A lost decade for aircraft manufacturers, suppliers

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins, Bjorn Fehrm & Scott Hamilton Sept. 21, 2020, © Leeham News: Commercial aviation is facing a lost decade due to COVID. Yes, most forecasts target 2024-2025 as returning to 2019 passenger traffic and… Read More

Looking ahead for 2020 and 2030 decades: COMAC

Subscription Required Third in a series. By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction July 1, 2020, © Leeham News: COMAC stands for Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. It was spun off from the equally state-owned military and civil aeronautical giant… Read More

2020 Outlook for Airbus, Boeing, et al

Subscription required Introduction By the  Leeham News team. Jan. 2, 2020, © Leeham News: This will be a pivotal year for Boeing. It will be a year of challenges for Airbus. Embraer Commercial Aviation should disappear. Mitsubishi Heavy… Read More

2019 Outlook: COMAC’s slow but steady progress

Subscription Required Introduction Jan. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: This is not the year where China’s COMAC will have break-out progress for the C919, its challenge to the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. Flight testing is slow and… Read More

Single-aisle production on track for 1,800/yr

Subscription Required Introduction May 7, 2018, © Leeham News: Single aisle airliner production rates are on a track to hit 1,800 per year by 2022, a new analysis by LNC concludes. This is for aircraft of 100 seats… Read More

Spies and industrial spying

By Scott Hamilton March 27, 2018, © Leeham News, Bainbridge Island (WA): The unexpected US order to close the Russian Consulate in Seattle this week set off a media frenzy in this city because two reasons cited were… Read More

Chinese and Russian Widebody takes shape. Part 3.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction January 25, 2018, © Leeham Co.: In the second article about the new Chinese/Russian widebody, CR929, we looked at the size of the aircraft and its passenger capacity. The CR929 can be… Read More

United Aircraft’s and COMAC’s eventful year

By Bjorn Fehrm January 03, 2018, ©. Leeham Co: Both United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and COMAC got their single-aisle airliner projects into flight test during 2017. The MC-21 and C919 had their first flights within less than a month… Read More

MC-21 and C919 compared. Part 3.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction June 15, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We continued the comparison of Irkut’s MC-21 and COMAC’s C919 last week with an analysis of the cabins and systems. The week before, we compared project time… Read More

MC-21 and C919 compared. Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction  June 08, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We started the comparison of Irkut’s MC-21 and COMAC’s C919 last week. We compared project time plans, structures and aerodynamics. Now we continue with the comparison of… Read More