Pontifications: Good A220 endorsement, but Airbus still has cleaning up to do

Aug. 5, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus last week won a big, validating commitment from Air France-KLM Group for 60 orders and more options for the A220-300. The contract won’t be firm until later this year, but the… Read More

Pontifications: Embraer counts on Boeing heft for E2 sales boost

July 22, 2019, © Leeham News: Embraer still appears to be in a bit of a holding pattern following the Paris Air Show in which it announced orders and commitments for only 76 EJets. Two additional orders announced… Read More

Mitsubishi, Bombardier reach agreement to acquire CRJ program

MHI to acquire CRJ program. MHI will acquire the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing, and sales activities. Deal worth $550m in cash, $200m in assumed liabilities, $180m in a securitization program. Transaction to close first half 2020 subject to… Read More

Pontifications: Heard around the Paris Air Show

June 24, 2019, © Leeham News: Heard around the Paris Air Show last week: Airbus Reporters long used to the entertaining and sometimes acerbic tongue former super-salesman John Leahy wondered how Christian Scherer would compare. Scherer’s own sharp… Read More

Paris Air Show, Day One: Mitsubishi makes case for “SpaceJet” market opportunity

By Judson Rollins June 17, 2019, © Leeham News, Paris: Senior executives from Mitsubishi Aircraft Company (MITAC) and parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) described the long journey to the revamped “SpaceJet” M90 and M100 aircraft. They also commented… Read More

Evolving the MRJ into the SpaceJet

June 13, 2019, © Leeham News: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. (MITAC)’s redesign of the MRJ70 and launch of the M100 SpaceJet in its place reflects a changing market environment when the MRJ program was launched more than a decade… Read More

Pontifications: Melancholy about Embraer’s 50th year

June 10, 2019, © Leeham News: Embraer is 50 years old Aug. 19. This must be the classic case of mixed feelings. By the end of the year, if regulators approve, the marquis business unit, Commercial Aviation, will… Read More

Mitsubishi in negotiations with Bombardier to acquire the CRJ program (Updated)

By Bjorn Fehrm June 5, 2019, © Leeham News.: The Air Current broke the news earlier today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is negotiating with Bombardier to buy the CRJ program. BBC has got comments from both companies confirming… Read More

2019 Paris Air Show Preview

By Vincent Valery Subscription Required June 3, 2019, © Leeham News: The 2019 Paris Air Show kicks off in two weeks at the Le Bourget Exhibition Center. In this preview, we will go over what to expect from… Read More

Mitsubish renaming, revamping MRJ, considers US production line: Nikkei Asia news

Updated, 3pm Brazil time, with Bombardier statement and additional response from Embraer. May 29, 2019, © Leeham News, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil: Mitsubishi is changing the name of its MRJ jet, revamping the smallest version and considering… Read More