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

Pontifications: Assessing the future of stand-alone GE Aviation

By Scott Hamilton Nov. 22, 2021, © Leeham News: GE Aviation’s (GEA) spin-off takes the corporate burden off its back and opens that way to move forward just as commercial aviation should be over the COVID-19 pandemic. The… Read More

Pontifications: Bringing some reality on electric airplanes

Nov. 15, 2021, © Leeham News: The momentum and press about electric airplanes is spinning out of control. Earlier this month, there was an article from one of the most respected news organizations by a reporter who apparently… Read More

Pontifications: Biofuels, hydrogen, batteries are nice but far in the future. Solution exists now.

Oct. 11, 2021, © Leeham News: EcoAviation was the Number One topic at the Oct. 3-5 IATA AGM in Boston. IATA, the International Air Transport Assn., set a number of lofty goals to remove carbon emissions from commercial… Read More

Pontifications: Does Embraer’s turboprop design foretell what Boeing needs?

Aug. 23, 2021, © Leeham News: Could Embraer’s new turboprop design have formed the basis for the 100-150 seat Boeing single-aisle aircraft had the joint venture proceeded? A former Boeing engineer thinks it might have. The aft-mounted, open… Read More

Pontifications: A deeper hole for the Boeing 737 MAX market share

Aug. 9, 2021, © Leeham News: Boeing’s 737 MAX market share vs Airbus is in a deeper hole than may be generally realized. Aviation Week last week complied a list of the top seven low-cost carrier airlines in… Read More

Sunset of the Quads, Part 3

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Aug. 20, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we compared the economics of the 747-400 and the A380 on the Los Angeles to Sydney route. We now turn our attention to Airbus’… Read More

Supply chain focus: Safran’ s first 2020 quarter

By Bjorn Fehrm May 5, 2020, ©. Leeham News: Next out in our COVID19 supply chain focus is Safran Group. Safran, together with GE Aviation, is the largest supplier of turbofan engines to the World’s airliners. Their success… Read More

Collapse of Boeing-Embraer JV gives Mitsubishi Aircraft new opportunities

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction May 4, 2020, © Leeham News: The collapse of the Boeing-Embraer joint venture removes a major cloud over another Boeing agreement with a different airframe company. Long ago, Boeing and Mitsubishi Aircraft… Read More

“We’re sick and tired of new technologies:” Avolon CEO

Subscription Required Introduction By Scott Hamilton March 16, 2020, © Leeham News: “I can tell you from our perspective, we’re kind of sick and tired of new, new technology. It’s not proven to be the home run.” This… Read More