The conundrum of a new airplane design vs a derivative

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction April 19, 2020, © Leeham News: When it comes to a decision by an aircraft manufacturer whether to develop an entirely new airplane or a derivative, these multi-billion dollar decisions involve hundreds… Read More

Aviation Writers Bloc: Calhoun’s Countdown

April 15, 2021, © Leeham News: Boeing CEO David Calhoun turns 64 on April 18. This means he is in his final year on Boeing’s Board of Directors and as an employee, unless the Board extends his contract… Read More

Today’s 737 MAX, A320neo values vs 2019

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction April 12, 2021, © Leeham News: The Boeing 737 MAX reentered service in December after a 20 month grounding. Determining values post-grounding and during the COVID-19 pandemic was complicated. The question over… Read More

Analyzing the trades between a single- and twin-aisle NMA

Subscription Required By the Leeham News Team Introduction April 8, 2021, © Leeham News: Some people believe Boeing should launch a new single-aisle airplane about the size of the 757-200/300 to compete with the Airbus 321neo. Others believe… Read More

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

HOTR: Investors optimistic for Boeing. Are they too optimistic?

By the Leeham News Team March 10, 2021, © Leeham News: Boeing’s recovery will be long, slow and painful. But Boeing has been through long, slow and painful periods before. Investors appear optimistic. The stock price has been… Read More

HOTR: Alaska begins service with 737 MAX

Alaska likely to cancel A320neo order. Details below. By the Leeham News Team March 1, 2021, © Leeham News: Alaska Airlines today launched its first service with the 737 MAX. The carrier’s first flight was flight AS 482… Read More

Boeing’s Ability to Finance the Next Airliner

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   March 1, 2021, © Leeham News: The combination of the 737 MAX crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic led Boeing to lose $12.5bn over the 2019-2020 period. Boeing Commercial Aviation (BCA) lost $20.5bn… 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

Differentiation in the marketplace and the time for the open rotor

Subscription Required By the Leeham News Team Introduction Feb. 22, 2021, © Leeham News: Airliners are now so efficient, one challenge facing Airbus and Boeing in competing is overcoming the laws of diminishing returns. The time may finally… Read More