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Richard Aboulafia is Vice President, Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects for clients in the commercial and military aircraft field, and has advised numerous aerospace companies. He also writes and edits Teal's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. Richard also writes publicly about the aviation field, with numerous articles in Aviation Week, Aerospace America, and other publications. Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, he has appeared on numerous television news programs and has spoken at a wide variety of conferences.
October 17, 2017 :: October 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Franco-Quebecois Alliance Observers,

Right. We all value time, and this is a time-sensitive moment. Letís keep this simple Ė winners and losers in the sudden new Airbus C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) deal:

Biggest Winner: the CSe...   [More]

October 16, 2017 :: Business Jet Market Still Waiting For Solid Economics To Trickle Down - Pro Pilot

October 14, 2017 :: Will U.S. Rulings Unravel Years of Trade Advances in Commercial Aviation? - Aviation Week & Space Technology (paywall)

October 13, 2017 :: Presentation to the National Academy of Sciences ASEB Aero 2050 Symposium - My presentation starts just after 4:19

October 12, 2017 :: Protectionist Threat to Aviation? - Podcast with Aviation Week Editor Joe Anselmo and Air Transport World's Karen Walker

October 2, 2017 :: September 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Pain Avoiders,

One of the hardest tasks faced by any aerospace companyís leadership team is deciding when, exactly, they should stop shooting themselves in the foot. This kind of ill-advised behavior is rare, but with Boeingís trade complaint against Cana...   [More]

September 22, 2017 :: Have Jetliners Escaped The Boom-Bust Cycle? - Aviation Week & Space Technology (paywall)

September 11, 2017 :: Trump's Super Hornet Fixation: Sorting Fake From Real -

September 5, 2017 :: August 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Peripatetic Aerophiles,

How great is my family? Having stumbled onto an aviation book store in the least likely of places Ė Dingwall, Scotland, north of Inverness Ė they quickly realized that if I didnít have an hour there Iíd be in a foul mood for the rest o...   [More]

July 30, 2017 :: A Stunning U.S. Industrial Success Shows Problems With Trump's 'Made In America' Push -

July 21, 2017 :: July 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Schengen Agreement Defenders,

Franceís aerospace industry tells one of the happiest stories of the 20th century. Created and built in parts of France as far from Germany as possible to be far away from wars, it finished the century in fruitful ...   [More]

July 19, 2017 :: Why Sino-Russian Widebody Project Is Not Another Airbus - Aviation Week & Space Technology (paywall)

July 5, 2017 :: June 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Le Bourget Melted Tarmac Connoisseurs,

Spexit. I didnít invent this funny word; it currently gets 49,100 Google hits, and refers to a Spanish EU exit. Itís not a popular idea. Even in Catalonia, where I am now, where just under half the population...   [More]

June 15, 2017 :: Boeing's 20-Year Forecast At The Halfway Mark - Aviation Week & Space Technology (paywall)

June 14, 2017 :: May 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Private Aviation Aspirants,

One Quixotic artifact of the A380 era is an Airbus-run website,, that allows passengers to select flights featuring that plane. I donít know if anyone has actually used this tool to plan travel, but if the site has i...   [More]

May 14, 2017 :: April 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Northern Border Watchers,

One easy mistake to make, in war or business, is emphasizing tactics over strategy. Broadly, Tactics are the Hows: plans and execution; Strategy is the Whys: the long-term goals and agendas. They are...   [More]

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