Can a passenger airliner run as a freighter with today’s tariffs? Part 4.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction April 23, 2020, © Leeham News: We spent the last weeks checking if passenger airliners used as belly freighters make economic sense. With the present air freight prices, it does. The high… Read More

Shall passenger airliners run as freighters during the COVID-19 crisis?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction April 6, 2020, © Leeham News: With the COVID-19 pandemic, the passenger traffic has ground to a halt in many countries. The airliners are parked and their crews sit idle. At the… Read More

Does the new weight bump turn the A330-900 to a trans-Pacific aircraft? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction March 12, 2020, © Leeham News: We continue last week’s theme and compare Airbus’ new 251t variant of the A330-900 to the A350-900 in this article. We saw in the first article… Read More

Does the new weight bump turn the A330-900 to a trans-Pacific aircraft?

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction March 5, 2020, © Leeham News: Airbus gave an update on their new 251t variant of the A330-900 this week. With a 251t Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW), the former mid-ranger is… Read More

Airbus to deliver 251 tonnes version of A330-900 by mid-year

By Bjorn Fehrm March 3, 2020, ©. Leeham News: Airbus has started the additional flight testing needed to certify the 251t version of the A330-900. It needs to verify the handling of the aircraft at the higher weight… 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

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

Opportunity and challenges of a 787-10ER, Part 3.

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction September 5, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Last week, we examined how a longer-range model of Boeing’s 787-10 would look like. We designed a 787-10ER version (ER for Extended Range) by increasing the… 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

2018 deliveries: Airbus leads Single Aisle, Boeing Widebody and Freighters

By Bjorn Fehrm Jan. 10, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing and Airbus came within six aircraft in their 2018 deliveries, 806 versus 800. For orders, Boeing was the leader, with 893 net orders versus Airbus 747. Looking at Orders… Read More