Bjorn’s Corner: Synthetic Vision

29July 2016, ©. Leeham Co: In last week’s Corner we discussed the power of the eye versus other senses of the human body. If one provides the eye with a convincing visual scenario, it can override many other senses… Read More

IRKUT MC-21; we look at the MC21-300.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction July 28, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: In February we did a first analysis of the new Irkut MC-21 single aisle aircraft that Russia is developing. We found that the aircraft has its own… Read More

747 production may end: Boeing

July 27, 2016: For the first time in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Boeing said production of the iconic 747 may end. In a 10Q quarterly filing today, concurrent with the 2Q2017 earnings release, Boeing said:

Boeing: program charges right course to de-risk finances

July 27, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Boeing officials termed charges against the 787, 747-8 and KC-46A as the right course while reaffirming the underlying strength of the company. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the charge against the 787 was… Read More

Boeing posts loss on charges

July 27, 2016: Boeing posted a loss for the second quarter on more than $2bn in after tax charges, announced last week, and amounting to $3bn in before-tax charges. The press release is here. With advance warning last week,… Read More

Airbus Group 1H2016 results: Trouble in key programs

Updated with analyst reports. By Bjorn Fehrm 27 July 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus Group presented its first half year results today, posting strong results in the face of delivery troubles with the A320neo and A350; and more… Read More

Boeing accurate on pax forecast, missed cargo by 22%: Wells Fargo

July 26, 2016: Boeing’s 1996 20-year Current Market Outlook was an accurate forecast for passenger airplanes but overstated demand for freighters, a new analysis by Wells Fargo Securities indicates. Aerospace analyst Sam Pearlstein took issue with “skeptics” (notably,… Read More

Dearth of wide-body order hang over Airbus, Boeing

Subscription Required Introduction July 25, 2016, © Leeham Co.: It wasn’t a good two weeks for wide-body airplanes. Week 1: Virtually no new orders for wide-bodies were announced at the Farnborough Air Show. Airbus, responding to a leak… Read More

Pontifications: Boeing softens 747-8F recovery

July 25, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Boeing July 21 announced it is taking an after tax charge of more than $800m against the 747-8 program. It also canceled plans to increase production of the 747-8F from the current 0.5/mo to… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Flight simulators

22 July 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Last week at the Farnborough Air Show I had the chance to try three flight simulators: The MC-21 airliner simulator, the SAAB Gripen fighter simulator and a special simulator for testing some new 3D… Read More