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C-17 production to end in 2015, last USAF C-17 delivered

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: C-17 production to end in 2015, last USAF C-17 delivered Reply with quote

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2013-09-18-Boeing-to-Complete-Production-of-C-17-Globemaster-III-in-2015

Boeing to Complete Production of C-17 Globemaster III in 2015

Sept. 18, 2013

Boeing will complete production of the C-17 Globemaster III and close the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. in 2015.




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Boeing Fulfills US Air Force C-17 Production Contract with 223rd Delivery

Sept. 12, 2013

Boeing delivered the 223rd and last U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter today, fulfilling the production contract more than 20 years after the first delivery.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

India will go in for another 6 by next fiscal year. So IMO this will increase.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
So IMO this will increase.


What will increase ?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry. I wasn't more clear earlier. The year of closing down C-17 Production line will increase beyond 2015 when IAF will convert the options for acquiring 6 more.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
The year of closing down C-17 Production line will increase beyond 2015 when IAF will convert the options for acquiring 6 more.

Boeing will not be taking any new orders for the C-17 after early 2014. That line shuts down in 2015.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well technically its not a new order and I am sure IAF will exercise those before Boeing closes its production line. There were rumors that IAF may eventually field upto 30 C-17's. But then again, these are rumors.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The IAF `options', even if not an order, will possibly make Boeing push back the line closing date. It is a considerable quantity, and big money. And for the IAF, an excellent aircraft, well in tune with its needs.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
I am sure IAF will exercise those before Boeing closes its production line.

Precisely - the Indian Govt. would in all likelyhood officially order those 6 before early 2014, and those could be made before 2015.

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The IAF `options', even if not an order, will possibly make Boeing push back the line closing date. It is a considerable quantity, and big money.


6 is a considerable considerable quantity, and big money to keep a production line open ?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/asd_09_19_2013_p04-01-618308.xml

Between now and the late 2015, Boeing will continue producing 22 Globemasters for international customers.

Of those 22, two are for an unnamed international customer, and seven are yet to be delivered to India, which has ordered 10.

“We have certainly discussed follow-on orders with India,” Bouchard says, adding she would defer to the Indian government about whether it will buy more.

Boeing does not yet have orders for the remaining 13, Bouchard (Nan Bouchard, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager) notes.



^ And that's where those 6 more for the IAF will come from.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And that's where those 6 more for the IAF will come from.
Thanks, Deb! BTW, 6 C-17s is not that small a number. IAF's current fleet including those in order - makes it the largest customer of the type outside the US, right?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
BTW, 6 C-17s is not that small a number.

I learn something every day.
sumantra wrote:
IAF's current fleet including those in order - makes it the largest customer of the type outside the US, right?

Correct.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/Boeing-Delivers-Indian-Air-Force-s-4th-C-17-Globemaster-III

Oct. 24, 2013

Boeing will complete production of the C-17 Globemaster III in the fourth quarter of 2015.
In addition to the remaining C-17s for India, the company will build 15 more for other customers outside the United States.
Boeing will continue after-delivery support of the worldwide C-17 fleet as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program Performance-Based Logistics agreement.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/singapore-boeing-confident-of-placing-unsold-c-17s-395826/


Boeing confident of placing unsold C-17s

Boeing is placing a high priority on finding customers for the 15 C-17 strategic transports it decided to build without confirmed orders.

“[The C-17s] are not without a lot of focus in the company,” says Chris Raymond, vice-president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “Any time you’re in a position where you’re protecting things at risk, you pay a lot of attention to it. We pay attention to [the sale of the C-17s] at the highest levels of the company, but we are confident that we’ve got some folks out there who will buy up the remains of the production run.”

Speaking at the Singapore air show, Raymond says Boeing is engaged with “five or six” countries about the remaining aircraft. Of these, “two to four” are not presently users of the type.

The C-17 is operated by Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA, and is also used by a consortium of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations from Papa air base in Hungary.

Raymond declines to specify the possible recipients of the remaining aircraft, production of which will cease at the Long Beach factory in California in 2015, but he is confident they will eventually find a home. He adds that Boeing selected to produce the 15 aircraft based on its anticipation of sales. “In our mind we’ve mentally allocated the aircraft ... but obviously we’re in an environment where those who step forward first will get the aircraft."

