The production cost trap for upstarts

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm April 6, 2023, © Leeham News: The last five years have been among the busiest in aeronautical history, with announcements of new aircraft and VTOLs based on greener propulsion technologies. The public focus… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Sustainable Air Transport. Part 50. eVTOL production volumes.

December 16, 2022, ©. Leeham News: Last week, we looked at the production costs of our typical eVTOL. We could see that it was far higher than Joby’s assumption of $1.3m for the S4, about three times higher… Read More

A short history of production system development

Subscription Required By the Leeham News Team Dec. 6, 2021, © Leeham News: Long ago, aircraft were simple, made of steel tubing, wood, and fabric. Engineering staffs were small, and the craftsmen building them had little need for… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of airliner development. Part 32. Aircraft delivery and EIS

December 3, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week, we went through typical problems by the start of serial production, such as weight creep and traveled work. Now we discuss the ins and outs of delivering the aircraft to… Read More

Customers to watch on production trends

Here is a piece we did for Commercial Aviation Online: The debate continues whether production rates on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families should be reduced. Both manufacturers are in a tug-of-war with their supply chain over… Read More

Production assessment, Round 3

Some interesting items came out of the Boeings 1Q09 earnings call yesterday (April 22) with regard to production and deferrals. Oversales of the 737 have been a key element in Boeing being able to maintain current production levels… Read More