Can a passenger airliner run as a freighter with today’s tariffs? Part 4.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction April 23, 2020, © Leeham News: We spent the last weeks checking if passenger airliners used as belly freighters make economic sense. With the present air freight prices, it does. The high… Read More

Boeing charges, costs nearly $35bn since 1996

By Vincent Valery Introduction   Nov. 5, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing already has racked up $9.2bn in one-time charges and additional costs to the accounting block in the 737 MAX crisis. Some expect there will be more substantial… Read More

Boeing’s 737 in another pickle, Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm October 8, 2019, ©. Leeham News: The FAA Air Worthiness Directive (AD) for high time Boeing 737 NGs regarding cracked rear pickle forks was issued Thursday last week. Boeing had a call with 737 NG operators… Read More

Boeing’s 737 in another pickle

By Bjorn Fehrm October 1, 2019, ©. Leeham News: The FAA has issued an Air Worthiness Directive (AD) for high time Boeing 737 NGs, requiring immediate inspections for cracks in their wing attachments called pickle forks. The cracks were… Read More

Pontifications: Spirit Air reveals new seats at Apex

Sept. 16, 2019, © Leeham News: Los Angeles—Spirit Airlines, a US ultra-low-cost carrier, is upgrading its passenger seating experience, the airline’s CEO announced last week at the Apex Expo 2019 event. Ted Christie unveiled new designs for its… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 3

August 9, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”), we this week turn to the actual Flight control system after covering the… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 2

July 25, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”) this week we cover the difference in system infrastructure the two controls methods… Read More

Commentary: Boeing’s Tylenol moment and the need for radical transparency

By Judson Rollins March 13, 2019, © Leeham News: The traveling public’s faith in Boeing – and that of regulators in dozens of countries – has clearly taken a beating. The 737 MAX has now been grounded or… Read More

Collins contract vote keeps 737 landing gear on track

By Bryan Corliss March 11, 2019 (c) Leeham News: Workers at the Collins Aerospace landing gear plant in Everett, WA, have approved their first union contract with the company. Both sides can come away feeling OK with how… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Yaw stability, Part 2

March 01, 2019, ©. Leeham News: We now continue our discussion of the yaw stability of an airliner. Last week we defined the basic conditions of yaw stability. The aerodynamic side force from an angled airflow stemming from… Read More