Pontifications: Horizon Q400 theft spurs thoughts about solo pilot idea

Aug. 13, 2018, © Leeham News: The bizarre theft of a Horizon Airlines Bombardier Q400 at Sea-Tac Airport Friday night by a 29-year old employee will take some time for investigators to unravel. The employee, a ramp agent,… Read More

Pontifications: Supply chain meltdown

Aug. 6, 2018 © Leeham News: It happened to Airbus. It sort of happened to Boeing. It was bound to happen in a much bigger way to Boeing, and it has. Some 40 737s are now sitting around… Read More

Rising fuel prices hit earnings, but there’s a silver lining for OEMs

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Pontifications: thyssenkrupp’s international expansion

July 30, 2018, © Leeham News: thyssenkrupp, the German supplier, is a mouthful to say. Even its name is different, using the small “t” rather than a capital “T”. Being from Chicago, I suitably butchered it when I… Read More

Airbus posts strong earnings; ‘hell of a ride’ ahead, says CEO

By Dan Catchpole July 26, 2018, © Leeham News: Airbus posted strong earnings for the year’s second quarter, thanks to better profitability on its A350 and A320 programs. Investors rewarded the news by pushing Airbus share prices to… Read More

More than 1,000 orders, commitments from Farnborough

July 23, 2018: More than 1,000 new orders and commitments were announced at the Farnborough Air Show last week, a final tally shows. The value was more than $128bn. Credit Suisse issued its post-air show note today with… Read More

Farnborough: E190-E2 “quietest single aisle airplane in production,” boasts CEO

July 15, 2018, © Leeham News, Farnborough: Embraer today revealed that the E190-E2 achieved better fuel burn than its target of 16%. Flight tests showed fuel burn was 17.3% better than the E1, said Rodrigo de Souza, VP… Read More

Pontifications: Final Farnborough forecast

Special Sunday edition of Pontifications. July 15, 2018, © Leeham News: The Farnborough Air Show officially starts tomorrow, when airframers begin their public relations presentations and orders are announced. As this is written on July 13, I’m doing… Read More

Airbus’ jetBlue A220 deal, first analysis

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What are the prospects for the Airbus A220?

By Bjorn Fehrm July 11, 2018, © Leeham News.: With the CSeries repainted and rebranded in Airbus colors, will this change its fortunes? The aircraft has been on the market for 10 years and has not been a… Read More