Pontifications: By accident of timing, convergence of events, Mitsubishi is now well positioned to become major RJ player

May 13, 2019, © Leeham News: The regional jetliner industry is on the cusp of a major shift. Bombardier is exiting commercial aviation. The company already is under contract to sell the Q400. It’s CRJ program is for… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aeroflot SSJ100 crash at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

May 10, 2019, ©. Leeham News: An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash-landed Sunday at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and burst into flames. We shall look closer at the likely cause of the accident, which involves the SSJ100 Fly-By-Wire (FBW)… 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

Embraer ponders new, smaller jet

Subscription Required Introduction March 5, 2018, © Leeham Co.: News emerged last week that Embraer is considering a new jet family smaller than its current E2 line. This would replace the E170, which Embraer decided not to upgrade… 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

Pontifications: JADC 20-year forecast: VLA, NMA and other data

July 24, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The Japan Aircraft Development Corp (JADC) just published its 2017-2037 jet and turboprop forecast. JADC forecasts a demand for 33,336 jet airliners and some 2,000 turboprops. JADC is partly owned by Mitsubishi,… Read More

Assessing the SSJ100 future

Subscription Required Introduction Feb. 20, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Sukhoi is Russia’s attempt at reentering the commercial airliner business. The SSJ100 regional jet is, by most accounts, an attractive SSJ100 in CityJet colors. CityJet is one of two… Read More

Pontifications: Embraer, contrary to others, looks to momentum in 2017

Jan. 3, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier look toward 2017 as a bit of a punk year, as detailed in our Look Ahead for subscribers only. Not so by Embraer. In an exclusive interview, John… Read More

Airline assets and lessor assets: Bombardier and Embraer

Subscription Required Part 2. Part 1 may be found here. Introduction Bombardier invented the regional jet. Despite some sales these days, the CRJ was eclipsed by the Embraer J-Jet. Bombardier photo. Oct. 10, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Regional… Read More

Russian-Chinese wide-body: Program responsibilities

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction September 29, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: We will now finish our series about the Russian-Chinese wide-body with looking at who will have what role in the program. Figure 1. Concept for new wide-body… Read More