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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...

Boeing’s 737 NG and MAX Orders

These two models are the bellwether for Boeing.  They account for the most orders and are in the largest segment of the market.  What does the data show us about these two key models? In the chart the brighter the shade of the dot, the greater the number is for each...

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...

FAA Issues Emergency AD for CFM-56 Engines

In the wake of last week’s fatal incident, the FAA has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive. Southwest Airlines flight 1380 last Tuesday from New York to Dallas experienced an uncontained engine failure of a CFM-56 engine during which shrapnel penetrated the...