Prices set for years, Boeing cost-cutting goes straight to bottom line

April 12, 2016: Prices for Boeing and Airbus planes are set through the remaining decade, meaning any cost-cutting being pursued by Boeing will flow straight to the bottom line, a new note issued yesterday from Bernstein Research concludes…. Read More

Why Boeing won’t take a charge on 787s

Subscription Required Introduction Boeing 787-9. Source: Boeing. April 11, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Boeing has $29bn in deferred production costs and another $3bn in deferred tooling costs for its 787. The accounting block, for its program accounting, is… Read More

Pontifications: Catching up on the KC-46A, KC-30A

April 11, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes that the Boeing KC-46A aerial refueling tanker for the US Air Force has “challenging testing and delivery schedules” ahead in its annual review of the program…. Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Embraer’s Fly-by-wire approach

08 April 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Two weeks ago we discussed the advantages of a Fly-By-Wire (FBW) system which uses feedback based flight laws. We discussed the fact that aircraft OEMs can get the desired FBW handling characteristics with… Read More

Inflight Internet

By Bjorn Fehrm 06 April 2016, ©. Leeham Co., Hamburg, Germany: On the second day of the Aircraft Interior eXpo, AIX 2016, we checked out the In-flight Internet situation. What interested us was why is there such lousy… Read More

Trends in cabin amenities

By Bjorn Fehrm 05 April 2016, ©. Leeham Co: We are at the Aircraft Interior eXpo, AIX 2016, to check out what’s new where the aircraft meets the passenger. We got to the expo in Hamburg on a… Read More

Alaska, Virgin confirm merger

April 4, 2016, (c) Leeham Co.: Alaska Air Group and Virgin America confirmed weekend reports that they reached a deal to merge. The replay of the Alaska webcast/conference call, with slide show, is here. Rationale includes what LNC outlined… Read More

Boeing has lost neo/MAX battle; time to refocus goals

Subscription Required Introduction April 4, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Boeing should forget about competing with Airbus for market share. The Airbus A320neo. Airbus has won the single-aisle battle between the neo and Boeing 737 MAX. Boeing needs to… Read More

Pontifications: Boeing’s 8,000 employee reduction isn’t nearly enough

April 4, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Boeing’s plans to reduce head count at Boeing Commercial Airplanes by 8,000 jobs this year dominated the news last week. Comparing employment figures with Airbus Commercial shows this reduction isn’t nearly enough. BCA… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Flight control, Part 4

1 April 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Last week we described the computer augmented flight controls that are possible with Fly-By-Wire (FBW) systems. We described the most common flight control laws by discussing the two most common control law… Read More