Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of airliner development. Part 8. Transport category rulings.

June 18, 2021, ©. Leeham News: We continue our discussion about the Transport Category (FAA Part 25) certification rules. Last week we talked about how much tougher the birdstrike protection is for Part 25. Now we look at… Read More

CFM announces the RISE engine program

June 14, 2021, © Leeham News: GE and SAFRAN took to the stage today to announce the extension of their CFM joint venture to 2050 and the CFM technology program RISE. RISE stands for Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable… Read More

Widebody write-downs are coming – how much will asset values be affected?

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction  Air New Zealand 777-300ER stored at Victorville, CA (USA). Source: New Zealand Herald. May 27, 2021, © Leeham News: As central banks pumped liquidity into the global economy over the past 15… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of airliner development. Part 4. How safe is safe?

May 21, 2021, ©. Leeham News: After giving an overview of the types of certification rules last week we now describe why the rules can vary so much between projects. We cover some general concepts around acceptable levels… Read More

Uneven financial challenges among OEMs

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   May 3, 2021, © Leeham News: The three largest commercial aircraft OEMs and their largest suppliers continue to report impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic in their 2020 financial results. The pandemic and… Read More

Pontifications: Long road ahead, but Boeing will recover

May 3, 2021, © Leeham News: Cowen Co. called the Boeing 1Q21 financial results “messy” with questions unanswered. Credit Suisse characterized a “challenging 1Q, though recovery should begin to accelerate.” My take falls in line with Credit Suisse…. Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The Challenges of Airliner Development. Part 1. Introduction

April 30, 2021, ©. Leeham News: After our hydrogen series, we now start a series around the Challenges of Airliner Development. We have more aeronautical projects in development than ever, fueled by the transformation to new, more sustainable… Read More

Pontifications: Balance shareholder value with product development and strategy

April 26, 2021 © Leeham News: Balance shareholder value with the long-term strategy of The Boeing Co. This is what Boeing needs to do. But there were conflicting signals from the 2020 annual shareholders meeting held April 20… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 32. Wrap-up: Going forward

April 9, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week we made a summary of the history of initiatives for sustainable aviation, now we look at the likely developments over the next 10 years. What is the likely development for… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 30. Integrated nacelles.

March 26, 2021, ©. Leeham News: This week, we look at combining the propulsion and hydrogen tank in an integrated nacelle as Airbus proposes in Figure 1. Airbus calls it its “pod” solution. What are the advantages, and… Read More