Richard Aboulafia

Richard Aboulafia

Contributing columnist Richard Aboulafia is vice president of analysis at Teal Group. He is based in Washington.

Articles
Opinion: Reengining Works Great. What About Retrofits?  7
It has been decades since anyone reengined an in-service jetliner. Can engine retrofits make a comeback?
Opinion: Greatest Long-Term Threat To Boeing Is The Loss Of Talent  23
The problem is that Boeing corporate management is taking a one-size-fits-all approach to labor relations.
Opinion: Bombardier's Uncertain Future 11
Spring and summer setbacks leave many open questions about the airframer’s direction
Opinion: F-35 Absent, And Stuck In Second Gear  16
Grounding could jeopardize export orders
Opinion: Bizjet Growth Eclipsing Stagnant Military Market
Markets meet for high-end bizjets, combat aircraft
The Next Big Medium Thing 1
The case for a scaled-up successor to the Boeing 757
Airbus Product, Organizational Needs Conflict 

Airbus is at a crossroads. It needs to address its major twin-aisle product line disadvantage to Boeing, while simultaneously implementing organizational reforms that could leave the company with less cash for new product development.

Opinion: Airbus Twin-Aisles—Big Needs, Limited Means
Airbus has big twin-aisle needs, but limited means.
U.S. Military Aircraft Fly Toward A Waterfall
The past few months have seen stark harbingers of looming pain.
Mind The Gulf
The Big Three carriers' vast expansion plans and their implications
Scorpion—Bold Idea, But Where’s The Market? 

Textron, in partnership with Airland Enterprises, recently unveiled the Scorpion, a largely clean-sheet light combat/ISR jet that is being prepared for a first flight this month (see photo). New military aircraft are so scarce that any new prototype is bound to garner attention, including an Aviation Week cover story (AW&ST Sept. 16, p. 22), and it's good to see innovation make an appearance in the aerospace and defense industry. Yet, despite all the talk of paradigm shifting, low costs and “80% solutions,” what exactly is the market for this product?

China’s Aerospace Strategy In Trouble 

As a prospective new entrant to the aviation industry, it's hard to be better positioned than China. The country offers the second biggest national market in the world, one that is growing ever larger and more important and benefits from plenty of engineering talent. It's difficult to believe China will not eventually have some kind of large aerospace industry as long as it stays a national priority.

Reassessing The A380 

Airbus can barely keep up with demand. A combination of high fuel prices and low interest rates has helped boost the jetliner market to record levels, with more growth ahead. But there is one exception to this happy situation: the A380. It is time to face some tough facts about the program.

Boeing Needs To Emphasize 777X Sales 

Has as a new jetliner ever been launched as reluctantly as the 777X? Boeing usually prefers to follow its competitors in new product development, waiting until it can create a “killer” for a given segment. The 777X, like the original 777, looks set to enter service several years after the competition, in this case the A350-1000. But while the 777 became a category killer, this time the late-adapter approach may have significant disadvantages.

 

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