Based on reader feedback we decided to add another 787 post today – this one focused on deliveries. Let’s get to the data. As the first chart shows, most (89%) deliveries have gone to airlines directly. Lessors account for 15% of orders and 9% of deliveries. Airlines customers are very important to this aircraft program and lessors, while important, less so. Continue reading
The Boeing 787 has been around for a number of years, moved through a painful birth, and now increasingly contributes to Boeing’s success in dominating the widebody segment. Boeing’s perseverance is paying off. It might be years before the 787 achieves break-even, but there is little doubt that the program will do so.
Here are a few charts to give us an idea of how the program is unfolding. Continue reading
We have been waiting for a while to see if there was anyway we could get a comparison of the A320neo with both engines and the 737 MAX compared for engine noise. The most objective way to do this is use videos from the first flight events. One has to also avoid OEM videos, some of which have music and other dubbing to prevent the real noise levels to be heard.
Bear in mind as you watch these videos, the weather was different for each first flight. The distances from the aircraft to camera microphone were different. Even the cameras were different. There is a lot of variation that make a comparison difficult. But absent any equal comparison, what else can you do? Continue reading
Saying that if Airbus can sell to Iran, Bombardier should be as well, the Canadian government announced that it plans to lift its sanctions on Iran. The process of lifting the sanctions and allowing Iran to order from Bombardier looks rather hurried.
This is fortunate for Bombardier since the firm could win some business in Iran, for which discussion are already underway with Iran Air. Iranian airlines have talked up their fleet shopping lists to 500 aircraft. That is enough to allow every OEM to get a good slice of the cake. Moreover, given existing backlogs and scarce delivery positions, Iran has to buy from everyone to get new aircraft in a reasonably short time frame.
As we have written a number of times last year, Iran is the big news in 2016 with respect to orders. However even as the Iran fleet… Continue reading