Airbus, Boeing agree on NMA–for now

Oct. 12, 2016, © Leeham Co.: It’s rare when Airbus and Boeing agree on product strategy, but officials of the two companies seemed in almost perfect alignment in separate interviews by LNC last week. Barry Eccleston, president of… Read More

11th 737 MAX on the assembly line as Boeing gears up for delivery next year

Oct. 11, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The 11th 737-8 MAX is already on the Boeing production line at the factory in Renton (WA). This one is for Lion Air, the Indonesian Low Cost Carrier that’s ordered 201 of… Read More

Pontifications: Reorganization at Airbus

  Oct. 3, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Airbus confirmed Friday the news reports from Bloomberg and Reuters that a major organizational restructuring of the company is underway. The Wall Street Journal had this report Friday. Airbus Group CEO… Read More

Boeing CEO reiterates production targets

Sept. 15, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The CEO of The Boeing Co. is sticking with current guidance for production rates through the end of the decade despite “hesitation” in wide-body orders. Dennis Muilenburg, speaking at a Morgan Stanley… Read More

Pontifications: A321LR actions put pressure on Boeing to launch 737-10

Aug. 1, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The order last week by JetBlue for 15 Airbus A321neos, with the option to convert these to A321LRs for potential trans-Atlantic service, comes within two weeks of Norwegian Air Shuttle converting orders… Read More

Farnborough redefines the MOM sector

July 19, 2016, © Leeham Co.: If anything came out of the otherwise dull Farnborough Air Show, it was that the Middle of the Market airplane debate is as muddled as ever. Boeing didn’t launch, or even say… Read More

The A380 investors day jinx

  July 15, 2016, © Leeham Co., Farnborough Air Show: At an event like this, we pick up all sorts of snippets that don’t fit into any given story. So here’s a compilation of our Odds and Ends… Read More

Boeing MAX program progresses well

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Pontifications: Boeing is back

July 4, 2016, © Leeham Co.: It’s looking like all the pain and agony of the 787 development is behind Boeing. (Except for the deferred production costs, of course.) Boeing is back into airplane development mode. To be… Read More

Boeing: no new technical issues with KC-46A

June 2, 2016: Boeing is not discovering more technical issues with the KC-46A, but recent issues relating to the refueling boom and wing pods are being worked through while concurrent production progresses. “As we discover things in flight… Read More