Mitsubishi SpaceJet retreat is the best news for Embraer in months

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Analysis May 25, 2020, © Leeham News: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) surprising retreat from its SpaceJet regional airliner program is the best news in months for beleaguered Embraer. This takes pressure off the… Read More

Pontifications: Aircraft values, lease rates plummet

May 25, 2020, © Leeham News: Aircraft lease rates continue to plummet as the virus crisis infects the airline industry. In an update of its periodic look at rates, the UK advisory firm ISHKA last week looked at… Read More

Lessor exposure to Airbus, Boeing wide-bodies

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton May 18, 2020, © Leeham News: As airlines park or retire thousands of aircraft, lessors with wide-body airplanes are most at risk. Single-aisle airplanes are easier to re-lease and more in demand when… Read More

Better to bring capacity back with a 787-10 or 777-300ER

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   May 14, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we compared the economics of the Boeing 777-300ER and 777-9 on the world’s busiest intercontinental route. The older aircraft proved a viable alternative, thanks… Read More

Analysis: Mitsubishi suspends development of M100, continues M90 due to COVID

By Scott Hamilton Analysis May 12, 2020, © Leeham News: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) yesterday said it cut development money for the M100 SpaceJet. M100 R&D is suspended indefinitely while it continues for the M90 on half rations…. Read More

Pontifications: Boeing focuses on design, production vs airplane development–for now

By Scott Hamilton May 11, 2020, © Leeham News: Boeing killed development of its alphabet soup of airplane concepts for now. “For now” is a relative term. When Boeing will be ready to show concepts to customers as… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Can I get COVID-19 in airline cabins? Part 1.

May 8, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In our Corner series, we now dig into this important subject: Is my probability of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus higher in an airliner cabin than in other places? We look… Read More

Better to bring capacity back with a 777X or 777-300ER? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction May 7, 2020, © Leeham News: With the Covid-19 pandemic depressing passenger traffic for years to come, we started an analysis last week on the options the airlines have who wait for… Read More

HOTR: Mitsubishi, Bombardier set June 1 to close CRJ deal

By the Leeham News staff May 6, 2020, © Leeham News: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced May 7 (Tokyo time) that it will close the acquisition of the Bombardier CRJ program June 1. Production of the CRJ was to… Read More

Updated with earnings call: Spirit Aerosystems reports 1Q loss, expect worse 2Q

By Scott Hamilton May 6, 2020, © Leeham News: Spirit Aerosystems, a major supplier to Boeing and Airbus, reported a net loss of $163m for the first quarter. The loss was a negative margin of 15.5% on revenues… Read More