Air Berlin files for bankruptcy

By Bjorn Fehrm August 16, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Air Berlin, Germany’s second largest airline, with 85 destinations, 8,000 employees and 72 aircraft, filed for bankruptcy yesterday. We wrote about Air Berlin’s problems in October last year and we’ve… Read More

Airbus group 2Q results: Engine deliveries decides 2017 results.

By Bjorn Fehrm July 27, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus Group presented its 2Q2017 results this morning. The result for the first half and the full year of 2017 is decided by A320neo engine deliveries. Out of a planned… Read More

Mid-year production update at Airbus

July 27, 2017, © Leeham Co.: It’s mid-way through 2017 and LNC is taking its second look at production and delivery stream flows for the Big Four airframe manufacturers. We examined Boeing Monday in advance of its earnings… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Keeping airliners operational. Part 9.

June 16, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: This week we finish our analysis how an operator would keep our tentative airline operational. By now we know the maintenance of the fleet is a critical part of running an airline. If… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Keeping airliners operational. Part 8

June 09, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: This week we continue our analysis of the operator’s maintenance plan we made last week for our tentative airline. Our airline is using Airbus A320s as our operational airplane. For these aircraft we have… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Keeping airliners operational. Part 7

June 02, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We last week got an understanding of the maintenance task types that a Maintenance Planning Document (MPD) for the Airbus A320 contains. We now use this knowledge to build an operator’s maintenance program for… Read More

Qatar Airways: Becoming a global powerhouse

By Bjorn Fehrm May 30, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar, a country of 0.3m Qatari citizens and 2.3m expatriates. Its total population of 2.6m makes it one of the world’s smallest countries…. Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Keeping airliners operational. Part 6

May 26, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Last week we looked at a maintenance plan for a common aircraft, the Airbus A320. We learned how typical maintenance tasks were described in the aircraft’s Maintenance Planning Document (MPD). It’s the central… Read More

Pontifications: Emirates profits drop 83%, MC-21 and more news last week

May 15, 2017, © Leeham Co.: It was a busy news week last week. Emirates Airline headlined its 29th consecutive year of profits, but downplayed an 83% decline. The Irkut MC-21 moved to the tarmac, an indication first… Read More

Turkish Airlines, 2016 a difficult year

By Bjorn Fehrm May 03, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Turkish Airlines had its first growth setback in modern times last year. The attempted state coup in Turkey in June hit passenger confidence and thereby its international traffic. After the… Read More