Boeing cuts 747-8 production rate, takes charge

Jan. 21, 2016, (c) Leeham Co. Boeing today announced it will cut the production rate of the 747-8 from the current 1.3/mo and the previously announced 1/mo to 0.5/mo, effective in September. The previously announced rate reduction is… Read More

United chooses 737-700 over CS100 in big blow to Bombardier

Jan. 21, 2016: United Airlines elected to order 40 Boeing 737-700s instead of the Bombardier CS100, it was announced today. It’s a huge blow to Bombardier, which was hoping to land this order to give a big boost… Read More

Analysis: Sukhoi’s regional jet SSJ100, Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction 21 January 2016, ©. Leeham Co: The first part of our analysis, published Monday, looked at Russia’s first effort to design and aircraft to penetrate the Western airplane market, Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ100)…. Read More

The fuel effect; or old is beautiful

By Bjorn Fehrm 19 January 2016, ©. Leeham Co: When Willie Walsh, the CEO of IAG, said that the Airbus A340-600 “is a fantastic aircraft at fuel below $60 a barrel but perhaps not at $120,” he put… Read More

IAG is looking at leasing used A380s

By Bjorn Fehrm 18 January 2016, ©. Leeham Co in Dublin: Willie Walsh, the CEO of IAG (which is the holding of Brittish Airways, IBERIA, Vueling and Air Lingus) spoke at the Growth Frontiers 2016 conference in Dublin… Read More

Pontifications: A sea change at Boeing

Jan. 18, 2016, © Leeham Co. The surprise announcement last week of a tentative contract agreement between Boeing and its engineers union, SPEEA, was the best news coming out of the company that I’ve heard in years.

Analysis: Sukhoi’s regional jet Superjet 100

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction 18 January 2016, © Leeham Co: Russian aircraft have never succeeded in penetrating the Western market. But then they never really tried, until now. They were designed for the Soviet Union captive… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: What did we learn in 2015; engines

15 January 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Last week we looked back on what happened in 2015 on the airframe front. We finish the retrospective by looking at what turbofan engine technology came to market in 2015. New engine… Read More

Muilenburg’s blessing on process cleared way for SPEEA contract

Jan. 14, 2016: (c) Leeham Co. Blessing a new process in contract negotiations made an agreement possible between Boeing and its engineers’ union, SPEEA, its executive director told LNC in an interview after the surprise deal was announced… Read More

Boeing, SPEEA reached contract accord months ahead of schedule

Jan. 13, 2016: Boeing and its engineers union, SPEEA, reached a contract accord months ahead of the September amendment date, SPEEA announced today. The full press release is below. We’ll update as we get more information.