Well, it’s a scorcher out there in the land that is Farnborough, with temperatures hitting the 40s. But that’s not the only hot stuff that’s been going on.
Let’s kick off what has been announced in Manufacturer Order.
TAAG Angolan Airlines has signed a lease agreement with Air Lease Corp for six Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
The aircraft are scheduled to deliver to the airline starting in 2023 through 2024 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.
Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation said
“ALC is pleased to announce this significant lease placement for six new Airbus A220s with TAAG and be the first to introduce Airbus aircraft to the airline,”
“The capabilities of the A220-300 will greatly enhance TAAG’s operational efficiency and expanding route network with the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”
Eduardo Fairen, CEO of TAAG said
“Today we start our relationship with ALC incorporating six new Airbus A-220-300 into our fleet. It’s indeed a significant announcement for us as we are celebrating a new era and a new vision for TAAG. We are alive, back in business, breaching with the past to achieve greater results and becoming a reference for Africa. This partnership emphasizes our commitment to grow and further improving our credibility among international stakeholders while creating a new value proposition for our passengers,”
ATR has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for up to 36 aircraft with Feel Air Holdings at the Farnborough Air Show.
The LoI confirms Feel Air’s commitment to the exclusive use of ATR aircraft for its domestic operations, with a fleet that will consist of both ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 aircraft, as well as the short take-off and landing variant, the ATR 42-600S, for easier access to smaller regional airports.
Feel Air is a new Japanese regional airline holding company created to revitalise Japan’s regions. Feel Air will use its unique franchise business structure to gradually establish a family of regional airlines that will cover different areas within Japan.
Mr Taiichi Kojima, President of Feel Air Holdings, said:
“Feel Air Holdings aims to bring a new dynamic to Japanese regional air travel, making it more versatile, more meaningful, and more accessible to all. Thanks to their reduced CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency, ATR aircraft can help us to do this in a sustainable manner, allowing us to contribute actively to local communities while also protecting Japan’s many beautiful natural landscapes.”
Mr Hideki Ide, Chief Executive Officer of Feel Air Holdings, said:
“Over the coming years, Feel Air Holdings will establish at least five regional airlines, with a fleet that will ultimately comprise 36 ATR aircraft. Our fundamental goal is to improve regional air mobility in Japan by connecting local destinations that currently do not have air service, thereby creating stronger links between regional businesses and people, generating new markets, and enriching local economies. ATR aircraft play an essential part in our business strategy because they are the ideal size for such regional operations and demonstrate exceptional operational efficiency.”
Stefano Bortoli, ATR Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“Air transport is crucial for Japan’s islands and regions, and the establishment of Feel Air will help connect Japan’s regions affordably and sustainably. At ATR, we want to help ensure that aviation and Feel Air in particular can contribute to a prosperous future for Japan. Together, we will explore many opportunities for our versatile and sustainable turboprops in the coming years, to further support Japan’s economic development and its need for quick, reliable and responsible essential services.“
It’s a big kick-off with Delta Air Lines confirming it is to sign for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 10 Aircraft with 30 options.
Delta Air Lines has also contracted with Boeing Global Services for a full interior reconfiguration of 29 Next Generation 737-900ERs in its fleet. This will support having these airplanes ready to enter Delta Air Lines’s 2025 summer schedule with fully refreshed interiors.
Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer said
“These new aircraft provide superior operating economics and network flexibility, and the agreement reflects our prudent approach to deploying our capital.”
“This aircraft will be piloted, served and maintained by the very best professionals in the business, and it’s their hard work and dedication to our customers that always sets us apart.”
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“We are proud that Delta Air Lines, is renewing its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX, the industry’s most fuel-efficient family of airplanes,”
“Built in our factory in Washington state with support from key suppliers across the US, the 737-10 will provide Delta Air Lines with the best economics to carry more passengers across its short and medium-haul routes.”
This was followed by the ANA re-announcement of them taking Boeing 737 MAX 8 (20 firm orders, 10 options) and 2 Boeing 777-8F freighters which we covered last week.
Koji Shibata, President and CEO of ANA HOLDINGS said
“We are pleased to partner with Boeing to introduce new airplanes into our world-class fleet that further our commitment to sustainable aviation,”
“The efficiency, reliability and range capability of the 737 MAX make it an ideal airplane to refresh our narrow-body fleet and provide our passengers with the highest level of comfort onboard. In addition, the 777-8 Freighters will add flexibility and efficiency to our air cargo network. The 737 and 777 have long been a mainstay of the ANA fleet, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Boeing with these new airplanes.”
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said
“This is a tremendous milestone for ANA and Boeing as the airline has selected the 737-8 and 777-8 Freighter to further strengthen its passenger and cargo operations,”
“ANA has remained at the forefront of commercial aviation by consistently investing in the latest airplane technology, providing their passengers with an unparalleled flying experience and more sustainable options to travel and deliver goods around the globe.”
De Havilland Aircraft
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada has launched the launch of three cargo conversion solutions for the Dash 8-400 aircraft. The launched solutions include Quick Change (QC), Package Freighter (PF) and Freighter with Large Cargo Door (F-LCD) configurations
The package freighter variant.
Luanching the product, Jean-Philippe Côté, Vice President Programs, De Havilland Canada said:
“As the cargo market continues to grow, our cargo conversion solutions will easily enhance the overall value and extend the already high revenue-generating capabilities of the Dash 8-400 aircraft,”
“De Havilland Canada will offer the three launched cargo conversion solutions through original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Service Bulletins approved by Transport Canada, and we are ready to provide a wide range of OEM support as desired by our operators – from kit installation to on-site support through our global support infrastructure.
“Several built-in attributes of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, including its outstanding airfield accessibility, hot-and-high performance, range up to 1,640 nm and long structural life, position it very well for cargo operations, and its low noise and CO2 emissions mean that it’s also an environmentally responsible choice,”
Embraer and LOT Polish Airlines have signed a contract to renew and expand the Pool Program to support LOT’s fleet of Embraer E-Jets. In the new agreement, LOT will also add seven E-Jets to the original contract, with the Pool now covering a total of 44 aircraft and over 300 components.
Currently, Embraer’s Pool Program supports more than 50 airlines worldwide.
And other things…
Aercap signed a deal with GOL to place six Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters with them.
A quiet Day 1
There was a lot of bluster from some airframers that they had a lot in the bag to announce – but Day 1 of Farnborough 2022 has been comparatively quiet compared to previous years, with a total of 100 firm orders, 30 options and 36 commitments (new trade, not re-announcements).
It’ll be interesting what Day 2 brings.
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