UTC media day 2: GTF hits 99.5% dispatch reliability rates

June 7, 2016: The new Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan, on seven Airbus A320neos, have achieved more than 2,000 revenue cycles with no returns or rejected take-offs, says Bob Leduc, president of Pratt & Whitney. The engines have… Read More

UTC media day 2: PW addresses Under-Performing supply chain

Day 2 of the United Technologies Corp (UTC) Media Days is focused on Pratt & Whitney. June 7, 2016: Pratt & Whitney officials today clarified an eye-popping statement yesterday by Greg Hayes, CEO of parent United Technologies, that… Read More

Wells Fargo sees reasonable, risky production rates

June 7, 2016: Single-aisle production rates of 57/mo at Boeing and 60/mo at Airbus are reasonable when achieved in the near term but more problematic in 2019. Wide-body production rate hikes are risky. This is the conclusion of… Read More

UTC media day 1: Intelligent aircraft, aftermarket support

June 6, 2016: Intelligent aircraft–systems that communicate more fully within the aircraft and between the aircraft and the ground–is increasing and it requires more and more power to achieve, says Mauro Atalla, vice president, engineering and technology-sensors and integrated… Read More

UTC media day 1: UTAS, twice the size of any other aerospace systems company

Note: United Technologies Corp (UTC) is holding its annual Media Days today and tomorrow. We’re providing reporting from the event. This is the first time in our long participation that UTC Aerospace Systems is presenting. UTAS is a… Read More

Pontifications: The Bottom Line isn’t always about The Bottom Line

June 6, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Sweetheart deals to win strategic aircraft orders are nothing new in commercial aviation. John Leahy, COO-Customers for Airbus, last week poked Bombardier for its order from Delta Air Lines. Citing a reported… Read More

Airbus stepping up innovation

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction June 6, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: In January last year I had a discussion with Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier regarding the innovation level at Airbus. The background to the discussion was that… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Transponders, the kingpin of safe air navigation, Part 3.

June 3, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Over the past few weeks, we have described how transponders go from being little more capable than the WW2 IFF that they were developed from, to how they will act as information beacons,… Read More

Boeing: no new technical issues with KC-46A

June 2, 2016: Boeing is not discovering more technical issues with the KC-46A, but recent issues relating to the refueling boom and wing pods are being worked through while concurrent production progresses. “As we discover things in flight… Read More

IATA on air safety

By Bjorn Fehrm in Dublin Introduction June 1, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: We report from the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Annual General Meeting running in Dublin Thursday and Friday this week, where all the world’s airlines meet… Read More