Huge surge of A320 orders greatly exceed near-, mid-term A320 retirements

Subscription Required Introduction Oct. 4, 2018, © Leeham News: The huge surge of orders for the Airbus A320 family far outstrips the aging aircraft statistics, an analysis shows. Airbus has a backlog of more than 6,000 A320 family… Read More

AirAsia India looks to break-even, international flights

April 24, 2018, © Leeham News: AirAsia India is a newcomer to the Indian commercial aviation scene. It began service in 2014 and, at Dec. 31, served just 17 cities with 14 Airbus A320s. It had a 4.5%… Read More

Asian airline shift portends big ramifications

Subscription Required Introduction April 17, 2017, © Leeham Co.: A shift is underway among Asian airlines that could have ramifications for the airframe and engine manufacturers and, by extension, their suppliers. It doesn’t appear, however, that aerospace analysts… Read More

AirAsia X; the long route to profitability

By Bjorn Fehrm March 1, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: AirAsia X, the long haul sister of Tony Fernandes’ AirAsia, finally turned a profit during 2016. The airline, which started operation in 2007, had a bumpy ride from the start…. Read More

Airbus, Boeing deferrals may indicate slowing global economy

Subscription Required Introduction Boeing 737 flightline at Boeing Field: 737s awaiting delivery. Seattle Times photo via Google images. Nov. 17, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The deferral by United Airlines of 65 Boeing 737-700s announced Tuesday caused some observers… Read More

AirAsia: More and more congestion for Asian airports

By Bjorn Fehrm July 13, 2016, ©. Leeham Co, Farnborough Air Show: AirAsia Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said yesterday that increased congestion the group has seen for several of the airports AirAsia operates to in the Asian market motivated an… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Sale/Leasebacks

21 August 2015, ©. Leeham Co: IndiGo Airlines firmed up Airbus’ largest aircraft sale by unit numbers in the week. The order is for 250 A320neos. This means the airline goes from 180 A320neos on order to 430…. Read More

Odds and Ends: KC-390 first flight; A400M; AirAsia 8501; Bombardier credibility

KC-390 first flight: Embraer’s largest airplane ever built, the KC-390 tanker/transport, made its first flight today. We profiled the airplane last October following our visit to Brazil. The airplane fulfills needs for Brazil’s vast geography to supply its… Read More

Odds and Ends: AirAsia 8501; SkyMark Airlines bankruptcy; One year for MH370; Billy Bishop Airport; PNAA conference

Jan. 29, 2015: AirAsia 8501: The first report by the Indonesian government has been issued, per international rules, but the public portion is pretty uninformative if press reports are to be believed. At the same time, leaks indicate… Read More

Odds and Ends: AirAsia; Philippine Air, Russia defers

AirAsia: Group CEO Tony Fernandes made appearances on international news programs, providing his first interviews away from the direct events surrounding Flight 8501’s crash. Here is a transcript of his interview on Bloomberg News. The interviews come as… Read More