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Total Ground Time – A Key Operational Metric for Airlines

The adage is an airplane does not make money on the ground. If this is true then ground time is not only lost revenue, it is also added cost. Among the big three US airlines, we see that typically the Airbus single-aisle fleet has a shorter total ground time than the...

American Airlines’ narrow body options

American Airlines, at the end of 2Q18, had 946 active mainline aircraft in its fleet.  Of these, 776 (82%) were single-aisle aircraft. Looking at this fleet we note that the average is quite young at about 13 years.  But it is also clear the fleet has certain areas...

Seating changes from A320ceo to A320neo

[UPDATED] After we did a story on the changes in seating from 737-800 to 737 MAX8, several messages came and asked about a similar analysis on the A320eo to A320neo.  Here it is. On average, operators have increased seating from 170 to 172. This is only 1.2%. But...

JetBlue in the driver’s seat

JetBlue finds itself at the center of an unusual situation. It appears the airline is the first to be involved in the new world order of Airbus/Bombardier vs Boeing/Embraer.  Reuters has this story.  While no formal deals exist between Airbus and Bombardier or Boeing...

#141- The Stressed Aerospace Supply Chain

Airbus and Boeing are increasing production rates for their single aisle aircraft dramatically. Boeing has already...

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