Big hurdles for COMAC to become serious challenger to Airbus, Boeing

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton May 27, 2024, © Leeham News: A flurry of orders by China’s Big Three airlines finally began to balance announced deals for the COMAC C-919 mainline jet. Until the recent orders from Air… Read More

Boeing, GE optimistic for return to normalcy with China

By Scott Hamilton June 20, 2023, © Leeham News: Relations between the US and China remained strained, beginning with the Trump Administration’s trade war initiated in 2017—which continues under the Biden Administration. The strain has been exacerbated by… Read More

Boeing’s Calhoun: Be patient for a new airplane

By Scott Hamilton June 1, 2023, © Leeham News: Boeing CEO David Calhoun remains upbeat about the company’s future despite occasional setbacks and a struggling defense unit. But in a media briefing on May 30 in advance of… Read More

Open Skies in Africa: a jump start to post-covid recovery?

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins May 1, 2023, © Leeham News: Could Africa’s first real “open skies” implementation boost its aviation recovery? So far, the continent’s rebound from covid has been anemic as food and energy crises, surging… Read More

A Chinese intervention in Ukraine would kill its aerospace industry

Subcription Required By Bryan Corliss Commentary March 23, 2023, © Leeham News – Chinese leader Xi Jinping flew into Moscow this week for a three-day summit with accused Russian war criminal Vladimir Putin.  They wined and dined. They… Read More

HOTR: China’s desire for aerospace self-sufficiency threatens Airbus, Boeing

By the Leeham News Team China’s goal for C919 China’s state-run aviation industry is working toward self-sufficiency because of sanctions. But it is these same sanctions that will make it difficult to achieve. Beijing wants to shift to… Read More

A deep dive into the single-aisle market

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Jan. 23, 2023, © Leeham News: Boeing’s share of outstanding single-aisle orders has fallen significantly behind Airbus. If we include the order book for single-aisle aircraft seating 100 or more passengers of… Read More

Outlook 2023 for China’s COMAC and Russia’s UAC

Subscription required By Bjorn Fehrm Jan. 12, 2023, © Leeham News: China’s civil airliner OEM, COMAC, made significant progress during 2022. It achieved Chinese certification for its C919 158-seat domestic airliner in September last year, with the first… Read More

Pontifications: From the aviation perspective, there’s something in China to watch

March 21, 2022, © Leeham News: Eyes are focused on Ukraine and the Russian War. In our corner of the world, commercial aviation, the stakeholders follow the fallout from the war: sanctions placed on Russia which affect overflights,… Read More

2022 Forecast: C919 EIS unlikely before 2023-24

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction Jan. 17, 2022, © Leeham News: COMAC, the Chinese aerospace company developing the C919, suffered yet another setback last year. It hoped to deliver the first aircraft, designed to compete with the… Read More