Pontifications: Recertification flights for Boeing 737 MAX appear close

June 29, 2020, © Leeham News: Boeing may be set to begin recertification flights of the 737 MAX as early as today, The Seattle Times reported last week. Testing will take three days, if all goes well. But… Read More

Pontifications: Aircraft values, lease rates plummet

May 25, 2020, © Leeham News: Aircraft lease rates continue to plummet as the virus crisis infects the airline industry. In an update of its periodic look at rates, the UK advisory firm ISHKA last week looked at… Read More

Engine OEMs forecast big hit to aftermarket revenue

Subscription Required Now open to all readers. By Scott Hamilton May 5, 2020, © Leeham News: The COVID crisis will damage the aerospace aftermarket in ways that are only beginning to be understood. As key companies report 1Q… Read More

Airbus 1Q2020, preparing for “the gravest crisis in our industry’s history”

April 29, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus presented its results for the first quarter of 2020 today. In the accompanying news conference, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said, “we are facing the gravest crisis in our industry’s history,” and… Read More

Can a passenger airliner run as a freighter with today’s tariffs? Part 4.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction April 23, 2020, © Leeham News: We spent the last weeks checking if passenger airliners used as belly freighters make economic sense. With the present air freight prices, it does. The high… Read More

Supply chain focus: Hexcel’s first 2020 quarter

By Bjorn Fehrm April 22, 2020, ©. Leeham News: With the COVID-19 meltdown of airline traffic and aircraft deliveries, we place a special focus on the airliner industry supply chain in the next months. Hexcel Corporation reported its… Read More

Why was the 737-8 losing market to the A320neo before the MAX crisis?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction February 27, 2020, © Leeham News: While we wait on the Boeing 737-8 to get back in the air, we take a look at how this best seller in the 737 series… Read More

JetBlue, a carrier at crossroads

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Feb. 17, 2020, © Leeham News: JetBlue Airways has come a long way since it started operations in 2000. The airline celebrated its 20th-anniversary last week. While the US legacy carriers were… Read More

Airbus’ profitability challenges

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Feb. 10, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus Commercial Aircraft ended 2019 with a surprisingly strong 1,131 new aircraft orders (768 net orders) and a backlog of 7,482 aircraft. There were 863 aircraft… Read More

Are AirAsia and AirAsia X outgrowing their key markets?

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction Dec. 16, 2019, © Leeham News: AirAsia and long-haul sister AirAsia X have been growing at world-leading rates for much of the past two decades. AirAsia’s fleet growth in the 2000s was… Read More