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

Will rising fuel prices revitalize new aircraft sales? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction August 9, 2018, © Leeham News.: We continue last week’s article about how changing fuel prizes affects fleet plans. Last week we studied how long-term rising fuel prices will favour new, more… 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

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 18

February 23, 2018, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner we discussed transonic flow and drag. Now it’s time to finish the drag type discussion by adding some less dominant but still important drag types. Knowing their origin will… 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

Why is Airbus A330-800 not selling?

By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction November 02, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Airbus A330neo flew its first test mission two weeks ago. The test aircraft was the bigger A330-900, the neo version of the A330-300. For the present A330, the… Read More

Boeing’s a revisionist, Airbus isn’t, says product head

June 21, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Boeing, after years of struggling sales, finally dropped the iconic 747 passenger airplane from its 20-year forecast, revealed publicly yesterday at the Paris Air Show. Boeing in fact eliminated the entire Very… Read More

Airbus, Boeing agree on NMA–for now

Oct. 12, 2016, © Leeham Co.: It’s rare when Airbus and Boeing agree on product strategy, but officials of the two companies seemed in almost perfect alignment in separate interviews by LNC last week. Barry Eccleston, president of… Read More

Farnborough redefines the MOM sector

July 19, 2016, © Leeham Co.: If anything came out of the otherwise dull Farnborough Air Show, it was that the Middle of the Market airplane debate is as muddled as ever. Boeing didn’t launch, or even say… Read More