Airbus 2019: an operationally good year hit by compliance costs

February 13, 2020, © Leeham News in Toulouse: Airbus presented its results for 2019 today in Toulouse. Operationally, the company made a profit of €6.9bn but heavy fines (-€3.6bn) to settle a long-running bribery case and contingencies for… Read More

Could A220 fly Air Canada’s Montreal to Toulouse route? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction February 13, 2020, © Leeham News: We continue our analysis if the Airbus A220 is a credible long-range aircraft. We started looking at the limitations of the aircraft last week and how… Read More

Pontifications: Another Calhoun challenge: fixing Boeing’s product strategy

Jan. 20, 2020, © Leeham News: David Calhoun has been CEO of The Boeing Co. for a week. A couple of new problems arose. Late last week, the US Air Force weighed in that it’s unhappy, again, with… Read More

Pontification: A320 production challenges may extend to 2022/23

Update of Boeing 737 NG Pickle Fork cracking issues. Dec. 2, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus sees struggles for A320 production continuing throughout next year, into 2021 and spilling into 2022/23 as the Air Space cabin is introduced… Read More

Airbus touts Airspace, Internet of Things at APEX convention

Sept. 13, 2019, © Leeham News, Los Angeles: Airbus is expanding its Airspace interior look to the A321LR and A321XLR, providing a common theme with its widebody A330neo and A350 family members. The OEM is also launching the… Read More

Will the A220 drive the trans-Atlantic fragmentation to smaller jets? Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction August 15, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Airbus is increasing the Gross Weight of its A220 variants by 5,000lb from 2H2020. It is to increase the already long range of the aircraft according to Airbus…. Read More

Will the A220 drive the trans-Atlantic fragmentation to smaller jets?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction  August 8, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Airbus announced a hike of the Gross Weight of the A220 by 5,000lb at the Paris Air Show in June. It will be available for aircraft… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Kjos departure signals changes at Norwegian

July 12, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Norwegian Air Shuttles’ (Norwegian) founder and CEO for 17 years, Bjorn Kjos stepped down yesterday.  Over the last year the CFO, Board chairman and now the CEO have changed. This signals a… Read More

SAP and advanced manufacturing cut costs for current, new airplanes

Subscription Required July 1, 2019, © Leeham News: Improving supply chain management is one of the many, many key factors in making the business case for the prospective Boeing New Midmarket Airplane. The prospective Boeing NMA needs SAP… Read More

The range of Airbus A321XLR

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction June 27, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus launched the extended range A321XLR last week at the Paris Air Show. The range of the aircraft was presented as 4,700nm with an “around 200… Read More