HOTR: Five more airlines under court restructuring or ceasing operations

By the Leeham News Staff Aug. 31, 2020, © Leeham News: The Smartwings Group is the latest airline to file for a court restructuring. LNA’s monthly tracking of failed carriers adds Virgin Atlantic, EasyFly, Go2Sky, ExpressJet, and the… Read More

European Regionals Face Hostile Operating Environment

Subscription Required By Kathryn B. Creedy Third in a Series. Previous articles: The future of regional jets is limited by choices, Scope Clause US Regional Consolidation Began Before Covid Introduction Aug. 31, 2020, (c) Leeham News: European regionals… Read More

Pontifications: WA State frets about Boeing brain drain, but it’s already happening

Aug. 31, 2020, © Leeham News: Elected officials and others in Washington State worry about the “brain drain” as Boeing considers whether to consolidate 787 production from Everett to Charleston. These people are asleep at the switch and… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of Hydrogen. Part 6. Tank placement.

August 28, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In our series on Hydrogen as an energy store for airliners we look at the challenge of placing the hydrogen tanks efficiently. Different from carbon fuels, liquid hydrogen needs specially shaped and… Read More

Sunset of the Quads, Part 4.

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction   August 27, 2020, © Leeham News: After presenting Boeing’s and Airbus’ first 300 seater long-range widebodies, the 777-200ER and A340-300 in Part 3, we now fly them both on the route Paris… Read More

HOTR: Values, rents leveling off for 5-year old aircraft

By the Leeham News staff Aug. 25, 2020, © Leeham News: Lease rates and aircraft values on narrowbody, mainline jets appear to be leveling off, except for the Boeing 737-700. Ishka, the UK-based appraisal company, revised its tracking… Read More

R&D spending at Boeing plunges; Airbus yet to kick in

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction Aug. 24, 2020, © Leeham News: Research and development spending at Boeing Commercial Airplanes declined 21% in the first half this year compared with 2019. From 2017 through 2019, BCA’s R&D spending… Read More

Pontifications: Did Boeing telegraph its decision in February consolidating 787 production?

Aug. 24, 2020, © Leeham News: Did Boeing telegraph plans to consolidate its 787 production in Charleston last February? That’s when Boeing announced it asked the Washington Legislature to cancel tax breaks granted in 2003 to locate what… Read More

IAM warns members: Boeing is coming for concessions on 787 consolidation study

Aug. 22, 2020, © Leeham News: The president of Boeing’s touch labor union, IAM 751, is warning members that the company study about potentially consolidating 787 production in Charleston could lead to a request for new concessions from… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of Hydrogen. Part 5. The Hydrogen tank.

August 21, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In our series on hydrogen as an energy store for airliners we start the design discussion of a hydrogen-fueled airliner by understanding the onboard storage of hydrogen better. While there is present… Read More