An accelerating widebody fleet streamlining, Part 2

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 8, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we saw that earlier generations of widebody aircraft had significant range restrictions. Airlines with sizable long haul operations had to operate multiple aircraft types… Read More

There could be a future for the A380—and it’s not what you think

By Scott Hamilton June 3, 2020, © Leeham News: The conventional wisdom is there is no future for the Airbus A380 after front-line carriers remove the airplane from their fleets. Singapore Airlines retired the first of five A380s… Read More

An accelerating widebody fleet streamlining, Part 1

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 1, 2020, © Leeham News: As airlines slashed capacity in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, some took the opportunity to accelerate aircraft retirements. Older generation twin-aisle aircraft, notably the Airbus… Read More

Boeing 737 production rate boost to 57/mo delayed by four years

Plan called for 737 rate to go to 57/mo YE 2019. This rate won’t be achieved until 2023. Rate reduction considered for 777.  By Scott Hamilton Feb. 5, 2020, © Leeham News, Lynnwood (WA): Suppliers attending the annual… Read More

Assessing airlines’ widebody replacement needs

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Feb. 3, 2020, © Leeham News: As part of the 777X maiden flight, Boeing briefed the media on its demand forecast for the large widebody market. The OEM sees a demand to… Read More

Air India’s Rupee bottomless pit

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Jan. 6, 2020, © Leeham News: Air India lost more than $1bn in the fiscal year 2018-19. After years of heavy financial losses, the Indian government is mulling another privatization attempt. The… 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

A380 service life struggles

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction Sep. 30, 2019, © Leeham News: It hasn’t been an easy year for the Airbus A380 program since the end of production was announced in February. Lufthansa announced in March that Airbus… 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

Pontifications: The 747 revolutionized air travel

Feb. 11, 2019, © Leeham News: Few airplanes truly can be called revolutionary. Most are evolutionary. The Boeing 747 was one of those that falls into the former category. Just as the Boeing 707 revolutionized air travel, so… Read More