Sunset of the Quads, Part 3

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Aug. 20, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we compared the economics of the 747-400 and the A380 on the Los Angeles to Sydney route. We now turn our attention to Airbus’… Read More

Sunset of the Quads, Part 1

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   July 30, 2020, © Leeham News: British Airways announced two weeks ago that it would immediately retire its entire Boeing 747 fleet. Several other operators announced accelerated retirements of their Queen of… Read More

Restoring capacity with the A330ceo or A330neo, Part 5

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 18, 2020, © Leeham News: In the previous articles, we outlined Economic factors that determine whether the older A330ceo or newer A330neo is a better choice for airlines. We summarize those… Read More

Restoring capacity with the A330ceo or A330neo, Part 3

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   July 2nd, 2020, © Leeham News: In the previous section, we saw that low lease rates on Airbus A330-200s could hurt demand for the newer and more fuel-efficient A330-800. Sell-lease back transactions… Read More

Restoring capacity with the A330ceo or A330neo, Part 1

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 18, 2020, © Leeham News: The Airbus A330-200 has been a commercial success, with  642 deliveries since 1998. The Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A330-300 are the only twin-aisle variants with more… Read More

An accelerating widebody fleet streamlining, Part 2

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 8, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we saw that earlier generations of widebody aircraft had significant range restrictions. Airlines with sizable long haul operations had to operate multiple aircraft types… Read More

An accelerating widebody fleet streamlining, Part 1

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 1, 2020, © Leeham News: As airlines slashed capacity in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, some took the opportunity to accelerate aircraft retirements. Older generation twin-aisle aircraft, notably the Airbus… 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

Opportunity and challenges of a 787-10ER

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction Aug. 22, 2019, © Leeham News:  By 2024 the 777-300ER will have been in service for 20 years and the 777-200ER 27 years. United Airlines 787-10. Credit: United Airlines. LNA was the first… 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