PW’s Geared Turbo Fan was catalyst for MRJ90 order

March 8, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbo Fan technology was what prompted a used airplane lessor to place its first new airplane order, selecting the Mitsubishi MRJ90 in the process. Jep Thornton is a… Read More

Minuscule demand for Boeing 747-8F

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C-17: the end of an era

Dec. 1,2015: The last C-17 flew off the Boeing production line in Long Beach (CA) last week, ending aircraft production at the former McDonnell Douglas plant that began delivering Douglas DC-8s at the start of the jet age…. Read More

World’s dud airliners

While we’re in the slow-news Holidays, we thought we’d have some irreverent fun. There have been many attempts at building airliners. There are the obvious successes but there have been many, many failures. Starting with the end of… Read More

New and Derivative Airplanes: Some good, some not: Part 2

Part 2 of two parts. With multiples and multiples of billions of dollars at stake to develop new airplanes, and the billions of dollars of cost overruns at risk, it’s understandable the Airbus and Boeing are shifting to… Read More

Farborough Air Show, July 16: Snipe hunts in an era of model improvements

Upate, 5:30am PDT: The Wall Street Journal has an article that is more or less on point to the theme of this post. It doesn’t matter what the competition does, it’s always inferior–until you do it yourself. The… Read More

FAA launches 787 system review

The Federal Aviation Administration today launched a review of the Boeing 787’s electrical system. We start our coverage with a running synopsis of the press conference at 9:30am ET. Presenting are Michael Huerta, director of the FAA (MH);… Read More