A380 cost improvements limited to seating, for now: Bregier

MOM airplane doesn’t make sense. A new MOM should have new technology and it’s not available until 2030. June 9, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Cost improvements for the A380 will be limited for now to increasing seating capacity,… Read More

Airbus Innovation days: A350-1000 getting real

By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction May 28, 2015, c. Leeham Co. We are visiting the Airbus Innovation days where we have been given an update all Airbus civil aircraft programs. The perhaps most interesting update is the progress of the… Read More

Flying the Airbus A350

By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction May 25, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Friday we showed our little video from our test flight of Airbus A350 at end of April. Now it is time to describe the impressions during the flight… Read More

Analysis: First phase of A350 production

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction May 20, 2015, c. Leeham Co. The 27th Airbus A350 has started its journey in the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse and one can do a first analysis of how the… Read More

Pontifications: Remaking the Armed Services

April 20, 2015, c. Leeham Co. A news item last week caught my eye about the Defense Department, defense spending and recapitalizing the US Armed Forces. I don’t normally follow defense items at Leeham News and Comment. LNC is… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Lighter fuselage materials and what they bring

April 02, 2015; There is different information whether Boeing will adopt new Aluminum Lithium based alloys for the fuselage of the up and coming 777X, our latest info is that this is not yet decided. In this corner we will… Read More

Fundamentals of airliner performance, Part 6; The engine

By Bjorn Fehrm 19 Jan 2015: There is a lot written about the fundamentals of how aircraft fly. It is something that fascinates people and it generates a high level of understanding of these fundamentals. The same is… Read More

Fundamentals of airliner performance, Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm In our first article on how to understand the fundamentals that make up airliner performance we defined the main forces acting on an aircraft flying in steady state cruise. We used the ubiquitous Boeing 737 in… Read More

Odds and Ends: 787 donation; Alenia sues Bombardier over CSeries; 2016 777 delivery slots opening up

787 donation: The Boeing Co. handed over 787 test airplane #3 (ZA003) to the Museum of Flight Saturday in an elaborate ceremony marking an unprecedented donation of a modern airliner to an aviation museum. To be sure, the… Read More

E-Jet, the project that shaped Embraer

By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction In a recent visit to Embraer in Brazil we got a thorough brief on the background and decision making around the E-Jet and E-Jet E2 programs. We have written about these programs before but… Read More