A380 has “Lite” versions, too

The announcement by Airbus that it will offer Lite versions of the A330 and A350 families caused a much larger stir than we would have thought. As we previously noted, Boeing will offer a Lite version of the… Read More

Dropping EADS for Airbus Group

The move to drop the acronym EADS for Airbus Group is being made out by some media to be a major step that better positions Airbus to compete with Boeing. This is a stretch. The name change simply… Read More

Odds and Ends: Fixing Ethiopian’s 787; Pricing the 777X; Indigo and Frontier Air

Fixing Ethiopian’s 787: The New York Times has a good article on the challenges of fixing Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 787. Pricing the 777X: The Wall Street Journal has an article about Boeing’s challenge of pricing the 777X. It’s… Read More

Analyzing the Airbus plan to offer A350, A330 “Regional” aircraft

Note: The Blog by Javier takes an analytical look at the 20 year forecasts for the twin-engine, twin-aisle aircraft here. Airbus will offer “Regional” versions of the A330-200/300 and the A350-900 that will reduced the Maximum Take Off… Read More

State GOP wants Inslee to fail in aerospace, say Democratic leader

Washington State Sen. Mike Hewitt, a Republican from Walla Walla, took another shot at Gov. Jay Inslee and Inslee’s efforts to build the Boeing 777X wings here in Everett, where Boeing’s wide-body factory is located. Here is Hewitt’s… Read More

Odds and Ends: More on the A380; KC-30 boom still a problem

More on the A380: Bloomberg News has this story on Airbus’ efforts to increase sales of the A380, focusing on selling it with increased seating. KC-30 Boom: Airbus Military still has problems with the refueling boom on its… Read More

Boeing 2Q earnings call recap

Here are highlights from today’s Boeing’s second quarter earnings call. Jim McNerney (JM), CEO Greg Smith (GS), CFO JM: We are working closely with UK investigators on Ethiopian Airlines 787 ELT fire. In anticipation of planned action by… Read More

Odds and Ends: CSeries first flight delayed into August; Boeing 2Q profit; 787 future; LHR fire solution

CSeries First Flight: Bombardier announced today that the first flight of the CSeries has slipped into August. Here is the press release. Boeing 2Q profit: Boeing reported a solid profit in the second quarter, with increased cash flow… Read More

Airbus exec outlines goals for Washington State supply chain effort

Washington State suppliers who want to do business with Airbus don’t have to open new shops in Alabama or elsewhere globally to support the European company, its top supply official in the US said last week. We sat… Read More

A380 struggles despite Doric order at Paris Air Show

The surprise MOU announced at the Paris Air Show by specialty firm Doric Leasing for 20 Airbus A380s does little to build confidence in the aircraft’s long-term sales prospects. Doric finances A380s for the airlines already operating them,… Read More