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

The Boom SST engine problem, Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction December 01, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Boom Technology and Virgin Atlantic plan to offer supersonic business class passenger traffic over the Atlantic. We covered the number of challenges that this poses in recent… Read More

Airbus results depressed from continuing delivery delays

Oct. 26, 2016: Airbus Group reported that its nine months financial results continue to be depressed by delivery delays in the A320neo and A350-900 programs. The Group reported revenues of €43bn for the period and charges that lowered profits…. Read More

Airline assets and lessor assets: Bombardier and Embraer

Subscription Required Part 2. Part 1 may be found here. Introduction Bombardier invented the regional jet. Despite some sales these days, the CRJ was eclipsed by the Embraer J-Jet. Bombardier photo. Oct. 10, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Regional… Read More

Airline assets and lessor assets

Subscription required Introduction Part 1: The Big Two OEMs Oct. 3, 2016, © Leeham Co.: There are airline assets and there are leasing assets. That’s a good airplane but it’s not a good leasing asset. These are the… Read More

Airbus, Boeing cost-cutting

Sept. 20, 2016: Airbus is planning cost-cutting measures to offset program write-offs and delivery delays, according to The Financial Times. One of these delays involves the well-publicized problems with the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan engine on… Read More

44% supplier shortfall for GTF now showing impact

Sept. 6, 2016, © Leeham Co.: It was a stunning admission, one that produced the biggest headlines at the United Technologies media days in June: 44% of the suppliers on Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbo Fan engine weren’t… Read More