Richard Aboulafia

Richard Aboulafia

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

Opinion: Aircraft Markets Downshift; Dark Clouds Loom  16
Sluggish aircraft industry growth is threatened by several looming macroeconomic trends, and the jetliner primes’ lofty production goals appear out of line with economic reality.
Opinion: Pratt Geared Turbofan Blazes Trail Of Disruption  81
The aircraft industry should enjoy the remarkable wave of disruption starting with the A320neo’s arrival. But after this wave, our industry risks stagnation.
Opinion: How Canada’s Aerospace Industry Dodged A Bullet With C Series  20
The situation with Bombardier’s C Series could have been far worse.
Opinion: After the C-17, A Tier Of Choices  88
Boeing could have sustained the venerable C-17 line profitably for at least few more years, but several factors dictated that closing it is the smarter way to go.
Opinion: Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better When It Comes To Aircraft  116
Market factors show the twin-aisles are very healthy now and will prevail as the aircraft of choice for most airlines going forward.
Smaller Still Makes Sense 
Even though demand for this jet and for Boeing’s 747-8 has been disappointing, many still say that growth will one day create a market.
Opinion: For Boeing, Big Losses And Missed Opportunities In The Tanker Market  63
Boeing has not won a single international KC-46 order thus far; the Airbus KC-30 now has 48 orders.
Opinion: Short-Term Memories Can Lead To Big Miscalculations 8
The jetliner supply chain might find itself the victim of someone else’s idea of success. As both Airbus and Boeing consider a further ramp-up of their A320 and 737 single-aisle jetliner families, everyone involved should consider the likely ramifications.
Opinion: The End Of History And The Last Manned Fighter?  4
After nearly 100 years, manned fighters still represent the overwhelming bulk of airpower, but predictions of their irrelevance or obsolescence are still with us.
Opinion: Shifting Requirements, Budget Reality Conspiring Against T-X 43
USAF’s T-X advanced trainer procurement program is the second largest outstanding undetermined aircraft procurement program in the world.
Opinion: Boeing Should Not Lean On Labor To Cover 787 Losses 16
Investors loved Boeing’s fourth-quarter 2014 financials, but scratch a little deeper and there’s a serious problem.
Opinion: LRS-B And The Military Aircraft Industry 8
Students of post-Cold War aerospace are intimately familiar with the Last Supper.
Opinion: A&D Mood Swing Benefits U.S. Sales  1
The U.S. market again is playing a leading role in all major aviation segments.
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.
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