Done for 2023, LNA returns on Jan. 2 with our Outlook series

The Kingston, WA, ferry terminal parking lot. Decorations by the City of Kingston, WA. Photo by Scott Hamilton.

Dec. 22, 2023, © Leeham News: Today is LNA’s final posting for 2023, absent some breaking news of international importance. We resume posting on Jan. 2, 2024.

We will begin the New Year with a series of Outlook articles, looking ahead for 2024. This was a regular feature until the COVID pandemic pretty well destroyed any outlooks for the two years of lockdown. This year (2023) began on the tail end of the pandemic recovery. Now, with the global economy largely back to normal, we resume our Outlook series.

We’ll take a look at the airframe and engine OEMs and the ecoaviation sector.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wherever in the world you are.

The staff of Leeham News and Analysis.

Personnel changes for LNA announced

Oct. 9, 2023, © Leeham News: Leeham News announces several personnel changes today.

Bryan Corliss, who has been a Contributor to LNA for years, is leaving to become a corporate communication specialist with The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA). SPEEA is the engineers and technicians union for Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems. LNA is sorry to lose Corliss’ depth of aerospace and labor knowledge. Corliss’ email with LNA will be active for a month so readers may connect with him.

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HOTR: Some changes coming to LNA in January

Leeham News in addition to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin, may now be found on here and on Mastodon here.

Dec. 27, 2022, © Leeham News: There will be some changes coming to Leeham News on Jan. 1, 2023.

The first is that for the first time since 2017, we adjust our subscription rates. We’ve been including notices in our articles throughout December. We provided notice on our Subscription page on Dec. 1. Here are the new rates:

Subscription Rate Adjustment

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, the following subscription rates will be in effect (US dollars):

    • Monthly Rate: $59.95. This is for individuals and not corporate employees.
    • Annual Individual Rate: $652. This is for individuals and not corporate employees.
    • Annual Single User Corporate Rate: $1,632. This is for an individual corporate user.

Enterprise corporate subscriptions begin with Enterprise 3 (three users) and are available for up to 500 users. Please contact us at for more information.

This is the first rate adjustment since 2017.

Accordingly, we’ll make some adjustments to our content.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

By Scott Hamilton

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, my family would occasionally trek down to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry at Christmas time. The main attraction then was not all the very cool stuff in the Museum, including the German submarine U-505, a full-size replica of a coal mine, and locomotives.

At this time of year, it was to see the Christmas Around The World display–a tradition that is now 80 years old. Even as a child, it was amazing to see how different cultures celebrated Christmas. Here’s a taste.

LNA has some prepared posts between Christmas and New Year. Otherwise, we are taking the holidays off and return Jan. 2, 2023–unless there is compelling breaking news.

So with disdain for political correctness, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Leeham News in addition to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin, may now be found on here and on Mastodon here.


Aviation veteran journalist Creedy joins LNA

Kathryn Creedy

July 29, 2020, © Leeham News: Kathryn B. Creedy has joined Leeham News & Analysis as a regular contributor, it was announced today.

Creedy is an award-winning veteran aviation/travel journalist and author who has covered every facet of commercial and business aviation.

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Holiday publishing schedule

Dec. 23, 2019: Except for 2019’s Top 10 Stories, LNA is going to try and take off publishing from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

The Enchanted light maze at T-Mobile Park (Seattle Mariners) Field. Seattle Times photo.

However, if there is breaking news, we’ll report it.

Boeing hiring for key mechanic roles even as production cuts rumored

Dec. 16, 2019, © Leeham News
— Even as Boeing’s board of directors met this weekend to discuss a potential 737 MAX production reduction or freeze, the company has continued to hire workers it will need desperately once it finally gets the go-ahead to resume deliveries of the grounded jet.

So far this month, Boeing hired more than 250 new mechanics at its Puget Sound plants. Insiders also tell LNA managers are talking to their recent retirees–among others- about coming back to work.

This is extremely unusual for Boeing. Historically, hiring at the company all but dries up after Thanksgiving, largely because of a provision in its contract with its union touch-labor workers that makes December a lucrative month to be a Machinist–but an expensive month for Boeing.

Two factors could be driving the hiring: a need to quickly install mandated updates on nearly 800 grounded MAXes once the grounding is lifted, and a long-term global shortage of exactly the kinds of workers who have the necessary skills to do those jobs.

  • No end in sight for MAX grounding;
  • December hiring unusual at Boeing;
  • Boeing may need to lock down certain mechanics now;
  •  Last 777X bonus.

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Airbus faces challenges for A330neo

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Aug. 26, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus faces near-term challenges with its production skyline for the A330, even at a reduce rate of 4/mo, an analysis shows.

Looking forward from next year, when there are slightly more deliveries scheduled than production rates—a function of some leftover 2019 builds—Airbus faces an easily-filled gap in 2021 but huge production gaps beginning in 2022.

Even if Letters of Intent and options were fully converted to firm orders, big production gaps will exist.

A production rate cut seems inevitable in the near future.

  • Key Emirates order not yet firmed up.
  • Big, 200 unit A330-200R LOI no longer appears in data.
  • Why keep the A330neo in the product line?

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Digital transformation critical to Boeing

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 March 11, 2019, © Leeham News: Digital transformation is critical to Boeing’s evolving business model. But suppliers are in no rush to hand over their data to Boeing.

For more than a year, the airplane maker has been moving toward a new system for managing inventory and parts. As LNA noted last year, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ management expects the new system, known as SAP, will streamline parts delivery and cut costs for Boeing and suppliers. BCA has been pushing suppliers for more transparency of their own supply chains and production flows. It likely would not surprise many industry watchers if BCA moves to integrate its suppliers into SAP in some fashion down the road.

Managers and executives at several suppliers told LNA that they expect Boeing to push for greater access to their companies’ internal data in coming years. They expressed ambivalence between potential efficiency gains and loss of autonomy.

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Airbus appears poised to launch A321XLR

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Feb. 25, 2019, © Leeham News: The longer Boeing dithers on launching the New Midmarket Airplane, the harder it is to close an already difficult business case.

News last week that Airbus finally, at long last, is appears about to launch its Xtra Long Range A321XLR this year is overdue. Doing so will make Boeing’s NMA business case more difficult to close.

The aircraft should have been launch in late 2017, an insider told LNA recently. But the corruption scandals enveloping Airbus disrupted plans and drove executives to indecision. Launching the A321XLR was put on hold.

  • Killing the NMA.
  • A321XLR details.
  • Narrow market.
  • Engine down select soon.

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