Zunum Aero is betting on better batteries tomorrow and the day after

By Dan Catchpole danieljcatchpole(at)gmail(dot)com Subscription Required Introduction Oct. 15, 2018, © Leeham News: Battery technology today leaves a lot to be desired. The energy density of even the most advanced batteries are a sliver of the density in… Read More

Chinese and Russian Widebody takes shape. Part 3.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction January 25, 2018, © Leeham Co.: In the second article about the new Chinese/Russian widebody, CR929, we looked at the size of the aircraft and its passenger capacity. The CR929 can be… Read More

Chinese and Russian Widebody takes shape: Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction January 18, 2018, © Leeham Co.: In the first article about the Chinese/Russian widebody, the CR929, we described the route to a joint program company and the launch of the project. We… Read More

Interview with Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier: Airbus and innovation

Subscription required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction 18 Jan 2015: When visiting Toulouse last week we got the opportunity to talk to Airbus CEO, Fabrice Bregiér, on one of his pet subjects: the need for Airbus to be more innovative…. Read More

Boeing tells Spirit to pause 737 MAX fuselage production

June 11, 2020, © Leeham News: Spirit Aerosystems, maker of the Boeing 737 fuselages, yesterday said it will lay off 900 workers on the MAX line for three weeks. “Spirit received a letter from Boeing directing Spirit to… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 20.

May 1, 2020, ©. Leeham News: We now wrap the series about technologies that can help reduce air transport’s environmental footprint. I wrote in the first article, December 13: We have lost our way in our search for… Read More

Supply chain focus: Thales’ first 2020 quarter

By Bjorn Fehrm April 30, 2020, ©. Leeham News: We continue our special focus on the OEM supply chain as the COVID19 crisis threatens several suppliers. Thales Group is the number three supplier of Avionics and IFE to the… Read More

Restarting credit markets

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   April 13, 2020, © Leeham News: Companies across the globe moved quickly to draw down credit facilities or arrange new debt to get through the economic disasters brought on by COVID-19, the… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 15.

March 27, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In this week’s Corner, we analyze the use of carbon-neutral fuels for airliner use. Almost all variants of carbon-neutral fuels have the “drop-in” advantage, they can replace our regular jet fuel in… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 14.

March 20, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In this week’s Corner, we continue our analysis of what it means for a regional airliner to go from Turbofan propulsion to Hybrid Electric propulsion. Last week, we looked at a Serial… Read More