Pontifications: There is no good news

May 18, 2020, © Leeham News: There simply is no good news in commercial aviation right now. Yes, airport traffic is upticking in the USA (and elsewhere) slightly. But in the USA, it’s still less than 10% of… Read More

Bringing back long-haul capacity with narrowbody aircraft

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   May 11, 2020, © Leeham News: The timeline for a passenger traffic recovery is highly uncertain. Major OEMs and some airlines expect a return to 2019 passenger traffic levels in two years… Read More

Restarting credit markets

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   April 13, 2020, © Leeham News: Companies across the globe moved quickly to draw down credit facilities or arrange new debt to get through the economic disasters brought on by COVID-19, the… Read More

US carriers not at imminent risk of bankruptcy despite potential shutdown

By Judson Rollins March 16, 2020, © Leeham News: Throughout Sunday afternoon and evening, reports – all unconfirmed – began to emerge in the US that as early as today, the Trump administration may announce a suspension of… Read More

JetBlue, a carrier at crossroads

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Feb. 17, 2020, © Leeham News: JetBlue Airways has come a long way since it started operations in 2000. The airline celebrated its 20th-anniversary last week. While the US legacy carriers were… Read More

Converting customers to the FSA

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Nov. 28, 2019, © Leeham News: As Boeing works its way through the 737 MAX crisis, all consideration whether to launch the New Midmarket Aircraft (NMA) is on hold. But the Boeing… Read More

Pontifications: Southwest to evaluate splitting airplane supplier next year

Oct. 28, 2019, © Leeham News: Gary Kelly, the chairman of Southwest Airlines, told CNBC Thursday that next year, the company will review whether to source airplanes from another manufacturer besides Boeing. This, of course, means Airbus. The… Read More

Preferred 737 MAX return to service timeline for Airlines

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   Oct. 21, 2019, © Leeham News: As Boeing sorts out final requirements with regulators for the 737 MAX return to service, preparations to resume deliveries are in full steam. The company is… Read More

Boeing suppliers ramp up schedule for MAX: 52/mo by July, 57/mo by August

April 29, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing reduced the production rate on the 737 line in mid-April from 52/mo to 42/mo in response to the grounding of the airplane by regulators worldwide. The company and others said they… Read More

Impact of MAX grounding emerges with earnings reports

Subscription Required Introduction April 29, 2019, © Leeham News: With first quarter financial results beginning to be reported, the impact of the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX is beginning to emerge. Boeing 737 MAXes stored at Everett… Read More