We’re off to Svalbard (we know: ‘where’s that?’)

One piece of business: AirInsight has a lot of videos from the Paris Air Show, interviews with key people. Go here for the full listing. And we’re off…. Long-time readers know we like to do unusual things–like our… Read More

Airbus comes up for air, responds to Boeing’s Form 41 reliance

Airbus came up for air from the Paris Air Show and provided this response on the DOT Form 41 debate. Readers can now compare closely Boeing’s response to our queries with the Airbus response and draw their own… Read More

Paris Air Show wrap; and other Odds and Ends

It’s over and here are the Airbus and Boeing press releases, followed by some Odds and Ends: Airbus books almost US$70 billion at Paris Air Show 2013 ·        466 Airbus aircraft orders & commitments across all product families;… Read More

Boeing’s future in Puget Sound, Washington–maybe Airbus, too

Yesterday we opined that the Boeing “exodus” from Washington State is a tad overblown so far. Here’s why we think so. As long as the airplane programs are derivatives of in-production aircraft, Puget Sound’s place in aerospace is… Read More

Washington State boosts efforts for global supply chain

 Washington State is ratcheting up its efforts to expand its supply chain work beyond Boeing, state and federal officials said in their final Paris Air Show conference call.  “Don’t underestimate the European companies that want to do business… Read More

Boeing’s “exodus” from Washington State a tad overblown–so far

Boeing has been eliminating thousands of jobs–union jobs–in Washington State and moving them to other states–non-union states. Boeing won’t say where it will assemble the 777X. Nor will it say where it will assemble the 787-10. So, predictably,… Read More

Paris Air Show, Day 3: A320, 737 production rates of 50+ seen

Highlights from the show, as we see it: Boeing said the entry-in-service for the 737 MAX will be accelerated from the fourth quarter 2017 to the third quarter. Southwest Airlines of the USA is the first operator. Bloomberg… Read More

Paris Air Show, Day 2

To us the biggest news coming out of Day 2 was not the launch of the Boeing 787-10–this was widely expected–but the suggestion by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney that he might seek a waiver to the mandatory age… Read More

McNerney may seek retirement waiver: our view

Boeing’s Jim McNerney may seek a waiver to the mandatory retirement age of 65–he’s 64 this year–to continue as chairman and CEO. As soon as the news was out, we got a call from one Wall Street analyst… Read More

The debate over using DOT Form 41in comparing A320 and 737 costs

Long time readers know that we don’t think much of the veracity of data filed with the US Department of Transportation under Form 41, detailing maintenance and fuel costs. We know from a consultant who helped an airline… Read More