A380 suffers new blow, future remains bleak

Subscription Required Air France is returning five of 10 A380s to lessors. Photo via Google images. Dec. 3, 2018, © Leeham News: Air France will return five leased Airbus A380s to lessors next year and in 2020, citing… Read More

Pontifications: Pilots train for instrumentation mismatches

Nov. 5, 2018, © Leeham News: It was a week ago that Lion Air JT 610 crashed into the sea, just 13 minutes after takeoff. The crash was the first involving the Boeing 737 MAX (in this case,… Read More

Pontifications: Amazon’s quiet plans to grow its airline

Oct. 8, 2018, © Leeham News: Amazon, the giant on-line retailer, continues to move quietly to expand its Amazon Air cargo carrier, with plans to grow the airline to a size that could rival FedEx, market sources tell… Read More

Pontifications: Shooting yourself in your feet

April 16, 2018, © Leeham News: Airbus’ new top sales chief, Eric Schulz, was candid about losing American and Hawaiian airlines wide-body orders, according to a report from Flightglobal from the Airbus annual meeting. In reference to Hawaiian’s switch… Read More

American A330neo loss casts shadow over sales prospects

Subscription Required Introduction April 9, 2018, © Leeham News: Even as Airbus touted the new 251t A330-800 and optimism that aging A330-200s will kick start a replacement cycle in 2020-21, the Airbus A330neo. Photo via Google images. concurrent… Read More

NMA focus needs to be on engines

Subscription Required Now open to all readers Introduction March 19, 2018, © Leeham Co.: As the market awaits a decision by Boeing whether to launch the New Midrange Aircraft (NMA, or 797), focus has been on the aircraft’s… Read More

IAG’s LEVEL shopping for future fleet

By Bjorn Fehrm February 28, 2018, ©. Leeham Co: IAG (parent of British Airways, IBERIA, Air Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL) presented the 2017 results Friday. The group’s airlines all had a good 2017 behind them. LEVEL, the long-haul LCC… Read More

Used A330-200s could be interim solution to NMA

Subscription Required Introduction Dec. 11, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Boeing is considering restarting the 767-300ER passenger line as an interim aircraft to the New Midmarket Airplane. Airbus is pushing the A330-800 or, alternative, new A330-200s are its solution… Read More

Airbus’ strategy for the A330-800

By Scott Hamilton Dec. 6, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The A330-800 entered the final assembly line last week at the Airbus production plant in Toulouse, France, amid doubts in the industry that the airplane will be produced beyond… Read More

Would a 767 stopgap make sense while waiting for NMA?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Now open to all readers. Introduction November 30, 2017, © Leeham Co.: We have covered Boeing’s deliberations whether to restart 767-300ER passenger version production here and here. To understand how good a stopgap the… Read More