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Podcast: Airbus After Leahy

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on Nov 29, 2017

It is only right that the replacement for Leahy should be an outsider. Makes very good sense,in that he or she will be seen as to their merit, opposed to a nepotist.

on Nov 29, 2017

Could this headline be able to be reused depending on the outcome of below? I personally don't think so and hope not but it depends on where the authorities Vector the matter.

From Telegraph

"Airbus faces a challenging few years. It is the subject of an international investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption to win contracts. Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and its French equivalent the Parquet National Financier (PNF) are examining the claims, which Airbus self-reported to regulators."

on Nov 29, 2017

He was an outsider too. He was the delivery manager at Piper when I collected my Malibu in 1984.

on Nov 29, 2017

In my circles, the current Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson was the Cadet Wing Commander at the Air Force Academy when I attended in the 80's....my Cadet Squadron team mate, Jay Silveria is now the Superintendent of USAFA as a 3 Star General !

on Nov 29, 2017

Boeing's stock has outperformed Airbus in the last year or so. The A400 may take decades to break even. Airbus is stuck with losing money on the A380. The long wingspan of the 777X gives it a large advantage over the A350. When both are delivering, the A350 may not be competitive. The Airbus partnership with Bombardier was brilliant, but that market segment is so crowded with good aircraft, it may not be that profitable.

The best salesman in the world can't overcome the poor product lineup (except for A 320, A321 and A330).

on Nov 29, 2017

He is also the architect of probably the worst commercial disaster in the history of the company A380 !! it was him who estimated a market potential of 1700 planes !!! .. Crazy crazy crazy .. Today they are losing Money with each plane delivered and with an annual production rate of 8-10 planes planed for the next years the hole will get bigger and bigger..In the end Boeing got it right with their assessment .. The future belongs to big twin engines .. Bombastic Leahy retires with mixed feelings .

on Nov 29, 2017

I told you so a few days ago when you published the previous article! Bruno Esposito

on Nov 29, 2017

How do you pre-suppose it will be a "he"?

on Nov 29, 2017

John Leahy has his fans and his detractors but few would dispute that he has been a huge contributor to the success of Airbus. And, do the airlines prefer to deal with 2 equal aircraft manufacturing competitors rather than one - you bet!

John Leahy, I salute you. Have a long and happy retirement.

on Nov 29, 2017

We will in the next few months find out how great a salesman Leahy really is and how brilliant Airbus current management really is once the bribery and corruption allegations move through the legal process. All these executive changes are perhaps not a coincidence. The bringing in of outsiders experienced in dealing with the cleanup of these kinds of issues speaks volumes. Some sales commissions might have to be repaid.

As to the Airbus 380 disaster the best analyst in the business Richard Aboulafia called it right from the beginning. I'm sure Boeing also regrets investing in the 747-8. They would have been much better off redoing the 777 two years earlier and investing in a MOM aircraft. Besides managing the 787 program properly. Boeing did a great job on the initial 777 program then forgot how to manage a new aircraft development with the 787.

It's unfortunate that large US corporations are focussed on share buybacks, stock deals and outrageous executive compensation instead of investing in their business.

on Nov 29, 2017

RR knows a little about 'irregularities' in it's sales history. Certainly Mr. Shulz was center to the settlement they agreed (think it was about 600M in pounds?) in similar circumstance involving so-called middle men.
Regarding Leahy legacy, he made have exponentially increased Airbus sales, but at what net gain to the shareholders of Airbus? Airbus has never, under many party company and financial structures, been transparent enough in it's accounts to determine any business profits and net viability other than the obvious jobs programs and in-country tax schemes it has benefited the nations that fund it.

on Nov 29, 2017

Hopefully the next sales chief will be less arrogant and defiant than Leahy and with a better sense professionalism by being more diplomatic with competitors , it is a good thing that Airbus never made him the CEO

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