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

Embraer sees need for 10,550 airplanes in 50-150 sectors

May 29, 2019, © Leeham News: Embraer, in what will be its last 20-year market forecast as an independent company, sees a demand for 10,550 jet and turboprop aircraft from 50 to 150 seats through 2038. The company,… Read More

Tariff threats, China certification issues slow A220 sales

Subscription Required May 23, 2019, © Leeham News, Toulouse: Airbus took over majority interest the Bombardier C Series July 1 last year. The company immediately announced 120 orders for the CS300, renamed the A220-300, at the Farnborough Air… Read More

The decline and fall of Bombardier

Subscription Required Introduction May 6, 2019, © Leeham News: Bombardier was once the leader in providing regional airliners to the industry. Today, it’s all but exited the industry. With the announcement that its Belfast manufacturing facility and a… Read More

Bombardier to sell Belfast wing factory, dumping key parts of profitable Aerostructures unit

May 2, 2019, © Leeham News: Bombardier today reported its first quarter earnings, which were lower than originally expected by analysts and previewed last week. But the big news are plans to sell its Belfast, Northern Ireland, wing… Read More

Delta Tech Ops 5-year goal to double revenues

#MROAM April 9, 2019, © Leeham News: Delta Air Lines has the third largest third-party MRO company in North America and aggressively seeks to grow, in sharp contrast to its competitors. While American and United airlines have limited… Read More

Cutting A220 costs is an ‘ongoing exercise’ for Airbus

Subscription required Introduction March 14, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus’ effort to slash supply costs for A220 production is “an ongoing exercise at this point,” Joe Marcheschi, Airbus’ head of procurement in North America, told LNA in an… Read More

With CSeries, Airbus commands 78% of 100-150 seat sector

Subscription Required Introduction Feb. 11, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus acquired 50.01% of the Bombardier CSeries program last year. Boeing and Embraer Commercial Aviation received Brazilian government approval last month and now await a nearly-year long regulatory approval… Read More

Pontifications: The Airbus North America Tour

Jan. 21, 2019, © Leeham News: Last week’s Airbus North America Tour (#AirbusNATour on Twitter) was a whirlwind 2 ½ days encompassing Montreal Mirabel, Columbus (MS) and Mobile (AL). To those who don’t follow Airbus Americas closely, the… Read More

PIPs planned for A220 to improve operating costs

Jan. 17, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus is planning performance improvement packages for the A220, intended to shave operating costs off an airplane that already beat performance promises. The PIPs, as the upgrades are known, are common among… Read More