Richard Aboulafia

Richard Aboulafia

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

Articles
Opinion: Shifting Requirements, Budget Reality Conspiring Against T-X 42
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 14
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.
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
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May 6, 2015
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Stealth. 80,000ft. $375 Million A Copy. Did We Say This Was In 1970?

Aviation Week's 1970 story on the then-secret Compass Arrow unmanned air vehicle only scratched the surface of one of the era's most interesting projects....More
May 6, 2015
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Airlines Fold, Impact on MRO

Airlines continue to consolidate in the Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia--and the impact on MROs is big....More
May 6, 2015
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From The Archives: 1966 Boeing 737 Advertisement 4

This advertisement for the Boeing 737 - "the newest member of world's first family of jets" - appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology in November 1966....More
May 6, 2015
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From The Archives: 1967 Concorde Advertisement

This double-page advertisement for Concorde was placed in Aviation Week & Space Technology in the summer of 1967. The anticipated first flight in the spring of 1968 was delayed until March 2, 1969....More
May 5, 2015
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A Simple Way To Make Lease Returns Easier

Here is one way to save money and headaches when returning a leased aircraft....More

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