Airbus’ profitability challenges

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Feb. 10, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus Commercial Aircraft ended 2019 with a surprisingly strong 1,131 new aircraft orders (768 net orders) and a backlog of 7,482 aircraft. There were 863 aircraft… Read More

Assessing airlines’ widebody replacement needs

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Feb. 3, 2020, © Leeham News: As part of the 777X maiden flight, Boeing briefed the media on its demand forecast for the large widebody market. The OEM sees a demand to… Read More

Are AirAsia and AirAsia X outgrowing their key markets?

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction Dec. 16, 2019, © Leeham News: AirAsia and long-haul sister AirAsia X have been growing at world-leading rates for much of the past two decades. AirAsia’s fleet growth in the 2000s was… Read More

Understanding Rolls-Royce’s financials

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Dec. 2, 2019, © Leeham News: Rolls-Royce continues to be in the spotlight for the Trent 1000 durability issues, with no end in sight. The engine manufacturer recently increased the total disruption… Read More

Is re-engining the Boeing 767 a good idea?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction October 17, 2019, © Leeham News: FlightGlobal writes Boeing is investigating re-engining the 767-400ER with GE GEnx engines to produce a new freighter and perhaps a passenger aircraft as a replacement for… Read More

The time for a 767RE passenger model has come and gone

Subscription Required Introduction Oct. 14, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing is reconsidering a previous idea to re-engine the 767 with GEnx powerplants, Flight Global reported last week. The idea was run up the flagpole, so-to-speak, in 2017. Boeing… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 3

August 9, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”), we this week turn to the actual Flight control system after covering the… Read More

Pontifications: 50×2

June 3, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus and Embraer are 50 years old this year. Airbus broke out the party hats last Wednesday. It arranged a formation flying of all its in-production aircraft, including the Beluga XL. It… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Airliner yaw stability

Feb. 22, 2019, ©. Leeham News: After discussing an airliner’s pitch stability we now turn to the yaw stability. A stable aircraft in yaw means we don’t want the aircraft to wag its tail sideways while flying. The… Read More

Pontifications: 787-10 engines too small for Emirates

Feb. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: There is more to Emirates Airline’s renewed its interest in the Airbus A350 and the potential swap-out of Airbus A380 orders than meets the eye. The Airfinance Journal Dublin conference is worth… Read More