Building Boeing’s New Small Airplane

An aside before getting into the heart of this post: the following was sent by a Wall Street analyst upon hearing the news that Boeing will lose $300m on the first 18 KC-46A tankers. KC-46A over-runs. In the… Read More

Boeing’s Shanahan talks about new programs, shifting development in-house

We sat down with Pat Shanahan, who heads up Boeing airplane programs, at the Paris Air Show for a short conversation. One of the messages top executives have repeatedly said in recent months is that they will not… Read More

The GE Powerhouse and how it wins deals

Those of us who are intimately familiar with commercial aviation will find this as no news. For those who don’t deal in this business every day, this will provide a better understanding of how deals are won in… Read More

Odds and Ends, Post-Paris Air Show 2011

Here are our closing views of the PAS: Boeing Boeing did very well at the show. We know the headlines almost universally say Boeing had a bad show (which it didn’t) and was trounced by Airbus (which it… Read More

Leahy to Boeing: you’re “whistling past the graveyard”

This is a story we provided KIRO TV in Seattle, for which we provided reports during the air show. Airbus A320neo success far exceeds expectations Special to KIRO TV Airbus ended the primary portion of the Paris Air… Read More

Odds and Ends at the Paris Air Show, Day 4

Our final Odds and Ends as we head back to Seattle Friday. Marc Birtel, one of the corp-com guys at Boeing, asked us what we were impressed by at the Air Show (this was Tuesday, before the Airbus… Read More

Qatar, the launch customer, gives harsh critique of A350 revamp

There’s nothing we can add to this account.

Odds and Ends at the Paris Air Show, Day 3

Odds and Ends at the Paris Air Show, Day 3 John Leahy, COO-Customers for Airbus, says that after CFM re-jigged the LEAP engine with a larger fan and the seventh LPT stage, has brought the engine to parity… Read More

CSeries order intact, says Republic; CFM offered “great incentives” for engine deal

Bombardier’s CSeries order with Republic Airways Holdings, announced today at the Paris Air Show, is intact, says the company spokesman. Peter Kowalchuk told us late Wednesday (Paris time) that there is no change in the CSeries order, despite… Read More

U-Turn Al does it again

Airbus scheduled a 10am press conference to announce an order with Qatar for A320neos and the A380. The room was filling when an Airbus spokesman said the press conference would be delayed. The reason: CEO Akbar Al-Baker was… Read More