Articles tagged with: Bombardier

08
January
2015

Bombardier’s CSeries Gamble Is Facing Longer Odds

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Bombardier’s CSeries Gamble Is Facing Longer Odds

Bombardier may find it difficult to carve out space, given the preference among many air carriers to stick with a single aircraft maker, according to Richard Aboulafia, vice president for analysis at the Teal Group, an aerospace and defense industry analysis firm. More important, he said, Boeing and Airbus have a significant cost advantage.

Media Outlet: The New York Times Tags Bombardier

20
August
2014

Bombardier Seen Delaying CSeries Again as Tests Continue

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Bombardier Seen Delaying CSeries Again as Tests Continue

"They're being borderline delusional if they think they're going to meet the 2015 target," Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace consultant with Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group, said in a telephone interview. "That's not going to happen. If it's the first half of 2016, I will call that a strategic victory." Aboulafia has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry and writes reports providing forecasts of aircraft markets.

Media Outlet: The Montreal Gazette Tags Bombardier | CSeries

20
August
2014

Bombardier CSeries tests resume, with hopes they will spark new orders

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Bombardier CSeries tests resume, with hopes they will spark new orders

But Richard Aboulafia of aviation consultancy Teal Group in Farifax. Va., and a longtime critic of the CSeries program, was blunt and severe. "Oh right, hooray! You fire everyone associated with the program, you have this unpleasant looking accident followed by a long unexplained silence (from Bombardier after May 29) and a nasty company re-organization. But hey, you're flying again. I mean, what the hell?" Aboulafia said "at this point, you can't rule out a total program failure."

Media Outlet: The Montreal Gazette Tags Bombardier | CSeries

31
May
2014

Bombardier CSeries Flight Testing Halted After Engine Problem

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Bombardier CSeries Flight Testing Halted After Engine Problem

A similar Pratt engine will power the rival Airbus A320neo, but the risk of the CSeries test failure affecting the Airbus timetable is remote, said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst at the Teal Group, in Fairfax, Virginia. "Given all the testing the engine has been through, the incident is likely to be pretty minor," Aboulafia said. "But given all the headaches of the CSeries, this is another headache Bombardier doesn't need."

Media Outlet: Reuters Tags Bombardier | CSeries

18
May
2014

Gulfstream Rides On Wings Of Prosperity

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Gulfstream Rides On Wings Of Prosperity

“This is currently the only business jet with a premium in the used market that I’m aware of,” Teal Group aerospace analyst Richard Abouafia told AIN. “Gulfstream has a five-year head start over Bombardier’s Global 7000, which won’t enter the market until 2017. It’s almost unheard of for anyone to have this kind of market all to themselves for this long."

Media Outlet: Aviation International News Tags Bombardier | Business Jets | Global 7000 | Gulfstream

26
March
2014

Aero growth set to buoy aluminum demand

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Aero growth set to buoy aluminum demand

“It’s an impossibly high base year, with production having more than doubled in half a decade. The industry is running the risk of creating a bubble, and a balance needs to be struck,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal Group Corp., Fairfax, Va. “The industry could be building for a colossal burp after watching costs and rates rise as new planes are produced.”  There also is increased competition from composites, particularly with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.  Aboulafia said the battle  of raw material suppliers is a back-and-forth process, with aggressive marketing from competing sectors.  “The Rolls Royce receivership in the 1970s was due to its use of composites in its engine. It became the watchword for overreach,” he said.  Composites have been used on business jets, but all except one failed, Aboulafia noted. The jury is still out on the latest release, which will be Montreal-based Bombardier Inc.’s  Learjet 85.  “Companies are naturally drawn to the innovation story, but it is easy to oversell technology. This is the oversold nature of the composite revolution,” Aboulafia said.

Media Outlet: American Metal Market Tags 787 Dreamliner | Aluminum | Bombardier | Business Aircraft | Composites | LearJet 85 | Rolls-Royce

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