Aviation Writers Bloc: Calhoun’s Countdown

April 15, 2021, © Leeham News: Boeing CEO David Calhoun turns 64 on April 18. This means he is in his final year on Boeing’s Board of Directors and as an employee, unless the Board extends his contract… Read More

Investors’ bull case on aircraft OEMs has gaps

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction  April 15, 2021, © Leeham News: Late last month, the aerospace and defense analysis team at Credit Suisse (CS) published its view on the future of the Airbus-Boeing duopoly, as well as… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 31. Wrap-up: Where we stand

April 2, 2021, ©. Leeham News: It’s time to wrap up our series on the hydrogen airliner alternative for Sustainable Commercial Aviation. We review the status for sustainable aviation as of today, then look at the future next… Read More

HOTR: Compensation wins Southwest order for MAX

By the Leeham News Team March 29, 2021, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines today announced an order for 100 Boeing 737-7 MAXes. The order was expected. The carrier also considered the Airbus A220-300. But any prospect of diverging… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 30. Integrated nacelles.

March 26, 2021, ©. Leeham News: This week, we look at combining the propulsion and hydrogen tank in an integrated nacelle as Airbus proposes in Figure 1. Airbus calls it its “pod” solution. What are the advantages, and… Read More

The A350, Part 11: Can a standard A350-1000 fly the project Sunrise route?

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction   March 25, 2021, © Leeham News: When Qantas announced the Airbus A350-1000 as the winner for project Sunrise over Boeing’s 777-8 December 2019, we did articles about the choice. We found that… Read More

HOTR: Putting the 2020 Delivery Slump into historical perspective

By the Leeham News Team March 16, 2021, © Leeham News: OEMs delivered 743 jet-powered passenger aircraft to airlines last year, compared with 1,684 at this cycle’s peak in 2018. The below chart shows the total for all… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 28. Airbus priorities

March 12, 2021, ©. Leeham News: I had the chance to talk about Sustainable Air Transport with Airbus VP Zero Emission Aircraft, Glenn Llewellyn, in the week. The discussion centered around Airbus’ overall direction and the targets with… Read More

The A350, Part 9: The A350-1000 versus 777-300ER

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction   March 11, 2021, © Leeham News: Last week, we started analyzing the Airbus A350-1000 and compared it with the Boeing 777-300ER. We now fly the airplanes on a demanding route, close to… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 27. Fuel cell APU gains

March 5, 2021, ©. Leeham News: We have discussed different auxiliary power generation principles for a hydrogen aircraft over the last weeks. We found a fuel cell auxiliary power system has many attractions, one being the possibility of… Read More