US to tax fuselage, wings, tail imported for Airbus’ Mobile A320 assembly line

Dec. 31, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus’ A320 Mobile (AL) plant is no longer exempt from tariffs applied by the US Trade Representative in the 16-year long trade war with the European Union. Effective Jan. 12, the US… Read More

Podcast: 10 Minutes About Future Workforce Requirements

Dec. 30, 2020, © Leeham News: How many airline workers and aerospace manufacturing-supply chain workers have been laid off, voluntarily or involuntarily, in the pandemic? Even before the pandemic, airlines faced an aging pilot workforce and regional airlines… Read More

HOTR: Alaska Air still have A320neos on order; working with Airbus on best path forward

Dec. 29, 2020, © Leeham News: Stories and headlines shouted that this month’s Boeing order by Alaska Airlines adding 23 orders and 15 options to an existing agreement meant the death knell for the Airbus fleet. Alaska indeed… Read More

Podcast: 10 Minutes About Boeing’s Next New Airplane

Dec. 29, 2020, © Leeham News: As Boeing works to return the 737 MAX to service and clear its inventory of ~450 airplanes, it must look to the future. CEO David Calhoun all but killed the New Midmarket… Read More

Podcast: 10 Minutes About the Boeing 777X

Dec. 28, 2020, (c) Leeham News: Today LNA discusses 10 Minutes About the Boeing 777X. Something that should have caught Boeing’s attention at the time of the 777X launch was the lack of interest from two key customer… Read More

Boeing should build 757 replacement in Washington

Commentary Dec. 22, 2020, © Leeham News: If you get a chance over the next few weeks – in between binge-watching The Queen’s Gambit, putting up the 79 extra feet of Christmas lights you ordered this year and… Read More

Senate report reveals FAA retaliation, hostile culture

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction Dec. 21, 2020, © Leeham News: The US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Friday issued a damning report taking Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration to task. A 20-month investigation began… Read More

Pontifications: 2020 Retrospective–the worst ever seen

Dec. 21, 2020, © Leeham News: This is my last Pontification of 2020. I’ll be off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It’s only fitting to look back at what is the worst year in commercial aviation—ever…. Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 18. Airliner hydrogen tank

December 18, 2020, ©. Leeham News: After discussing the risk-reducing research programs we need to do before a program launch in 2027, we focus the next Corners on the hydrogen airliner’s biggest problem, the liquid hydrogen tank. In… Read More

The A350, Part 1: Intro and A350-800

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction Dec. 17, 2020, © Leeham News: After running a series on the Dreamliner, LNA will now start a series on Airbus’ latest-generation twin-aisle aircraft, the A350. Airbus should deliver its 400th A350… Read More