Another day has passed at Le Bourget – so lets dive into the order books
International Airlines Group (owner of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL) signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. The airline did not disclose a specific split between the two MAX models, though it anticipates deploying the aircraft at a number of the group’s airlines including Vueling and LEVEL. It’s also the first time an airline or lessor has ordered the Boeing 737 MAX since the ET602 incident.
Korean Air and Air Lease Corporation announce plans to add 30 more Boeing 787 family aircraft. split by a commitment to purchase 10 new 787-10s and 10 additional 787-9 airplanes, whilst the airline will lease 10 Boeing 787-10 from ALC.
Air Lease Corporation announced a commitment to purchase five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.5 billion at list prices.
It’s been a busy day over at the Airbus chalet, with Cebu Pacific kicking off the day with a Memorandum of Understanding for 16 A330-900neo, 10 A321XLR and 5 A320neo. Expect packed planes, with the A330neo to be a higher capacity version of the A330-900, with 460 seats in single class configuration. The A320neos are worth mentioning, as they will have room for 194 passengers aboard.
Saudi Arabian Airlines has decided to expand its existing A320neo Family order from 35 to as many as 100 NEO aircraft including 35 options. The additional firm order takes SAUDIA’s order of A320neo Family aircraft to 65 of which 15 are A321XLRs.
AirAsia will upsize its future Airbus single aisle fleet, converting 253 orders for the A320neo to the larger A321neo version.
International Airlines Group (IAG) as well as shopping at Boeing, has been over to the Airbus, has selected the A321XLR to expand its fleet of highly efficient single aisles with a firm order for 14 aircraft. Of these, eight are destined for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus.
Delta Air Lines has ordered five additional A220-100 aircraft, bringing to 95 the total number of orders placed, including both the A220-100s and A220-300s. The airline is the first to select the new increased maximum takeoff weight option for its entire fleet from 2020.
Atlantic Airways, the Faroe Islands flag carrier, has signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for two A320neo aircraft, becoming the latest A320neo customer.
ATR scored a major win today with Nordic Aviation Capital, who have signed a Letter of Intent for 35 firm ATR -600s, with options for a further 35 and purchase rights for another 35. Deliveries of the initial 35 aircraft will begin in 2020 and run up to 2025 with the delivery schedule is optimised to ensure that market demand is best satisfied over the five-year period.
A few more orders today, with Japan’s Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) for a firm order of two E175 jets. and was already included in Embraer’s 2019 first-quarter backlog as “undisclosed.”
Binter, of Spain signed for two additional E195-E2s, confirming purchase rights from the original contract, signed in 2018.
Onto Day 3
A rather busy day with the four major airframers getting wins across their product lines, and Boeing getting some traction back on the Boeing 737 MAX product line after a very long hiatus. With the middle day of the airshow coming up, this normally is the quiet day of the show – but you never know what orders might show up.
Tune in tomorrow!
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