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Take a look at the LEAP flight test hours on the neo through the start of June.  As of COB yesterday the program has accumulated nearly 14 hours of block time and just over 8 hours of flight time.

2015-06-09_11-05-43As the numbers show, the LEAP is building hours steadily. The amount of time between push-back to takeoff has shrunk and now looks like to be about ten minutes.

Both neo engine programs appear to be on target for their development time frames, early 2016 for GTF and 2017 for LEAP.  Both are expected to achieve their performance targets. We won’t know about reliability and maintenance costs for certain until they are in service, but preliminary indications indicate the GTF is performing as planned, while the LEAP is just starting its testing program and it is too early to tell quite yet.

Wednesday’s story on engines attracted a lot of attention.  And some good comments – so we went back to our data to see what more we could pull out of it.  This is what we found. Continue reading

We analyzed the aero engine business to see how the market has been evolving since 2000.  The chart below shows how market shares have been changing.  What we see is useful to understand the impact among the competing OEMs. Particularly those focused on only a few aircraft programs. Continue reading

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