How Boeing named, promoted the MAX in early days

Subscription Required Now open to all readers Introduction May 16, 2019, © Leeham News: As a Congressional investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX development ramps up, LNA dipped into its… Read More

Pontifications: Fluid, dynamic events upend MAX story

Special Edition March 20, 2019, © Leeham Co: I’ve been covering or employed in commercial aviation since 1979. I’m an aviation historian buff. I’ve read all about the groundings of the Douglas DC-6, Lockheed Constellation, Martin 202 and… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Pitch stability, Part 4

By Bjorn Fehrm December 14, 2018, ©.Leeham News: Last week we introduced a horizontal stabilizer to make our DC-9 like aircraft stable in pitch. We got a pitch moment curve which was forcing the nose down of the… 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

Minuscule demand for Boeing 747-8F

See Scott Hamilton’s new column for Forbes on-line, It’s time for hard questions for Boeing. Subscription Required Introduction One of Boeing’s white tail 747-8Fs. This, and another that has been stored, was painted in the livery of the… Read More

CSeries dilemma: a saga of missed opportunities, bad decisions, stiff competition

Oct. 12, 2015, © Leeham Co.: The news agencies, stock markets and aerospace analysts last week went wild when Reuters reported there were talks going on between Bombardier and Airbus whereby the latter would take a majority stake… Read More

Assessing the 100-149 Seat Sector

Introduction Oct. 12, 2014, (c) Leeham Co.: The 100-149 seat market sector has long been criticized as irrelevant because of a string of poor-selling aircraft. Boeing officials even labeled this a Bermuda Triangle. The critics fail to recognize,… 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

MH370, Day 12: 10 theories, courtesy of BBC

To no surprise, we’re still wondering where Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is. The BBC has an excellent review of 10 theories about the flight’s mysterious disappearance, which beat us to it; we had planned to take this approach… Read More

Odds and Ends: Looking ahead in 2014; Boeing letter to Machinists; TWA retro choice; Screw it, let’s do it on Virgin [plane]

Looking ahead in 2014: We wrote this outlook for 2014 for CNN International Travel.  More seats, more fees, quieter year. IAM 751 members vote Friday on the ‘777X contract.‘ Here is a letter dated December 27 from Boeing… Read More