Does the new weight bump turn the A330-900 to a trans-Pacific aircraft? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction March 12, 2020, © Leeham News: We continue last week’s theme and compare Airbus’ new 251t variant of the A330-900 to the A350-900 in this article. We saw in the first article… Read More

Does the new weight bump turn the A330-900 to a trans-Pacific aircraft?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction March 5, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus gave an update on their new 251t variant of the A330-900 this week. With a 251t Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW), the former mid-ranger is… Read More

Airbus to deliver 251 tonnes version of A330-900 by mid-year

By Bjorn Fehrm March 3, 2020, ©. Leeham News: Airbus has started the additional flight testing needed to certify the 251t version of the A330-900. It needs to verify the handling of the aircraft at the higher weight… Read More

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