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-to-accelerate-c-17-line-closure-397972/

Boeing to accelerate C-17 line closure



Boeing has announced it will end production of its C-17 strategic transport about three months earlier than anticipated.

The company announced last September that it was closing the Long Beach, California production line in late 2015. This has now been brought forward to mid-2015, “based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders”, Boeing says.

The manufacturer expects the termination to generate inventory-related charges of approximately $50 million, which will be recorded in the first quarter, as a result of bringing forward the closure date.

Boeing has delivered more than 260 C-17s since production of the four-engined airlifter began in the early 1990s. The US Air Force ordered 224 to replace about 285 Lockheed C-141 Starlifters.

It has also signed contracts with Australia (6), Canada (4), India (10), Kuwait (2), Qatar (4), the United Arab Emirates (6), the UK ( 8 ) and a coalition including NATO members, plus Finland and Sweden (3). One further example is listed as destined for an undisclosed customer by Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

There are 12 aircraft in the production process as yet unsold, with India having options for six of these. Numerous nations, including existing C-17 operators, plus Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Singapore have previously been considered as potential buyers for the remaining aircraft.




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Boeing Updates Timing of C-17 Production Line Closure
April 7, 2014

Boeing today adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world’s premier airlifter.

Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015, an adjustment of approximately three months from an initial estimate of late 2015. The company announced plans to end C-17 production in September 2013.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-plugs-remaining-12-c-17s-on-international-market-400100/

Boeing plugs remaining 12 C-17s on international market

Boeing is working on the sale of the 12 final C-17 strategic transport aircraft, but says its joint marketing with Embraer on the KC-390 programme is taking longer than expected.

When asked about the final 12 examples from the C-17 line, Chris Chadwick, president and chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, reiterated that the company is working on selling them, but did not provide specifics.

“We’re pretty bullish on those airplanes,” he says. “There are some existing customers we’re in dialogue with and Middle East customers that have interest in C-17s. India has also stated that they would like additional C-17s. We firmly believe we’ll have no difficulty selling those C-17s.”

Chadwick made the comments in Singapore last week on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogues event. His comments followed Boeing’s 8 April announcement that it will bring forward the closure of the C-17’s Long Beach product line to mid-2015, three months earlier than expected.

Numerous nations, including existing C-17 operators, plus Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Singapore have previously been considered as potential buyers for the remaining 12 aircraft.
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The Australian Government has announced its intention to buy an additional two and possibly up to four Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transports for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Boeing announced in 2013 that it will cease production of the C-17 in 2015, and that, due to interest for additional aircraft from new and existing customers, that it would build about 10 unsold ‘white tailed’ aircraft. Apart from the two additional Australian C-17s, India has also expressed interest in adding to its fleet of 10 currently on order.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

India will order 6 additional once delivery of initial 10 completes.
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http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-sitting-on-eight-unsold-c-17s-with-more-orders-407176/

Boeing sitting on eight unsold C-17s, with more orders pending


Boeing has sold two more C-17 transports to an undisclosed customer, but it will likely end the year with eight unsold white tails.

There are 10 Boeing C-17 airlifters in various stages of assembly at the company’s Long Beach, California, production facility.

Two of the aircraft are spoken for by an unnamed customer, Boeing says. Boeing is trying to sell off the other eight white tails, which will be the last produced before the factory is shuttered sometime in the summer of 2015.

The 279th – and final – C-17 fuselage will be mated to its wings in January or February, programme spokeswoman Tiffany Pitts tells Flightglobal. The operation is California’s last remaining aircraft production line and the lone widebody military aircraft production line in the USA, according to Boeing.

“When we do that major join of the airplane with the wings, it will be a big deal, because that is the last time you will see one of these aircraft come together as an airplane in this facility,” she says. The Long Beach, California site opened in 1941 as a Douglas factory.

At least two countries – Australia and Canada – have publicly announced an intention to purchase a C-17, though neither factor into Boeing’s future planning, Pitts says. Until contracts are finalised, the number available remains eight, she says. The Royal Canadian Air Force already has four C-17As, according to Flightglobal’s World Air Forces 2014 directory.

