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

2020 Outlook for Airbus, Boeing, et al

Subscription required Introduction By the  Leeham News team. Jan. 2, 2020, © Leeham News: This will be a pivotal year for Boeing. It will be a year of challenges for Airbus. Embraer Commercial Aviation should disappear. Mitsubishi Heavy… 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

MRJ’s GTF flameout traced to manufacturing issue

Editor’s note: The Farnborough Air Show begins next week. Mitsubishi is expected to have a flying display of the MRJ90 at an international air show for the first time. This is the last of three stories from Mitsubishi’s… Read More

Single-aisle production on track for 1,800/yr

Subscription Required Introduction May 7, 2018, © Leeham News: Single aisle airliner production rates are on a track to hit 1,800 per year by 2022, a new analysis by LNC concludes. This is for aircraft of 100 seats… Read More

Chinese and Russian Widebody takes shape. Part 3.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction January 25, 2018, © Leeham Co.: In the second article about the new Chinese/Russian widebody, CR929, we looked at the size of the aircraft and its passenger capacity. The CR929 can be… 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

US ponders Russia sanctions, some affecting US aerospace

Oct. 27, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The US is considering new trade sanctions against Russia, and Russia is considering retaliatory sanctions, that could have major implications in US aerospace—including on Boeing. The US sanctions would be for meddling… Read More

MC-21 and C919 compared. Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction  June 08, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We started the comparison of Irkut’s MC-21 and COMAC’s C919 last week. We compared project time plans, structures and aerodynamics. Now we continue with the comparison of… Read More