Boeing’s safety improvement since the 2018-19 MAX crisis needs more work

Editor’s Note: This story was written before the release yesterday of an independent Expert Panel appointed by Congressional mandate to review Boeing’s safety culture. The report may be downloaded here: Boeing Safety Study by FAA Panel 2-26-24 By… Read More

Breaking News: Congressionally-mandate safety study finds flaws at Boeing (Updated with Boeing comment)

Feb. 26, 2024, © Leeham News: A Congressionally-mandated safety review study of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) dropped this morning. The 50-page report of a committee appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration found serious flaws in Boeing’s safety culture… Read More

Ultimately, Congress is responsible for mess at FAA, Boeing, Spirit, et al

Editor’s note: Mondays are ordinarily paywall days. Because of the nature of this topic, today’s article is a freewall post. By Scott Hamilton Commentary Feb. 26, 2024, © Leeham News: There’s no getting around the culpability of the… Read More

Rolls Royce tackles Trent engine issues as profits take flight

By Tom Batchelor February 23, 2024, © Leeham News:  The turnaround at Rolls Royce is well-underway as the company revealed a more than doubling of its annual profit – ahead of expectations – at its full year 2023… Read More

Carrots and sticks needed to achieve sustainability goals, says Airbus

Subscription Required By Tom Batchelor February 22, 2024, © Leeham News:  The sustainability challenge is redefining the aerospace industry in all sorts of ways. An Airbus A350-1000 is refuelled with a 35% blend of SAF prior to its… Read More

Part 2: Reconstituting Boeing’s ODA system

By the Leeham News Team Analysis Feb. 21, 2024, © Leeham News: In part one, LNA looked at the Organization Designation Authorization, more commonly known as the ODA, what it is, and why it is so important to… Read More

Make the fix on Boeing 737-9 door plug fail-safe

By the Leeham News Team Commentary Feb. 20, 2024, © Leeham News: Four missing bolts on an emergency exit door plug leg to the in-flight decompression of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on Jan. 5 of this year. It’s… Read More

Airbus’s orders at risk

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction  Feb. 19, 2023, © Leeham News: After last week’s release of Airbus’s 2023 financial results, we undertake our annual analysis of at-risk deals on the OEM’s books. Airbus has outstanding orders from… Read More

Ryanair, Southwest, United take biggest hit from FAA cap on 737 MAX production

By Scott Hamilton Feb. 16, 2024, © Leeham News: When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) put a freeze on Boeing 737 production rates at the currently approved 38/mo level, LNA revealed that hundreds of orders will face delivery… Read More

Safran overcomes supply chain woes as revenues soar

By Tom Batchelor February 15, 2024, © Leeham News: French engine, equipment and interiors specialist Safran said revenues soared by more than a fifth in 2023 despite a “challenging supply chain environment” and inflationary pressures. Announcing the company’s… Read More