Pontifications: Southwest didn’t invite Airbus to bid

April 5, 2021, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines didn’t ask Airbus to submit a commercial bid for the A220-300, three knowledgeable sources tell Leeham News. Southwest conducted an internal technical analysis of the A220-300 vs. the 737-7 MAX…. Read More

Did Airbus miss opportunities with Alaska, Southwest?

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction March 22, 2021, © Leeham News: Airbus lost an order from Alaska Airlines, which means the carrier will essentially revert to an all-Boeing fleet. Alaska Airlines ordered more Boeing 737 MAXes instead… Read More

Pontifications: For Boeing, the future is a new airplane, not the status quo

 Feb. 22, 2021, © Leeham News: Tunnel-vision pundits, analysts, and even some experts say Boeing shouldn’t launch a new airplane program within the next few years. Why? They say doing so will cannibalize the 737 MAX 9 and… Read More

Outlook 2021: Boeing needs boring, Airbus looks for recovery

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton and Vincent Valery Introduction Jan. 5, 2021, © Leeham News: What’s in store for Airbus and Boeing this year? Boeing needs a boring year. Airbus is clearly better positioned than Boeing. Twenty-twenty one… Read More

FAA administrator flies MAX in next step to recertification

By Scott Hamilton Sept. 30, 2020, © Leeham News: Boeing is one step closer to recertifying the 737 MAX. Steve Dickson, the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, fulfilled a pledge this morning to pilot the MAX as… Read More

Boeing’s Renton plant may close from 2033: Analysis

Subscription Required Now open to all Readers. Introduction Aug. 10, 2020, © Leeham News: With Boeing likely to consolidate 787 production in Charleston (SC), reflecting a rate of 6/mo, the future of assembly in Puget Sound rears its… Read More

HOTR: Second hand 787-8 market to be tested

By the Leeham News Staff July 10, 2020, (c) 2020, Leeham News: A few months ago, Qantas announced that it intended to sell three Jetstar-operated Boeing 787-8s that would become surplus once the airline received its first A321-LRs…. Read More

Air Canada inaugurates A220-300 service today

Jan. 16, 2020, © Leeham News: Air Canada inaugurates Airbus A220-300 service today, becoming the second North American carrier to operate the A220. Delta Air Lines was the first, with the A220-100 last year. It is the first… Read More

How will MAX recertification affect future airplanes?

Subscription Required Introduction April 8, 2019, © Leeham News: The certification process and cooperation between Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration is under a microscope, subject to international scrutiny, a Congressional hearing, an inspector’s general investigation and… Read More

Shareholders OK Boeing-Embraer JV; court, anti-trust approvals next

Subscription Required Introduction Feb. 28, 2019, © Leeham News: Embraer’s shareholders this week approved the joint venture between their company and Boeing, moving another step closer to completion expected by the end of this year. Boeing will own… Read More