Pontifications: Qatar, United, Boom, Airbus and Aerion

June 7, 2021, © Leeham News: It’s been a busy couple of weeks in commercial aviation, with several reports last week alone. Qatar Airways expresses interest in Boeing 777X-F and Airbus A350F. United Airlines announces a “commercial agreement”… Read More

The A350, Part 8 A350-1000 Intro

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Mar. 4, 2021, © Leeham News: After assessing the performance of the A350-900 and its ULR variant, we now turn our attention to the largest A350 variant, the -1000. It entered service… Read More

HOTR: What Delta and Qatar Airways have in common

By the Leeham News team Oct. 6, 2020, © Leeham News: Apart from a few exceptions, airlines have had to take steep losses since the beginning of the COVID-19. The pain is compounded for two major airlines: Delta… Read More

An accelerating widebody fleet streamlining, Part 2

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 8, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we saw that earlier generations of widebody aircraft had significant range restrictions. Airlines with sizable long haul operations had to operate multiple aircraft types… Read More

Better to bring capacity back with a 787-10 or 777-300ER

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   May 14, 2020, © Leeham News: Last week, we compared the economics of the Boeing 777-300ER and 777-9 on the world’s busiest intercontinental route. The older aircraft proved a viable alternative, thanks… Read More

Big Three Gulf Carriers’ financials

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction Nov. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: The rise of the Big Three Middle Eastern carriers since the mid-2000s has been nothing short of astounding. They took full advantage of an advantageous geographical… Read More

KKR invests $1bn in small lessor

Jan. 3, 2019, © Leeham News: The US private equity fund KKR agreed to invest $1bn in boutique lessor Altavair, a deal that includes taking a 50% stake in the company. KKR may supplement the investment with additional… Read More

777F, 747-8F orders help former’s bridge, solidify Boeing as freighter king

Subscription Required Introduction Aug. 6, 2018, © Leeham News: The surge of orders at the Farnborough Air Show for Boeing 777 and 747-8 freighters is welcome news for Boeing, which still had production gaps to bridge between the… Read More

Wide-body production rates show mix of strength, weakness

Subscription Required Introduction May 14, 2018, © Leeham News: Wide-body production rates by Airbus and Boeing are expected to go up modestly during the next three year, with a jump in 2022—if Boeing 777X production rates head for… Read More

Airbus readies A350-1000 for delivery, dismisses Boeing 777-9

Feb. 20, 2018, © Leeham Co.: Toulouse: Airbus will deliver its first A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways within hours, making the end to a nearly two-month wait for the ceremonial handover. The aircraft was legally delivered to… Read More