It’s official: Delta orders A321neo with GTF engine

Dec. 14, 2017: After a wave of news stories yesterday, today’s it’s official: Delta Air Lines ordered 100 Airbus A321neos and optioned 100 more. Deliveries begin in 2020. The airplane will be equipped with the Pratt & Whitney… Read More

Delta to order A321neo, GTF engines: CNN

Dec. 13, 2017: Jon Ostrower of CNN is reporting Delta Air Lines will order 100 Airbus A321neos and option 100 more, to be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. If correct, this will be a snub to… Read More

Mid-year production update at Airbus

July 27, 2017, © Leeham Co.: It’s mid-way through 2017 and LNC is taking its second look at production and delivery stream flows for the Big Four airframe manufacturers. We examined Boeing Monday in advance of its earnings… Read More

Bombardier optimistic about China

Subscription Required Introduction June 5, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Bombardier’s activities in China, where the fuselage for the CSeries is co-produced, have been at a standstill. None of the Memorandums of Understand or Letters of Intent have been… Read More

How Airbus can kill the Boeing 797

May 10, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Airbus can kill the business case for the prospective Boeing 797, the New Midrange Aircraft also known as the Middle of the Market Airplane, Reuter’s Tim Hepher has this story. CNN’s Jon… Read More

Pontifications: Boeing complaint against Bombardier no surprise

May 1, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The Boeing Co. filed a complaint with the US Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission charging the Bombardier “dumping” the CSeries in the US to the detriment of Boeing and its… Read More

Could an NMA be made good enough? Part 5

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction April 20, 2017, © Leeham Co.: After defining the fuselage and wings, it’s now time for the engines.  We go through the sizing criteria for engines for airliners and find the size… Read More

Pontifications: Lessor cites cool reception to MAX 10

April 17, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Buckingham Research Group last week issued back-to-back notes about Boeing. One was a recap of an investors call with Steve Rimmer, CEO of Altavair Airfinance (nee Guggenheim Aviation partners). The other was… Read More

Bombardier YE2016 results better than expected

Feb. 16, 2017: Bombardier today posted better than expected results (even on lower revenue) for the fourth quarter and full year. Goldman Sachs was first out with reaction among the analyst reports LNC receives: Bombardier (Neutral) reported stronger-than-expected 4Q16… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Geared turbofans

January 13, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: The time has come to go through the reasons why some turbofan engines are designed with a gearbox between the fan and the low pressure shaft. The principle design is shown in… Read More