Jet sales in 75-150 seat lag Airbus, Boeing

Subscription Required Introduction The Mitsubishi MRJ90 hasn’t recorded a sale in a year. Photo by Scott Hamilton. July 13, 2017, © Leeham Co.: While analysts and reporters focus on the high-profile order competition between Airbus and Boeing, it’s… Read More

Is Norwegian in trouble?

By Bjorn Fehrm July 11, 2017, © Leeham Co.: In our review of Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian) the 8 of February, we pointed out the company’s ambitious fleet expansion plans with a rather weak balance sheet. We followed… Read More

Pontifications: 10 years after the Boeing 787 roll-out

July 10, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Saturday was the 10th anniversary of the roll-out of the Boeing 787. The date was 7/8/07, nicely coincided for the airplane’s name. The event was an extravaganza never seen in commercial aviation,… Read More

A380Plus: First analysis, Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. July 10, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We went through the changes that are included in the Airbus A380Plus development study last week. The study packages several improvements to the A380, improving the aerodynamics, increasing… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 2

July 07, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In last Corner we could see that battery driven electric aircraft will be for the extreme short-haul. The stored energy per kg battery is 70 times lower than for fuel. In addition the… Read More

Qantas’ ultra-long haul dream, Part 3

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction July 06, 2017, © Leeham Co.: In previous articles we have learned how to fly the challenging route Sydney-London direct. From a well-informed person in Qantas we learned not to fight the… Read More

A380Plus: First analysis

By Bjorn Fehrm  July 05, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus launched the A380Plus development study at the Paris Air Show. The study packages several improvements to the A380, aimed at increasing the capacity and lowering the cost per passenger…. Read More

Taking Antonov’s AN-32 to the AN-132

By Bjorn Fehrm  July 04, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Antonov showed the new AN-132 multipurpose transport at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft is the first product from Antonov which is reindustrialized to Western standards and technology. We sat… Read More

MAX 8 conversions to MAX 10 outweigh MAX 9

Subscription Required Introduction July 3, 2017, © Leeham Co.: There were conversions of 214 orders from other 737 MAX programs in favor of the 361 orders and commitments announced at the Paris Air Show for the launch of… Read More

Pontifications: Going where the excitement is

July 3, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Friday’s news leak to Reuters that Airbus CEO Tom Enders will assume direct control over commercial airplane sales is but the latest in a nine-month-long set of changes not just at Airbus… Read More