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: UAC

Subscription Required Fifth in a series. By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction July 15, 2020, © Leeham News: UAC stands for United Aircraft Corporation, and is the name of the group owning the Russian aircraft industry. After the fall of… 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

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

2019 Outlook: Irkut leads Russia’s airliner industry

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction January 3, 2019, © Leeham News.: The last year was a quiet year for the airliner side of Irkut Corporation (Irkut). It continued testing its two MC-21 single-aisle airliners and rolled out… Read More

Chinese and Russian Widebody takes shape. Part 5.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction February 12, 2018, © Leeham Co.: In the fourth article about the Chinese/Russian wide-body, CR929, we analyzed the engine selection for the aircraft. Now we continue with a first performance analysis of… Read More

Chinese and Russian Widebody takes shape. Part 4.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction February 1, 2018, © Leeham Co.: In the third article about the Chinese/Russian widebody, CR929, we looked at the challenges the aircraft poses to the involved manufacturers. Now we continue with analyzing… Read More

Chinese and Russian Widebody takes shape: Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction January 18, 2018, © Leeham Co.: In the first article about the Chinese/Russian widebody, the CR929, we described the route to a joint program company and the launch of the project. We… 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