FAA administrator flies MAX in next step to recertification

By Scott Hamilton Sept. 30, 2020, © Leeham News: Boeing is one step closer to recertifying the 737 MAX. Steve Dickson, the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, fulfilled a pledge this morning to pilot the MAX as… Read More

HOTR: Rolls 787 engine orders tank last 5 year

By the Leeham News team Sept. 29, 2020, © Leeham News: Engine orders for Rolls-Royce on the Boeing 787 tanked in the last five years—pre-COVID. An analysis reveals that over this period, Boeing booked 952 orders for 787…. Read More

Pontifications: Winter is coming

By Vincent Valery Sept. 28, 2020, © Leeham News: The end of September marks the time when airlines in the Northern Hemisphere assess their summer season financial performance. Depending on the outcome, they adjust their capacity and evaluate… Read More

The engine manufacturers worst hit by the pandemic

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction   September 28, 2020, © Leeham News: The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is shaking the air travel and airliner manufacturing industries like no crisis before. More than 9/11, the oil crisis of 1973 or… Read More

Hydrogen, electric and hybrid alternatives not here yet

By Scott Hamilton Sept. 25, 2020, © Leeham News: Commercial aviation has had 70 years to use jet fuel safely. It’s unclear how long it will take to reach the same level of safety with hydrogen, say Boeing…. Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of Hydrogen. Part 10. Airbus’ Hydrogen ZEROe concepts

September 25, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In our series on Hydrogen as an energy store for airliners, we look at the three hydrogen-based concept aircraft Airbus presented this week. They are called ZEROe and are concepts and not… Read More

Sunset of the Quads, Part 8. The A380, 747-8i and 777-9 compared.

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction   September 24, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus was disturbed for decades by Boeing’s rein of the Very Large Aircraft (VLA) airliner segment with the 747. It was determined Boeing used this dominance… Read More

HOTR: Somewhat stabilizing twin-aisle lease rates

By the Leeham News Staff Sept. 22, 2020, © Leeham News: Ishka, the UK-based appraisal and consultancy firm, Thursday published its update of values and rents for 5-year old, twin-aisle aircraft. After a significant reduction since the beginning… Read More

Airbus announces zero-emission airliner concepts.

By Bjorn Fehrm September 21, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus held a webcast today, announcing three zero-emission airliner concepts called the ZEROe line (Figure 1). The two conventional designs, the turbofan airliner and the turboprop use hydrogen as… Read More

A lost decade for aircraft manufacturers, suppliers

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins, Bjorn Fehrm & Scott Hamilton Sept. 21, 2020, © Leeham News: Commercial aviation is facing a lost decade due to COVID. Yes, most forecasts target 2024-2025 as returning to 2019 passenger traffic and… Read More