British Airways Airbus A380 at the Paris Air Show. Image from Jason Rabinowitz / Airchive.com.

British Airways Airbus A380 at the Paris Air Show. Image from Jason Rabinowitz / Airchive.com.

Even though the business phase of the Paris Air Show wound down on Thursday, orders and announcements continued at a rapid pace. Airbus and Boeing had a great PAS13 – Airbus had 466 orders and commitments for commercial aircraft and Boeing had 442 total.  Here’s some of what happened since our last update:

  • Ryanair converted previous commitments into a huge order for 175 Boeing 737-800s, adding to the 303 -800s that Ryanair flies. As well, they might be placing an order for the 737 MAX by year-end. Ryanair CEO Ryan O’Leary said that “it wouldn’t be worth doing” if the order wasn’t for at least 200 aircraft.
  • Boeing announced that the 737 MAX’s Entry into Service (EIS) will be the 3rd quarter of 2017, about 6 months earlier than previously expected. Among other details released about the 737 MAX, the flight deck will have 4 large “landscape” displays, and the nose will be 8 inches higher to accommodate the larger fan diameter of it’s advanced LEAP-1B engines.
  • Leasing and finance company, CIT Aerospace, ordered 30 737 MAX 8s.

Antonov AN-70 at the Paris Air Show. Image from Jean-Phi92 / Flickr CC.

Antonov AN-70 at the Paris Air Show. Image from Jean-Phi92 / Flickr CC.

  • Czech charter operator, Travel Services Airlines, ordered 3 737 MAX 8s. They’re already a 737 operator, with 28 aircraft.
  • Oman Air picked up 5 737-900ERs, adding to their current fleet of 17 737 NGs.
  • Adding to the growing A350 orderbook, Air France-KLM ordered 25 A350-900s along with options to double the order.
  • Singapore Airlines finalized their order for 30 A350-900s, and can choose between the -900 and -1000 for an additional 20 options.
  • United Airlines converted 25 previous orders for the A350-900 to the A350-1000, and added 10 more for a total of 35 A350-1000s to update their fleet.
  • SriLankan Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOW) for 6 A330-300s and 4 A350-900s.
  • Spirit Airlines ordered 20 A321s, and converted 10 previous A320 orders to the A321.
  • Leasing company, Hong Kong Aviation Capital, signed an MOU with Airbus for 40 A320neo and 20 A321neo aircraft
  • African-based carrier, Syphax Airlines, signed an MOU to acquire 3 A320neos
  • Horizon Air converted 3 previously-booked options for Bombardier’s DHC-8-402 (Q400) to firm orders.

PAS13 now opens to the public for the weekend. Wish I was there!

This story written by… Howard Slutsken, Correspondent.  

Howard has been an AvGeek since he was a kid, watching TCA Super Connies, Viscounts and early jets at Montreal’s Dorval Airport. He’s a pilot who loves to fly gliders and pretty well anything else with wings. Howard is based in Vancouver, BC.

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