The 737 MAX – A Tragedy 60 years in the Making

This is the first in a series. Special to Leeham News. By Peter W. Lemme Twitter satcom_guru www.satcom.guru  Part 1: Min to the Max The Customer is Always Right Heredity Boeing 757 Misses the Mark Where were you… Read More

Pontifications: Remembering two other mysterious 737 accidents

April 8, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing’s corporate response to the crash of Lion Air JT610 was initially to blame the pilots of the former and defend the airplanes in that accident and the Ethiopian Airlines ET302 crash…. Read More

Southwest accelerates 737-700 retirements

Subscription Required Introduction April 30, 2018, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines announced orders 80 Boeing 737-8s so far this year and market intelligence indicates the carrier may be far from done. Another 60 orders may come during the… 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

737-7X, 737-10 studies illustrate Boeing weakness in single-aisle market

Subscription Required Introduction April 27, 2016 © Leeham Co.: News that Boeing plans to develop a “737-7.5” MAX, following on the prospect of a “737-10” stretch of the 737-9 illustrates just how weak its single aisle product strategy… Read More

Southwest Air’s expansion to resume next year, says CEO

Southwest Airlines plans to complete the integration of AirTran by the end of this year, positioning the carrier to resume expansion into new markets, says CEO Gary Kelly. In an interview last week at WN’s Dallas headquarters, Kelly… Read More

NTSB issues report of Southwest Airlines fuselage tear incident; and other stuff

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its report of the 2011 in-flight fuselage rip in a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300. The flight made an emergency descent and landing at Yuma (AZ). In other stuff: CSeries Report: Bloomberg News… Read More

Embraer selects PW GTF for E-Jet RE; concept clarity comes at last

It’s official: Embraer selected the PW GTF to re-engine the E-175, E-190 and E-195. In doing so, it looks like the E-170 will be allowed to wither on the vine. This is a huge win for PW and… Read More

Southwest places firm order for MAX

Southwest Airlines became the first customer to place a firm order for 737 MAX. The press release is here. First delivery is 2017. Southwest had been urging Boeing to proceed with the re-engine for two years, only to… Read More

737-9 Mission creep, Odds and Ends and 500,000

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh was clear: he wants changes to the 737 MAX to be kept to a minimum. This will keep the R&D cost down–a figure Corporate CFO James Bell said on the 2Q earnings… Read More