New pictures of the changed Sharklets for A350

By Bjorn Fehrm November 01, 2017, © Leeham Co: We exclusively revealed last week that Airbus is working on new winglets for the A350 series. The new Sharklets were caught during flight-testing on Airbus A350 test aircraft, MSN001…. Read More

Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

By Bjorn Fehrm October 25, 2017, © Leeham Co: Airbus is working on further extending the range of the A350-900 and -1000. The company is quietly testing an extended Sharklet, which will extend the aircraft’s wingspan. An A350-900… Read More

VLA sector dead, Boeing claims, but Large Wide Body also struggles

Subscription Required Introduction Sept. 26, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Boeing declared the Very Large Aircraft sector dead in its most recent Current Market Outlook, removing the category entirely when the 2017 CMO was revealed at the Paris Air… Read More

Assessing the 25 YOA aircraft factor

Subscription Required Introduction Click on image to enlarge. Sept. 21, 2017 © Leeham Co.: Airbus and Boeing look ahead to 2021 and the next several years when wide-body aircraft begin turning 25 years old to spur orders for… Read More

Assessing the United A350-900 order

Subscription Required Introduction United Airlines last week returned to the Airbus A350-900 it originally ordered. It will replace Boeing 777-200ERs beginning in 2022. Image via Google. Sept. 11, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The deal last week between United… Read More

A380Plus: First analysis

By Bjorn Fehrm  July 05, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus launched the A380Plus development study at the Paris Air Show. The study packages several improvements to the A380, aimed at increasing the capacity and lowering the cost per passenger…. Read More

Airbus augments A350-1000 capability

June 27, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Airbus has quietly announced it will augment the payload and range capability of the Airbus A350-1000 when certified. The latest Aircraft Characteristics for Airport and Maintenance Planning guide (ACAP) for A350 increases the… Read More

Boeing’s a revisionist, Airbus isn’t, says product head

June 21, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Boeing, after years of struggling sales, finally dropped the iconic 747 passenger airplane from its 20-year forecast, revealed publicly yesterday at the Paris Air Show. Boeing in fact eliminated the entire Very… Read More

Pivotal year for A380

Subscription Required Introduction June 12, 2017, © Leeham Co.: This is a pivotal year for the Airbus A380. Sales have dried up. Singapore Airlines is retiring five early versions of the airplane and there is no new home… Read More

Qatar Airways: Becoming a global powerhouse

By Bjorn Fehrm May 30, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar, a country of 0.3m Qatari citizens and 2.3m expatriates. Its total population of 2.6m makes it one of the world’s smallest countries…. Read More