With the Dubai Air Show under way, there has been more than a little bit of activity on the commercial aviation from – with a fair few frames sold today.
Let’s have a look and see who’s been buying what from whom.
Emirates have signed a purchase agreement for 50 A350-900s. The order finalises the one announced earlier this year, sealing the A380s fate, whilst curiously forgetting any mention of the A330-900neo. These will also be have a Premium Economy product installed. The new aircraft will start arriving in 2023.
Air Arabia signed a firm order for 120 Airbus aircraft comprising 73 A320neos, 27 A321neos and 20 A321XLRs. An interesting mix, with intent for longer operations for sure.
Over in the Boeing Chalet, there’s been a number orders going through
First up is Biman Bangadesh, who are adding two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to their long haul fleet.
Next is EgyptAir, who will lease two additional Boeing 787-9 from AerCap to add to their long haul fleet, bringing the total fleet count from AerCap to 8 Boeing 787 aircraft
Finally is SunExpress – who are exercising options for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Whilst that may not be a lot of aircraft, it is the second order of the type since the 737 MAX was grounded. Also, it’s another major backing of the type as SunExpress is owned by Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
De Havilland of Canada
If there’s been a stand-out move by any of the airframers, De Haviland of Canada have really made strides to secure their long-terms survival.
Firstly, was an order by the United Republic of Tanzania, who have ordered an additional Dash 8-400 aircraft for Air Tanzania. This will bring their total fleet to five of the type, with this one configured with two toilets and 78 seats. It also represents the first aircraft that has been ordered since this iteration of De Havilland of Canada has come into existence.
Elin Group Limited of Nigeria has signed a firm purchase agreement for three Dash 8-400 aircraft.
Finally, Palma Holding Limited has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase 20 Dash 8-400 aircraft.
Air Peace will be adding to its fleet, with the airline signing fa contract for three additional E195-E2s, confirming purchase rights from the original contract.
With Days 3 and 4 coming up, there is room for a few more orders out there to be grabbed – and it will be interesting to see which airlines and lessors open their wallets as the show continues.
Because, there’s always room for a blockbuster deal at an air show.
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