compared to the prior period, as well as benefits from R&D tax credits.

Non-GAAP Measures Disclosures

We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial information. The non-GAAP financial information presented excludes certain significant items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, results from our ongoing business operations. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with additional insight into the company’s ongoing business performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and other companies may define such measures differently. We encourage investors to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. The following definitions are provided:

Core Operating Earnings, Core Operating Margin and Core Earnings Per Share

Core operating earnings is defined as GAAP earnings from operations excluding the FAS/CAS service cost adjustment. The FAS/CAS service cost adjustment represents the difference between the Financial Accounting Standards (FAS) pension and postretirement service costs calculated under GAAP and costs allocated to the business segments. Core operating margin is defined as core operating earnings expressed as a percentage of revenue. Core earnings per share is defined as GAAP diluted earnings per share excluding the net earnings per share impact of the FAS/CAS service cost adjustment and Non-operating pension and postretirement expenses. Non-operating pension and postretirement expenses represent the components of net periodic benefit costs other than service cost. Pension costs, comprising service and prior service costs computed in accordance with GAAP are allocated to Commercial Airplanes and BGS businesses supporting commercial customers. Pension costs allocated to BDS and BGS businesses supporting government customers are computed in accordance with U.S. Government Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), which employ different actuarial assumptions and accounting conventions than GAAP. CAS costs are allocable to government contracts. Other postretirement benefit costs are allocated to all business segments based on CAS, which is generally based on benefits paid. Management uses core operating earnings, core operating margin and core earnings per share for purposes of evaluating and forecasting underlying business performance. Management believes these core earnings measures provide investors additional insights into operational performance as they exclude non-service pension and post-retirement costs, which primarily represent costs driven by market factors and costs not allocable to government contracts. A reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures is provided on pages 13-14.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is GAAP operating cash flow reduced by capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment. Management believes free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available for shareholders, debt repayment, and acquisitions after making the capital investments required to support ongoing business operations and long term value creation. Free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures as it excludes certain mandatory expenditures such as repayment of maturing debt. Management uses free cash flow as a measure to assess both business performance and overall liquidity. Table 2 provides a reconciliation of free cash flow to GAAP operating cash flow.

Boeing will require all employees to be vaccinated

Boeing will require all employees to be vaccinated.

From the Seattle Times:

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/despite-wary-labor-unions-and-conservative-opposition-boeing-will-require-all-employees-to-be-vaccinated/

In other news, Boeing released its third quarter deliveries:

The Boeing Company announced major program deliveries across its commercial and defense operations for the third quarter of 2021.

“We made important progress driving stability throughout our operations in the third quarter, as we prioritized safety and quality and worked to deliver for our customers,” the company said.

“Our defense and services teams delivered across several key programs. In our commercial business, we increased 737 MAX deliveries in the quarter, and progressed in safely returning the 737 MAX to service in more international markets.

We are also continuing to complete comprehensive inspections across the 787 production system and within the supply chain, while holding detailed, transparent discussions with the FAA, suppliers and our customers. Production resources remain focused on inspections and rework and the 787 production rate remains lower than five airplanes per month. We will continue to take the time needed to ensure the highest levels of quality. While these efforts continue to impact deliveries, we’re confident this is the right approach to drive stability and first-time quality across our operations and to position the program for the long term as market demand recovers.”

Major program deliveries during the third quarter were as follows:

Major Programs

3rd Quarter
2021

Year-to-Date
2021

Commercial Airplanes Programs

737

66

179

747

2

4

767

11

24

777

6

20

787

14

Total

85

241

Defense, Space & Security Programs

   AH-64 Apache (New)

4

19

   AH-64 Apache (Remanufactured)

11

42

   CH-47 Chinook (New)

6

12

   CH-47 Chinook (Renewed)

1

5

   F-15 Models

3

11

   F/A-18 Models

4

15

   KC-46 Tanker

3

7

   P-8 Models

5

11

   Commercial and Civil Satellites

   Military Satellites

Note: Delivery information is not considered final until quarterly financial results are issued.

Boeing to add 767-300BCF conversion lines at GAMECO to meet strong market demand

Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) today announced plans to create additional capacity for the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to help meet continued strong market demand.

The agreement, revealed by the two companies during a signing ceremony at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, will expand freighter conversion capacity at GAMECO, opening two new 767-300BCF conversion lines next year.

GAMECO will be the first MRO in China to convert the 767-300BCF and the only MRO converting both the 767-300BCF and the 737-800BCF. Earlier this year, GAMECO announced plans to open a third 737-800BCF conversion line.

Boeing forecasts 1,720 freighter conversions will be needed over the next 20 years. Of those, 520 will be widebody conversions with Asia carriers accounting for more than 40 percent of that demand. The 767-300BCF has more than 95 orders and commitments.

GAMECO, established in October 1989 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, is a joint venture between China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa (China) Ltd. from Hong Kong that specializes in aircraft and airborne component maintenance, repair and overhaul. GAMECO provides comprehensive, high-quality and highly efficient services to customers, covering line maintenance, base maintenance, component repair and overhaul, aircraft engineering, and training and technical service of ground-support equipment.