Daily Archives: June 5, 2014

Boeing continues to send 787 sections to Wichita

Boeing 787 center fuselage sections continue to be shipped to Wichita from Italy for temporary storage, according to an analyst who is monitoring the situation.

David Strauss, an aerospace analyst with UBS, is tracking movements of Boeing’s Dreamlifter fleet to gauge the progress of 787 Dreamliner production.

Boeing is using four heavily modified 747s called Dreamlifters to move 787 sections built by its suppliers to its assembly lines in Everett, Wash., and Charlotte, N.C.

A number of flights from Italy that are supposed to go to Charleston are instead coming to Wichita, Strauss wrote in a note to investors.

“We believe deliveries are being diverted to Wichita to help alleviate the bottleneck in Charleston around the 787-9,” he wrote.

Specifically, Strauss said UBS has tracked 30 Dreamlifter flights into Everett from major structural suppliers in May, slightly lower than in April. There also have been 10 arrivals into Charleston from Japan and Wichita to support Boeing’s second final assembly line. That was slightly lower than in April.

It also tracked 11 deliveries from Boeing supplier Alenia in Italy to Charleston in May, a new high.


April passenger traffic up at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

The number of passengers flying in and out of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport rose nearly 4 percent in April when compared to the same time a year ago.

In April, 119,265 passengers used the airport, compared to 114,939 for the same month a year ago, according to airport statistics.

For the first four months of the year, traffic increased 8 percent.

The airport is served by 34 daily scheduled airline flights compared to 32 last year.

So far this year, air carrier and commuter operations are up 5 percent and military traffic is up 15 percent.

General aviation traffic is down, however.

Itinerant traffic is down nearly 2 percent for the year, while local general aviation traffic has fallen 8 percent so far this year.