HOTR: Airbus, Boeing R&D spending continues decline

By the Leeham News Team Nov. 5, 2020, © Leeham News: Research and Development spending by the Airbus and Boeing commercial units declined year-over-year. The movement is in keeping with cost-cutting by the Big Two OEMs. For Airbus,… Read More

HOTR: Second hand 787-8 market to be tested

By the Leeham News Staff July 10, 2020, (c) 2020, Leeham News: A few months ago, Qantas announced that it intended to sell three Jetstar-operated Boeing 787-8s that would become surplus once the airline received its first A321-LRs…. Read More

Better to bring capacity back with a 787-10 or 777-300ER

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   May 14, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we compared the economics of the Boeing 777-300ER and 777-9 on the world’s busiest intercontinental route. The older aircraft proved a viable alternative, thanks… Read More

Airbus 2019: an operationally good year hit by compliance costs

February 13, 2020, © Leeham News in Toulouse: Airbus presented its results for 2019 today in Toulouse. Operationally, the company made a profit of €6.9bn but heavy fines (-€3.6bn) to settle a long-running bribery case and contingencies for… Read More

Why did Qantas choose Airbus’ A350-1000 for project Sunrise?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction December 19, 2019, © Leeham News: Qantas Airways declared the Airbus A350-1000 the winner for its project Sunrise last week. After two years of competition with Boeing’s 777-8, it was the preferred… Read More

United orders 50 A321XLRs

Dec. 3, 2019, © Leeham News: United Airlines today announced an order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs. The airplane has an advertised range of 4,700nm (5,400 statute miles), or a nine hour flight. UAL will replace its aging Boeing… Read More

Boeing’s 777X problem: Shifting market, lagging economics, softening order book

By Judson Rollins Subscription Required Introduction Oct. 28, 2019, © Leeham News: The Boeing 777X’s lackluster sales to date put it in a similar light as the soon-to-end A380 program. Is the era of the 400+ seat aircraft… Read More

Boeing’s 777X analyzed, Part 4

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction March 07, 2019, © Leeham News: In our analysis series about the Boeing 777X, it’s time to look at the performance of the 777-9 and 777-8 and compared them to their main… Read More

A380 end opens opportunity for A350-2000

Subscription Required Introduction Feb. 18, 2019 © Leeham News: Airbus’ decision to end the A380 program clears the path, if chosen, for a plane that was studied three or four years ago: the stretch of the A350-1000 to… Read More

Boeing’s 777X analyzed, Part 3

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction February 07, 2019, © Leeham News: In our analysis series about the 777X, we have now come to the smaller member of the 777X, the 777-8. It’s what’s called a “cut and… Read More