AMR’s goofy merger explorations

So AMR says it will explore merger opportunities as part of its bankruptcy process. The choices of potential partners are odd, indeed. According to The Wall Street Journal, AMR’s choices for a potential combination with American Airlines are… Read More

MAX v NEO, continued

Aspire Aviation has another long piece analyzing the two airplanes. Aerotubropower takes issue with some of Aspire’s analysis in this piece. Aeroturbopower cites publicly available information from Turkish Airlines that is particularly noteworthy in the debate between Airbus… Read More

Odds and Ends: COPA, Aeromexico, GOL for MAX

The Wall Street Journal reported late today that COPA, Aeromexico and GOL are lining up for the Boenig 737 MAX. The WSJ article is subscription-only but perhaps it will show up on Google News, as some do. COPA… Read More

US Airways’ CEO talks AMR, industry conditions at National Press Club

US Airways CEO Doug Parker spoke today on the effort to merge with American Airlines and of industry conditions. This is a running tally of the comments and Q&A. Parker: Was introduced as a good poker player, citing… Read More

Odds and Ends: Designing 737 MAX; RR & PW; CFM

737 MAX: Boeing Frontiers Magazine has a long article with lots of pictures describing the designing process of the Advanced Technology Winglets. RR-PW on big engines: Aviation Week has this article speculating on the prospect of Rolls-Royce and… Read More

Post-Farnborough thoughts: why so few orders, PR overkill and more

The Farnborough Air Show is over. Here are our thoughts: For all the pre-show buzz about expected orders, with names and quantities identified, this show was a bust. Airbus was said to be shooting for 250-300 orders; it… Read More

It’s official: United orders 150 firm Boeing jets (100 Max, 50 900ERs)

Press conference Jeff Smisek, CEO United 100 737 Max 9 50 737-900ERs, replaces 757s flown domestically. Jim McNerney, CEO The Boeing Co. Thanks to UA for putting trust in us. Boeing and United go back a long, long… Read More

Farnborough Day 4: wrapping up; big United deal

The Farnborough Air Show for the trade is over. Here are today’s final orders. Airbus: Avolon signs MOU for 15 A320neos. Middle East Airlines 5+5 A320s/A321s. Russia’s UTAir 20 A321s. Synergy Aerospace firms up order for nine Airbus… Read More

Farnborough, Day 3: Even more dull than Day 2

Few little activity today. Orders today Airbus: CIT Aerospace, 10 A330 (five previously undisclosed); China Aircraft Leasing, 28 A320ceo, 8 A321ceo–MOU. Boeing: Avolon (lessors), commitment for 20 737 MAX 8/9 and 10 737-800s. The MAXes are part of… Read More

But what of the runway performance?

Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times has this story in which he has the following observation: Wyse revealed that Boeing, through structural efficiencies, has also beefed up the allowed maximum take-off weights for the three MAX variants. Each… Read More