Assessing Bombardier commercial programs

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Pontifications: No rate increase on Boeing 787 predicted

Jan. 30, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Boeing will decide this year whether to boost 787 production to 14/mo from 12/mo by the end of the decade. I don’t see how this can happen. Neither do several aerospace analysts…. Read More

Two “Boeing countries” on Trump’s no-fly list

Jan. 30, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Two of the seven countries on President Trump’s own “no-fly” list of travelers coming to the United States committed to 108 Boeing airplanes. One of the governments is an ally of the… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft engines in operation, Part 2

January 27, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner, we began looking at the in-service operation of a Turbofan. We covered how thrust and fuel consumption varies in the different phases of an airliner’s mission. Now we will… Read More

Assessing A330, A350 production futures

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Boeing to decide this year 787 production rate of 14/mo

Jan. 25, 2017: Boeing today reported slightly lower revenues for 2016 vs. 2015. Revenues were down 2% to $94.6bn vs $96.1bn. Net profit was down 5% year-over-year, reflecting the lower revenues and after charges on the KC-46A tanker… Read More

SkyWest MRJ90 commitment unchanged

Jan. 24, 2017, © Leeham Co.: SkyWest Airlines, which stunned the aviation community in 2010 with an agreement to order 100 Mitsubishi MRJ90s and options for 100 more, is sticking with the airplane so far in the wake… Read More

A380, from flagship to LCC mass transport

By Bjorn Fehrm January 23, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: The Airbus A380 was introduced as the flagship aircraft for an airline’s fleet. Legacy carriers with a large long-haul network introduced the aircraft on the routes with the most traffic… Read More

MRJ regional jet delayed until mid-2020

By Bjorn Fehrm January 23, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Mitsubishi announced a further two years delay of the MRJ regional jet project in a press conference in Tokyo today. The 90-seater variant of the aircraft will be delivered to… Read More

Pontifications: Airbus, Boeing single-aisle production rates solid

Jan. 23, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The global economy is softening and airlines are deferring airplanes, but we don’t see Airbus or Boeing trimming aircraft production for their single-aisle airplanes. Over-sales and rising fuel prices support today’s A320… Read More