Airbus holds the line on A350 production rate

Subscription Required Introduction Sept. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus’ decision a few months ago to keep the A350 production rate at 10/mo appears to be a wise one, considering that there is a small production gap in… Read More

Airbus faces challenges for A330neo

Subscription Required Aug. 26, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus faces near-term challenges with its production skyline for the A330, even at a reduce rate of 4/mo, an analysis shows. Looking forward from next year, when there are slightly… 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: Trump-China trade war hits Boeing

Aug. 19, 2019 © Leeham News: There have been no widebody orders placed by China with Boeing since President Trump launched a trade war in March 2018, hurting American’s biggest exporter and affecting the US balance of trade…. Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 3

August 9, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”), we this week turn to the actual Flight control system after covering the… Read More

Trans-Atlantic market fragmentation hurts big widebodies

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery July 22, 2019, © Leeham News: Development of single-aisle aircraft that now have ranges of plus-or-minus 4,000 nautical miles are fragmenting hub markets needed to fill large twin-aisle aircraft. Just as twin-engine widebodies… Read More

Pontifications: Busting the XWB brand; and more about the Boeing-IAG deal

Dissecting the British Airways-Boeing MAX deal, part 2 July 1, 2019, © Leeham News: During the Airbus Innovation Days, and in other forums, officials promoted the idea of a 10-abreast coach-class in the A350 XWB. Compared with the… 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

Tariff threats, China certification issues slow A220 sales

Subscription Required May 23, 2019, © Leeham News, Toulouse: Airbus took over majority interest the Bombardier C Series July 1 last year. The company immediately announced 120 orders for the CS300, renamed the A220-300, at the Farnborough Air… Read More

A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

#AirbusID May 22, 2019, © Leeham News, Toulouse: The A380 is a success for Airbus despite being forced by the lack of market demand to decide to close the program in 2021, well short of break-even sales. Guillaume… Read More