Time to dive back into the world of orders at the Farnborough Air Show – with the traditionally quiet day 3 of the show throwing up a few orders of interest.
VietJet signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, split between the double-stretch Boeing 737 MAX 10 (80 frames) and the baseline 737 MAX 8 (20 frames).
Undisclosed customers have also been shopping at Boeing too. They’ve racked up 93 commitments over four customers. These are split into 40 High Capacity 737 MAX 8 and 45 standard 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Airbus’s biggest buyer this Farnborough Air Show “Undisclosed Airline”, has a memorandum of understanding signed six Airbus A330neo aircraft. Secret Squirrel Airlines has done well this show it seems.
More interestingly, start-up Uganda Airlines has signed an MoU for 2 Airbus A330neo aircraft – specifically, the A330-800 (making them the only operator of the type in the world.
Viva Aerobus firms up order for 25 A321neos, along with 16 upconversions from A320neo to A321neo from their existing backlog.
EasyJet took delivery of the first of 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft at the show (after a short demonstration flight from London Gatwick airport).
Hokkadio Air System Company (A JAL Group Company) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for two ATR42-600 aircraft with an option for one more on top. These will replace the existing Saab 340 series aircraft. Planned entry into service is 2020.
EasyFly of Columbia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ATR for five aircraft, involving three ATR72-600s and two ATR42-600 aircraft.
Uganda Airlines didn’t stop at the Airbus stand – they headed straight to Bombardier to sign a a firm order for four Bombardier CRJ900. The airline will be the first operator in Africa to fly the new ATOMSPHERE cabin.
Good news! The MRJ-90 that has a bit of an accident when the raydome was punctured when being mis-handled on the ground is flying again.
Now, about scoring a few orders..
As we head towards Day 4, there’s always one or two hidden surprises and last-minute big orders to pull out of the bag by multiple airframers. I don’t see this year being any different.
Oh, and the highlight maybe that an A380 will be visiting the show tomorrow – but one like you haven’t seen before…
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