Canadian news outlets reported earlier in December that the air force would buy one C-17 with money left over at the end of 2015.

Australia is further along with its bid to purchase C-17s. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency in November announced Australia was approved to buy up to four C-17s and support equipment for $1.6 billion.

The Royal Australian Air Force already operates six C-17As. The UK has eight of the type while both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates own four and six, respectively. Another three are owned by the NATO-led Strategic Airlift Capability consortium. Kuwait has at least one on order with the option to purchase another.

India has ordered 10 C-17As, which will eventually make it the largest fleet outside the USA.

“The proposed sale of additional C-17As will further improve Australia's capability to deploy rapidly in support of global coalition operations and will also greatly enhance its ability to lead regional humanitarian and peacekeeping operations,” DSCA says.

Boeing has plans to store any unsold C-17s following closure of its production line, Pitts says.

“I’m hoping they all will be sold before then, but we’ve had plans in place for a very long time to store and maintain the aircraft if that doesn’t happen,” she says.

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/era-closes-as-last-boeing-c-17-departs-long-beach-419542/

Era closes as last Boeing C-17 departs Long Beach

29 November, 2015

Boeing officially marked the end of aircraft production at a 74-year-old plant in Long Beach, California, on 29 November, flying the last C-17 out of the factory complex on Lakewood, Boulevard.

The military airlifter was flown to another Boeing facility San Antonio, Texas, before a scheduled delivery to the Qatar Emiri Air Force early next year.

Boeing vice-president and C-17 programme manager called the event “truly the end of an era”.

The fate of the Long Beach plant was sealed when Boeing announced plans to end C-17 production two years ago.

The factory was opened by Douglas on the eve of World War II and shipped more than 30,000 military aircraft within four years.

It symbolised both the growth and decline of what was once a thriving aerospace manufacturing cluster in Southern California.

Boeing closed down commercial aircraft manufacturing in Long Beach in 2004, following the acquisition of McDonnell Douglas in 1997.

Boeing continued building C-17s for another decade from Long Beach, despite losing USAF orders for new aircraft after 2011.

More than 16,000 Boeing employees continue to work in Southern California, mainly in commercial aviation engineering or satellite manufacturing.



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Final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Departs Long Beach Assembly Facility

Long Beach’s #C17FlyBye commemorates aircraft’s legacy.

C-17 global fleet support, maintenance and upgrades continue.

Nov. 29, 2015 – The final Boeing [NYSE: BA] C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter at the company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif. departed on Sunday, Nov. 29, marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach.

The airlifter flew over a crowd and the facility before heading to the company’s San Antonio location, where it will remain until delivery to the Qatar Emiri Air Force early in 2016.

With the completion of C-17 production, Boeing will continue the Globemaster III legacy, providing support, maintenance and upgrades to the worldwide C-17 fleet under the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics agreement.

“This is truly the end of an era. It’s a sad day, but one that all of the Boeing employees and suppliers who have worked over the years building this great aircraft can be proud of,” said Nan Bouchard, vice president and C-17 program manager.

“Our team’s work and dedication and professionalism created one of the world’s leading airlifters, a plane that is at the forefront for providing humanitarian aid and has changed the way the U.S. Air Force and our international partners mobilize for operations and aeromedical support,” Bouchard said.

The decision to end production of the C-17 production program was announced in 2013. Since the first C-17 took to the air on Sept. 15, 1991, the C-17 fleets for the U.S. Air Force and international partners have amassed more than three million flying hours supporting airlift of troops and large cargo, precision airdrop of humanitarian supplies and lifesaving aeromedical missions.

Boeing has been a part of California and its rich aerospace legacy for more than 90 years, with more than 15,000 airplanes – military and commercial – produced at Boeing facilities including those run by Boeing legacy companies McDonnell Aircraft Company, Douglas Aircraft Company and North American Aviation. Today Southern California occupies a diversified footprint of Boeing operations including commercial aviation; satellite manufacturing and new markets such as cyber security. Boeing has more than 16,000 employees in California and remains committed to defense and commercial business in the state.

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