Paris Air Show Day 3: Eyes focus on Boeing for more MAX commitments

June 18, 2019, © Leeham News: As the Paris Air Show prepares for Day 3 (June 19, Paris time), eyes will be on Boeing to see whether another commitment for the 737 MAX will be forthcoming. Headlines the… Read More

Airbus’ A220 gets increased range next year

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction May 30, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus announced an increase in Maximum TakeOff Weight (MTOW) for its A220 range last week. With the improvement, the A220s should fly up to 3,400nm when… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: MCAS fix on the way

April 19, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg yesterday flew with the final version of the updated MCAS software on a 737 MAX. It will now enter certification flights, having completed 120 Boeing test flights. Here… Read More

Training is a factor in the MAX crashes

  April 15, 2019, © Leeham News: This column will no doubt light up the blog-o-sphere. There’s been a major debate going on since the crash of Lion Air JT610, the Boeing 737-8 MAX that immediately became a… Read More

Pontifications: March is a critical month for engine OEMs

Feb. 25, 2019, © Leeham News: Even as Boeing put off a decision whether to launch the New Midmarket Aircraft until 2020, next month could be an important milestone—not only for the program but especially for the engine… Read More

Airbus’ 2018 results conference: Enders hands Faury a clean deck

By Bjorn Fehrm February 14, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Airbus announced its 2018 results today at a press conference in Toulouse. It was the last Yearly press conference for Airbus CEO Tom Enders and CFO Harald Wilhelm. Both… Read More

Airbus eyes fighters, MRTT, satellites for Canada

Jan. 14, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus Canada worked 10 years to position itself to win an order for 16 C295 FWSAR airplanes from the Canadian government. Officials hope it won’t be this long for the next big… Read More

2019 Outlook: COMAC’s slow but steady progress

Subscription Required Introduction Jan. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: This is not the year where China’s COMAC will have break-out progress for the C919, its challenge to the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. Flight testing is slow and… Read More

Airbus’ A320neo Plus, A350neo and new single-aisle airplane

Subscription Required Introduction Nov. 26, 2018, © Leeham News: There are few secrets that stay secret for long in commercial aviation. Airplane concepts are discussed with customers. Information must be shared with suppliers. And then there’s the manufacturer’s… Read More

Boeing can’t build 737s fast enough to meet demand

Subscription Required Introduction Nov. 5, 2018, © Leeham News: With a backlog of more than 4,700 737 MAXes and pressure to increase the production rate beyond 57/mo, an analysis of the backlog shows why Boeing has plenty of… Read More