Boeing company uses A321 in website promo

Feb 23, 2017, (c) Leeham Co.: A Boeing company, Inventory Locator Service, yesterday posted an Evolution of Boeing graphic on its website that traces key points in Boeing’s history. There was a problem, however: the airplane at the top… Read More

From zero to 10,000 in 50 years; can COMAC duplicate this achievement?

By Bjorn Fehrm October 19, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus delivered its 10,000 aircraft last week (Figure 1), an A350-900 delivered to Singapore Airlines. Delivering the 10,000 aircraft after 50 years of start of project is impressive, especially… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Flight control, Part 2

18 March 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Last week we covered the early days of flight control when the pilot controlled the aircraft’s movable surfaces (called movables; e.g. stabilator, rudder, ailerons, spoilers…) without the involvement of computers. We will… Read More

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

PNAA Conference Day 1: Aerospace Clusters

Feb. 9, 2016: Today is the first of three days of conference meetings organized by the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA), in Lynnwood (WA). We’re providing live reporting throughout the three days. Aerospace clusters are evolving throughout the… 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

Northrop wins, Boeing/Lockheed lose bomber contract

Oct. 27, 2015: Northrop Grumman, builder of the B-2 bomber in the USAF inventory, was awarded the contract to build the next generation long-range bomber, which is yet to be named. For the moment, we’ll call it the… Read More

Pontifications: 50% of something or 100% of nothing: something to consider at Bombardier

On Sunday, The Seattle Times had a long article about whether the Boeing 787 will ever record a profit. Leeham Co’s Bjorn Fehrm is quoted extensively. Oct. 19, 2015, © Leeham Co. Bombardier is dominating the aerospace news… Read More

A320 FAL “good for US aerospace,” says Airbus

  Sept. 16, 2015, © Leeham Co., Mobile (AL): The opening of the Airbus A320 Final Assembly Line here achieves a major set of goals set by the company 10 years ago for its own strategic purposes, but… Read More

Embraer faces new challenge from MRJ90

Part 2 Sept. 10, 2015, © Leeham Co. Embraer is the dominant producer of commercial aircraft in the 70-125 seat sector, having overtaken Bombardier in the last decade following the development and 2004 introduction of the E-Jet. Bombardier’s CRJ… Read More