Airbus poised to overtake Boeing in wide-body sector, bracket Boeing at both ends

Subscription required. Introduction Airbus is poised to produce more medium twin-aisle airplanes than Boeing by the end of 2017 and maintain the lead into the early 2020 decade, according to production rates that have been announced, unannounced and… Read More

New and Derivative Airplanes: Some good, some not: Part 2

Part 2 of two parts. With multiples and multiples of billions of dollars at stake to develop new airplanes, and the billions of dollars of cost overruns at risk, it’s understandable the Airbus and Boeing are shifting to… Read More

Airbus could decide on A380neo within six month: Emirates’ Tim Clark

Airbus could decide within the next six months whether to re-engine the A380 with Rolls-Royce powerplants, says Tim Clark, the president of Emirate Airlines, which has ordered more of the giant airplanes than any other customer. Clark, speaking… Read More

Analyzing the Emirates order cancellations

The cancelled order for 70 Airbus A350s before the company’s annual Innovation Days was a surprise and an embarrassment that took the edge off what was intended to be a two day promotion of Airbus programs. The cancellation… Read More

Emirates cancels A350 order, could be boost for slow-selling 777 Classic

Airbus announced Wednesday morning French time that Emirates Airlines canceled its firm order for 70 A350 XWBs. In a statement, Airbus said: Airbus confirms that Emirates Airline has decided to cancel its order of 70 A350 XWB aircraft…. Read More

Implications of the Dubai Air Show orders

With the Dubai Air Show wrapped up, it’s time to assess the events and the implications.   Boeing launches 777X Boeing launched the 777X at the show with orders and commitments for 182 777-9s and 43 777-8s, the… Read More

DXB13, Day 2: A350 Regional; New Libyan airline; 777X production timeline; More on IAM-777X issue

It looks like the big news of the Dubai Air Show has already come-and-gone. There was little order activity on the second day. A350 Regional: Etihad Airlines’ order for Airbus A350s include a regional version, with lighter weight,… Read More

Boeing in Puget Sound after the IAM 777X vote: bleak, unless something changes

With the rejection last week by the International Association of Machinists Local 751of the Boeing contract offer that would have located the 777X airplane assembly and wing production in Puget Sound (Seattle), the inevitable question arises: What is… Read More

DXB13 Day 1: Airbus scores big orders, Boeing launches 777X

From the Dubai Air Show, Day 1: Airbus Emirates orders 50 A380s Qatar orders A330s Qatar would buy A350-1000 stretch Etihad Orders A350, A320 Boeing 777 Launched: Boeing New Airplane; Montreal Gazette, reporting from Dubai Aviation Week: 787… Read More

Airbus’ A350-1000 dilemma

Airbus has a dilemma with what to do about the A350-1000. . Does the OEM stick with the -1000 as it is, ceding the 400 seat segment to Boeing with its new 777-9X? Or does it stretch the… Read More