Bjorn’s Corner: Increasing an aircraft’s range

16 October 2015, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus announced this week how it made an Ultra Long Haul (ULH) aircraft out of the long haul A350-900. The resulting A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) enables Singapore Airlines to reopen the famous… Read More

Delta Air sees 777 surplus developing

Subscription required. Oct. 14, 2015, © Leeham Co.: Delta Air Lines sees a major surplus of young Boeing 777s developing in the near term as key operators plan to let the aircraft go from leases or retirements. The looming… Read More

Qantas robbed of longest flight by Emirates and then Singapore airlines

By Bjorn Fehrm Oct. 14 2015, ©. Leeham Co: The planned “Flight 21” of Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York would rob Qantas Airways of the title of flying the longest direct flight in the world come 2018…. Read More

Airbus A350-900ULR enables Singapore Airlines to reopen Singapore-New York

By Scott Hamilton and Bjorn Fehrm Oct. 13 2015, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus and Singapore Airlines have launched the A350-900 ultra long range, the specifications for which we estimated in July beginning with the first of four articles. The A350-900ULR… Read More

Airbus’ and Boeing’s Payload/Range for VLAs

Bloomberg reported this week that Airbus is now offering the A350-900LR to Singapore Airlines to reopen ultra-long haul US direct routes. We predicted July 14 that Airbus would offer the LR. We offered some high-level analysis about how Airbus… Read More

Airbus in talks with Singapore for ultra-long range airplane; “A350-900LR” likely

July 14, 2015 © Leeham Co. Singapore Airlines is in talks with Airbus and Boeing about an Ultra-Long Haul airplane that can fly from Singapore to the US non-stop. The talks were first reported by Bloomberg News June… Read More

Malaysia Airlines fleet restructuring

April 30, 2015: Malaysia Airlines is offering for sale or lease all six of its Airbus A380s, its two Boeing 747-400Fs and four Airbus A330-200Fs and four Boeing 777-200ERs as it seeks to restructure following a disastrous 2014…. Read More

Tipping point for supply/demand? We don’t think so

Subscription Required Introduction April 28, 2015, c. Leeham Co. Goldman Sachs over the weekend issued a research note, Is the new aircraft supply/demand equation nearing a tipping point? GS cited the recent United and American airlines actions involving… Read More

Playing number games with the A380

Feb. 15, 2015: Orders for the Airbus A380 have been slow, almost glacial, since the program was launched in 2000. Despite a 20-year forecast then and every year since by Airbus that suggests there is a need for… Read More

A350-1000 gets upgrade to 387 seats; we analyse the consequences

Subscription required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction 28 Jan 2015: Exactly one week after the first Airbus A350 started regular service between Doha and Frankfurt with Qatar Airways (on 15th of January), upgrades to the A350 capacity was announced by Airbus in a… Read More