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

A tectonic shift towards large narrowbody

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction A321XLR. Source: Airbus. Dec. 9, 2019, © Leeham News: There are now more firm orders for the Airbus A321neo than all the latest generation widebody programs combined: Airbus A330neo and A350, Boeing… Read More

Pontifications: Stop hitting the snooze button, Boeing

Dec. 9, 2019, © Leeham News: I know Boeing is preoccupied right now. But it has to get off the pot and decide to proceed with a new airplane. We believe the New Midmarket Airplane is still required…. Read More

United orders 50 A321XLRs

Dec. 3, 2019, © Leeham News: United Airlines today announced an order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs. The airplane has an advertised range of 4,700nm (5,400 statute miles), or a nine hour flight. UAL will replace its aging Boeing… 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

Airbus holds the line on A350 production rate

Subscription Required Introduction Sept. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus’ decision a few months ago to keep the A350 production rate at 10/mo appears to be a wise one, considering that there is a small production gap in… Read More

How much of an NMA market will the Airbus A321XLR capture? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction July 25, 2019, © Leeham News: We continue our discussion from last week of what part of an NMA market the Airbus A321XLR would capture. We started the study by comparing the… Read More

Trans-Atlantic market fragmentation hurts big widebodies

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery July 22, 2019, © Leeham News: Development of single-aisle aircraft that now have ranges of plus-or-minus 4,000 nautical miles are fragmenting hub markets needed to fill large twin-aisle aircraft. Just as twin-engine widebodies… Read More

How much of an NMA market will the Airbus A321XLR capture?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction July 18, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus’ new A321XLR is labeled as an Boeing NMA killer. It shall, with its capability to fly the same routes as the NMA, nibble away on… Read More

Pontifications: Boeing can’t catch a break

July 15, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing can’t catch a break. Some may argue it doesn’t deserve one, given what’s come out about the 737 MAX development. And the sloppy production of the 787 at the Charleston (SC)… Read More