Emirates A350/787 bake-off remains wide open

June 9, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Competition between Airbus and Boeing remains wide open between the A350-900 and the 787-10, says the president of Emirates Airline despite an Internet report that the carrier has tilted toward Boeing. “No,… Read More

Bombardier ‘transformation initiative’ goes after costs across the enterprise, supply chain

June 8, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Bombardier suppliers, already squeezed by Airbus and Boeing to cut costs and prices, will soon face a new effort from Bombardier to do the same. The new chief executive officer, Alain Bellemare, last… Read More

Pontifications: Boeing finally cracks on 777 production rates, but spin continues

June 8, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Boeing finally said it may reduce production rates on the 777 Classic, but only initially by one aircraft per month and only starting in 2018. Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times reported… Read More

A350 replacing A340-300 / 777-200ER, still on with lower fuel prices?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction June 7, 2015, c. Leeham Co. We have just rounded off a series of articles around how A350 is to fly, its systems approach and lastly the conversion of Finnair’s A340/A330 pilots… Read More

IATA: Lufthansa welcomes US carriers to Mid-East dispute

June 7, 2015: The chief executive officer of Lutfhansa Airlines said he welcomes the Big Three US airliners to the dispute over whether the Big Three Middle Eastern carriers are unfairly competing against legacy airlines. Carsten Spohr, CEO… Read More

IATA AGM opens against mixed signals from industry

Miami Beach (FL), June 7, 2015: The International Air Transport Assn. (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) opens against a backdrop of conflicting signals from the industry, including from the organization itself. On the one hand, IATA said last… Read More

Bjorn’s corner: Conversion to A350, we talk to Finnair.

Introduction June 4, 2015, c. Leeham Co. In our article series around A350 we now finish by covering how an airline prepares its pilots for flying A350. Here we were given the possibility to interview Finnair’s Flight Safety Manager Tapani… Read More

A changing Airbus

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction June 3, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Airbus, the commercial aircraft part of Airbus group, is in a change period which in terms of its results will be as profound as the many… Read More

Widebody sales prospects this year

Subscription required. Introduction June 3, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Sales of widebody jets have slowed going into the Paris Air Show in under two weeks. Airbus sold six A330-200s, four A330-200Fs and Boeing hopes to make a sale… Read More

Airbus A350 cockpit compared to A320/A330.

By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction June 1, 2015, c. Leeham Co. In preparing for my A350 flight I learned how to interact with the aircraft’s systems in Airbus A320/A330 simulators. These two are very similar and represent the first… Read More