Bjorn’s Corner: Why hybrid cars work and hybrid airliners have challenges

June 14, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In last week’s Corner we discussed why aircraft with batteries as an energy source will be short ranged for decades to come. The battery energy density is too low and it won’t… Read More

How Mitsubishi Aircraft morphed the MRJ70 into the M100 SpaceJet

By Bjorn Fehrm June 13, 2019, © Leeham News.: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp (MITAC) has done more than a rebranding and new livery in creating the SpaceJet out of the MRJ70. It’s changing the design, its materials and several… Read More

Evolving the MRJ into the SpaceJet

June 13, 2019, © Leeham News: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. (MITAC)’s redesign of the MRJ70 and launch of the M100 SpaceJet in its place reflects a changing market environment when the MRJ program was launched more than a decade… Read More

How useful is an Airbus A321XLR? Part 2

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Mitsubishi moves would make a lot of sense

By Bryan Corliss Analysis June 11, 2019, © Leeham News: © — A deal by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to acquire the CRJ program from Bombardier would make abundant sense for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp –  taking a struggling competitor… Read More

Embraer in holding pattern awaiting JV approvals

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Pontifications: Melancholy about Embraer’s 50th year

June 10, 2019, © Leeham News: Embraer is 50 years old Aug. 19. This must be the classic case of mixed feelings. By the end of the year, if regulators approve, the marquis business unit, Commercial Aviation, will… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Why Electric Cars work and Airliners don’t

June 7, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In last week’s Corner I wrote: “The reason electric cars work and airliners don’t is the Sky lacks Stoplights“. The discussion was part of my previous series on Electric aircraft, but it… Read More

How useful is an Airbus A321XLR?

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Stabilizing 737 production is Boeing’s priority, CFO says

By Dan Catchpole June 5, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing is focused on smoothing out 737 production at 42 aircraft a month for now. Any decision to returning production to 52/month is well down the road, Boeing CFO… Read More