Analyzing the Airbus plan to offer A350, A330 “Regional” aircraft

Note: The Blog by Javier takes an analytical look at the 20 year forecasts for the twin-engine, twin-aisle aircraft here. Airbus will offer “Regional” versions of the A330-200/300 and the A350-900 that will reduced the Maximum Take Off… Read More

Assessing the A350 program

News from EADS that it is beginning to consider another Airbus A350 assembly line, or ramping up production more quickly than currently planned, to accommodate increasing demand for the -1000 validates a desire expressed months ago by John… Read More

Sizing up the 777X vs Airbus–and Boeing

It was no surprise that Boeing’s Board of Directors authorized the sales force to begin showing the 777X to customers for sale, as opposed to the concepts. As we’ve reported (and as did others), this move was expected… Read More

Bombardier rolls out CSeries FTV 1 and more

Bombardier last week rolled out (sort of) CSeries CS100 Flight Test Vehicle #1 and revealed FTVs 2, 3, 4 and the start of FTV5. Officials are sticking with their timeline that the first flight will be by the… Read More

US Airways’ 757 problem

Notation: Lan Chile has canceled Boeing 787 flights through June. US Airways has a large fleet of aging Boeing 757s it needs to replace. The problem is, a carrier official says, neither the Airbus A321neo nor the Boeing… Read More

A350-800 future: Airbus says it stays firm; here’s what customers tell us

Flight Global has this story in which Airbus says it remains committed to the A350-800, a sub-type that is the smallest of the A350 family and which has been the subject of much speculation that Airbus will choose… Read More

787-10 decision anticipated very soon, perhaps within days

Boeing’s Board is expected to be asked very soon, perhaps at its meeting in October, to grant Authority to Offer the 787-10 to customers, according to two sources. A Boeing spokeswoman said that ATO for the 787-10 is… Read More

Odds and Ends: ARJ-21, C919, MAX, 777X

There are several stories of note today: Aviation Week: China’s turboprops exports lead the way. Aviation Week: Plan for C919 hits snags. FlightGlobal: Caution welcomed on Boeing’s 737 MAX. FlightGlobal: Emirates presses Boeing for better 777. Seattle Times:… Read More

Assessing the 777 upgrade

The “godfather of leasing,” Steven Udvar-Hazy, the CEO of Air Lease Corp., weighed in on the 737RE and the prospective improvements to the 777 during ALC’s earning’s call. And when Hazy speaks, the industry listens. Hazy, who favored… Read More