Enders: Airbus has to change

By Bjorn Fehrm June 14, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus Group has to change, following the example of SpaceX and similar cultures favoring disruptive technology, says CEO Tom Enders. Staying the same is not an option. Enders, speaking at… Read More

MC-21 and C919 compared. Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction  June 08, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We started the comparison of Irkut’s MC-21 and COMAC’s C919 last week. We compared project time plans, structures and aerodynamics. Now we continue with the comparison of… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Keeping airliners operational. Part 6

May 26, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Last week we looked at a maintenance plan for a common aircraft, the Airbus A320. We learned how typical maintenance tasks were described in the aircraft’s Maintenance Planning Document (MPD). It’s the central… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Keeping airliners operational

April 20, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We expect our flights to depart on time and with 100% safety. At the same time, the aircraft is used up to 14 hours and flies up to 5-6 missions a day. This… Read More

Bad weather slows MRJ90 flight testing

Feb. 14, 2017, © Leeham Co.: When Mitsubishi announced that it would conduct nearly all the flight testing for its new MRJ90 in Moses Lake in Eastern Washington State, one of the reasons was its history of good… Read More

MRJ regional jet delayed until mid-2020

By Bjorn Fehrm January 23, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Mitsubishi announced a further two years delay of the MRJ regional jet project in a press conference in Tokyo today. The 90-seater variant of the aircraft will be delivered to… Read More

Trump or Clinton will be OK for defense industry: Analyst

Aug. 24, 2016: It’s a light week for relevant commentary from the US aerospace analysts.  Buckingham Research takes a view on the election of either Trump or Clinton on the defense industry. India’s Jet Airways will defer 10… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: LED runway lighting causes problems

August 19, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: I described in my Corner from 5th of August how a forward looking IR camera could add Enhanced Vision capabilities to a pilot’s tools for safe landings. The camera can pick up the… Read More

Interview with Rob Dewar: CSeries in service reliability

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction 21July 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Bombardier”s CSeries project has passed one hurdle after another during its development. The last one was the lack of Marquee customers on top of launch customer SWISS…. Read More

UTAS sees increasing electronic architecture in future airplanes

Subscription Required Introduction June 9, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The debate continues whether the next new, clean-sheet airplane will be a Middle of the Market aircraft (MOMA) or replacements for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families. Along… Read More