Airbus: We should fly like geese to save fuel and CO2

By Bjorn Fehrm November 19, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Airbus presented a real innovative idea yesterday at the Dubai Air Show to reduce the environmental footprint of civil air transport. In the future we should fly like geese,… Read More

A Basic “MCAS” System was installed in the Boeing 707 in the 1960s

By Oliver Stuart Menteth Fintech Aviation Services Special to Leeham News Nov. 1, 2019, © Leeham News: It was simplistic in design, had a graduated and limited input into the pitch control system and details were included in… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Analysing the Lion Air 737 MAX crash, Part 1.

November 1, 2019, ©. Leeham News: We start the series on analyzing the Lion Air 737 MAX crash by looking at what went wrong in the aircraft. It’s important to understand MCAS is not part of what went… Read More

Is re-engining the Boeing 767 a good idea?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction October 17, 2019, © Leeham News: FlightGlobal writes Boeing is investigating re-engining the 767-400ER with GE GEnx engines to produce a new freighter and perhaps a passenger aircraft as a replacement for… Read More

Embraer’s E195-E2 or Airbus A220-300 under 150 seats? Part 3

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction  October 3, 2019, ©. Leeham News: We have the last two weeks analyzed what aircraft to choose for the segment 120 to 150 seats, comparing Embraer’s E195-E2 with Airbus’ A220-300. The first… Read More

A380 service life struggles

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction Sep. 30, 2019, © Leeham News: It hasn’t been an easy year for the Airbus A380 program since the end of production was announced in February. Lufthansa announced in March that Airbus… Read More

Opportunity and challenges of a 787-10ER

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction Aug. 22, 2019, © Leeham News:  By 2024 the 777-300ER will have been in service for 20 years and the 777-200ER 27 years. United Airlines 787-10. Credit: United Airlines. LNA was the first… Read More

Mitsubishi, Bombardier reach agreement to acquire CRJ program

MHI to acquire CRJ program. MHI will acquire the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing, and sales activities. Deal worth $550m in cash, $200m in assumed liabilities, $180m in a securitization program. Transaction to close first half 2020 subject to… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Why hybrid cars work and hybrid airliners have challenges

June 14, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In last week’s Corner we discussed why aircraft with batteries as an energy source will be short ranged for decades to come. The battery energy density is too low and it won’t… Read More

Mitsubishi moves would make a lot of sense

By Bryan Corliss Analysis June 11, 2019, © Leeham News: © — A deal by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to acquire the CRJ program from Bombardier would make abundant sense for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp –  taking a struggling competitor… Read More