2019 Outlook: Boeing’s decision on NMA is the headline to watch

Subscription Required Introduction Dec. 21, 2018, © Leeham News: It is a stretch to say 2019 is a pivotal year for Boeing. There would have to be events of tsunami proportions to be pivotal for a company with… Read More

Key lessors see strong wide-body market despite worries

Subscription Required Introduction Aug. 7, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Amid talk that Middle Eastern airlines, which are the largest group of users for wide-body aircraft, may defer Airbus and Boeing airplanes, there are conflicting signs that the bleak… Read More

A380 order welcome, but may not add to Airbus backlog

Subscription Required Introduction The news of orders by Iran Air and ANA for 12 and three A380s respectively is good news for Airbus, but these probably don’t do much to boost the backlog in practical terms. These orders… Read More

Boeing cuts 747-8 production rate, takes charge

Jan. 21, 2016, (c) Leeham Co. Boeing today announced it will cut the production rate of the 747-8 from the current 1.3/mo and the previously announced 1/mo to 0.5/mo, effective in September. The previously announced rate reduction is… Read More

Assessing the China market

Subscription required. Introduction Sept. 30, 2015, (c) Leeham Co.: The Boeing deals announced last week with China put the country into the spotlight about its commercial aviation ambitions. For many, the various deals announced by Boeing raise alarm… Read More

World air cargo market struggles continue; ominous sign for new-build main-deck freighters

Aug. 26, 2015: World air cargo markets continue to struggle, according to reports yesterday from Cargo Facts newsletter and The Wall Street Journal. Neither report bodes well for new-build, main deck freights, although Cargo Facts concludes a demand… Read More

Pontifications: Boeing spin

May 18, 2015: Boeing has always been masterful with spinning its message, but the spin last week strains credibility with its explanation over how it will bridge the production gap for the 777 Classic into production of the… Read More

USAF picks 747-8 for new AF One, first delivery in 2018; end of program likely

The US Air Force has picked the Boeing 747-8 as the replacement for the 747-200-based Air Force One, reports Bloomberg News. The decision comes as absolutely no surprise. The first of two 747-8s will be delivered in 2018,… Read More

Assessing the VLA market

Free content. Introduction The business model for the Airbus A380 and its future has long been subjects of sharp debate. Airbus launched the giant airplane in 2000, with a maximum capacity of 850 passengers and a typical airline… Read More

Boeing cargo forecast: 540 new 777F, 747-8F category deliveries over 20 years

Subscription required. Introduction Boeing forecasts a requirement for 540 new cargo aircraft of 80 tonnes and up over the next 20 years. This is for airplanes in the Boeing 777F and 747-8F category. Another 250 new-build cargo airplanes… Read More