A tectonic shift towards large narrowbody

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction A321XLR. Source: Airbus. Dec. 9, 2019, © Leeham News: There are now more firm orders for the Airbus A321neo than all the latest generation widebody programs combined: Airbus A330neo and A350, Boeing… Read More

A tangled web at the HNA Group

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Nov. 18, 2019, © Leeham News: The HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate with a heavy focus on aviation, has been in the spotlight for a few years as its financial condition deteriorated…. 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 earnings call: still hopes for 4Q recertification

Oct. 23, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing reaffirmed its belief that the Federal Aviation Administration will authorize a return to service for the grounded 737 MAX this quarter. The FAA certification flight will occur soon, said Dennis Muilenburg,… Read More

Boeing to cut 787 production rate, cites global trade environment

Oct. 23, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing will cut the 787 production rate from 14 to 12 for two years beginning next year, the company said this morning. “Given the current global trade environment, 787 production rate will… Read More

McAllister out, a new Deal at Boeing Commercial Airplanes

By Scott Hamilton Analysis Oct. 23, 2019, © Leeham News: Kevin McAllister’s departure yesterday as CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes comes as no surprise. Only the timing—now instead of next year, as was widely surmised—caught people off guard…. Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 7.

September 6, 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 discussed the flight control laws which are implemented with classical flight controls… Read More

Airbus holds the line on A350 production rate

Subscription Required Introduction Sept. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus’ decision a few months ago to keep the A350 production rate at 10/mo appears to be a wise one, considering that there is a small production gap in… Read More

Opportunity and challenges of a 787-10ER, Part 2.

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction August 29, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In last week’s article we went through the reasons for a longer range 787-10, a 787-10ER version (ER for Extended Range). We could conclude it would… Read More

Airbus faces challenges for A330neo

Subscription Required Aug. 26, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus faces near-term challenges with its production skyline for the A330, even at a reduce rate of 4/mo, an analysis shows. Looking forward from next year, when there are slightly… Read More