Pontifications: Airbus nears 800 sales for A220, but major challenges continue

Aug. 15, 2022, © Leeham News: Airbus now has nearly 800 orders for the A220, but the program is years from profitability and production faces supplier challenges like those facing the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX. Passenger… Read More

Assessing passenger airline fuel efficiency

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   April 4, 2022, © Leeham News: Fuel prices abruptly increased just as travel restrictions started easing after the Covid-19 Omicron wave. The oil price increase accelerated after the Russian invasion of Ukraine…. Read More

HOTR: Airbus’ view on recovery from COVID; why Southwest stayed with MAX 7

By the Leeham News staff May 11, 2021, © Leeham News: Domestic traffic throughout the world is returning to 2019 levels, but at different rates, according to an Airbus analysis. Robert Lange, Head of Business Analysis and Market… Read More

Pontifications: Southwest didn’t invite Airbus to bid

April 5, 2021, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines didn’t ask Airbus to submit a commercial bid for the A220-300, three knowledgeable sources tell Leeham News. Southwest conducted an internal technical analysis of the A220-300 vs. the 737-7 MAX…. Read More

HOTR: Compensation wins Southwest order for MAX

By the Leeham News Team March 29, 2021, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines today announced an order for 100 Boeing 737-7 MAXes. The order was expected. The carrier also considered the Airbus A220-300. But any prospect of diverging… Read More

Airbus, Boeing diverge on technology for next new airplane

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction Feb. 1, 2021, © Leeham News: Airbus and Boeing are diverging on paths for a sustainable, reduced emissions strategy for the next new airplanes. The stakes are high: billions of dollars in… Read More

Small jet demand likely to stay depressed after COVID

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction  January 25, 2020, © Leeham News: As passenger travel trickles back to life, one trend that’s already apparent is a long-term diminution of airline yields in most regions. This is largely driven… Read More

HOTR: With MAX nearing recertification, Boeing has bigger problem

By the Leeham News team Oct. 27, 2020, © Leeham News: Boeing’s 737 MAX may be nearing recertification and airlines worry about passenger acceptance. But Boeing’s larger MAX problem is its general product line-up. LNA pointed out the… Read More

Boeing’s Renton plant may close from 2033: Analysis

Subscription Required Now open to all Readers. Introduction Aug. 10, 2020, © Leeham News: With Boeing likely to consolidate 787 production in Charleston (SC), reflecting a rate of 6/mo, the future of assembly in Puget Sound rears its… Read More

What’s the gain of flying a smaller single-aisle during COVID-19 recovery?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction May 28, 2020, © Leeham News: As flying recommences after country lockdowns, the fill factors for the flights will be low for an extended period. Airlines and the OEMs are anticipating the… Read More