R&D spending at Boeing plunges; Airbus yet to kick in

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction Aug. 24, 2020, © Leeham News: Research and development spending at Boeing Commercial Airplanes declined 21% in the first half this year compared with 2019. From 2017 through 2019, BCA’s R&D spending… 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

Airbus 1H2020; “We have reached the right production level for the pandemic”

By Bjorn Fehrm July 30, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus presented its results for the first half of 2020 today. Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury said on the analyst call “We made a large adjustment to lower production rates… Read More

Looking ahead for 2020 and 2030 decades: Airbus

First in a series of reports. Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton and Vincent Valery June 17, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus was riding high in February. The A321XLR was a clear winner. An important order was won from… Read More

Narrowbody Aircraft Retirements

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 15, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, LNA analyzed the accelerating widebody fleet streamlining by airlines. We now turn our attention to the narrowbody market. Numerous airlines, including American and Lufthansa,… Read More

Pontifications: New GE Aviation CEO will face big challenges

June 1, 2020, © Leeham News: The new chief executive officer for GE Aviation (GEA) will face huge challenges when he or she succeeds David Joyce when he retires this year, say industry sources. Joyce was named CEO… 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

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

“We’re sick and tired of new technologies:” Avolon CEO

Subscription Required Introduction By Scott Hamilton March 16, 2020, © Leeham News: “I can tell you from our perspective, we’re kind of sick and tired of new, new technology. It’s not proven to be the home run.” This… Read More