Joon enables Air France-KLM to expand its low cost offering

By Bjorn Fehrm December 13, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Air France-KLM, or really Air France, has after a long dialogue with its trade unions set up Joon, a new LCC operation in the group. The new airline flew its… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction

October 06, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In the last several Corners, we wrote about research around laminar flow for aircraft. It’s research to lower the aircraft’s drag. Why is this important? How large are the different drag types and… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Laminar flow aircraft

September 29, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus flew its “Blade” laminar flow research aircraft for the first time this week. It’s a project in the European Clean Sky research program. The “Blade” aircraft is a modified Airbus A340-300, where… Read More

Russian-Chinese wide-body; The aircraft Part 3

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction September 08, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Having covered the possibilities of reusing parts of the Il-96 fuselage for a new Russian-Chinese wide-body, it’s now time to look at the existing IL-96 wing… Read More

Russian-Chinese wide-body: background and outlook

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction August 21, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: The discussions around a joint Russian and Chinese development of a 250-300 seat wide-body has been going on for years. The project got a more concrete form… Read More

Finnair exanding Far East faster than planned

By Bjorn Fehrm May 26, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Finnair could tell the participants on its Capital Markets Day yesterday that its Asia expansion plans are going better than planned. Being the Finnish national flag carrier, Finnair has had… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Twins or quads?

11 December 2015, ©. Leeham Co: The debate over two or four engines for long range aircraft is as old as the jet airliner. A number of myths have been pedaled over the years over the virtues of… Read More

Used B777-200ER or A340-300, Part 3

Subscription required Introduction By Bjorn Fehrm Dec. 9 2015, ©. Leeham Co: We have now covered the Cash and Direct Operating Costs (COC, DOC) for our acquired and refurbished Airbus A340-300E and Boeing 777-200ER. We will now finish the… Read More

Used B777-200ER or A340-300, Part 2

Subscription required Introduction By Bjorn Fehrm Dec. 3 2015, ©. Leeham Co: Last week we started our article series around acquiring used twin-aisle aircraft to start new long haul services or boost an existing network. We focused on Airbus’… Read More

Used B777-200ER or A340-300?

Subscription required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction Nov. 26 2015, ©. Leeham Co: In recent articles we have latched on to the debate around the prices for used Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Contrary to the market appraising companies’ ideas about second… Read More