2011 Outlook for Aerospace

Note: this is unusually long, 11 pages when printed. The new year is here and it is time for our annual look-ahead for the big OEMs. On a macro level, 2011 should be a good year. Airline passenger… Read More

737NG vs A320neo: an interesting chess game

Update, Dec. 13: FlightGlobal has this interview with Ryanair and its critique of the NEO. Original Post: The (London) Financial Times has this interview with Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh in which he says there is no… Read More

Lessors, banks in blistering critique of Airbus NEO

Our colleagues at Commercial Aviation Online put together the story below on lessor and banker reaction to the Airbus A320neo announcement December 1. We knew–and previously referenced here–reluctance on the part of these groups to the NEO concept,… Read More

Airbus NEO won’t kill CSeries: New study

Airbus’ A320 NEO won’t kill the Bombardier CSeries, a new study concludes, issued today by AirInsight. The study, “The Business Case for the Bombardier CSeries,” which we co-authored, is discussed on the AirInsight blog. The study began as… Read More

Expectations for the Zhuhai Air Show: C919 yes, CSeries No

The Zhuhai Air Show in China is Nov. 16-21 and there are a number of expectations for it. First is the expectation in the West that Bombardier will announce the long-awaited Chinese order for the CSeries from China… Read More

Boeing skeptical of CSeries, C919, MS-21 EIS

We wrote the following article for Commercial Aviation Online, which appeared yesterday. In case anyone wonders, there is no relation between John Hamilton and us. ********* The chief engineer of the 737 program is skeptical of the emerging… Read More

Boeing’s 737 ramp up shows confidence in economy, ‘skyline’ and the unions

The announcement last week that Boeing once again is planning to ramp up production of its venerable 737 line show confidence on a number of levels: The global economy continues to recover; The strength of the backlog, aka… Read More

737 production rate hike, PW’s GTF, Airbus’ A320 NEO

We talk about the prospect of a production rate hike at AirInsight this morning. Here’s a story from Flight Global taking a detailed, focused look at the Pratt & Whitney P1000G Geared Turbo Fan, which will power the… Read More

PW’s GTF, Boeing’s culture, China’s C919 and ARJ21, CSeries

Jon Ostrower of FlightGlobal has this piece about the “bolt-on” of Pratt & Whitney’s P1524G PurePower Geared Turbo Fan. The PurePower, also known as the Geared Turbo Fan, is the engine designed for Bombardier’s CSeries, with larger versions… Read More

Boeing considers 40/mo for 737 rate; Airbus ups A320 to 40

Update, July 30: Airbus announced today it will increase the production rate on its A320 family to 40 per month. Original Post: Boeing is considering going to a production rate of 40 737s per month, with a decision… Read More