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 â€“ Airbus had 466 orders and commitments for commercial aircraft and Boeing had 442 total. Â Hereâ€™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 Oâ€™Leary said that â€œit wouldnâ€™t be worth doingâ€ if the order wasnâ€™t for at least 200 aircraft.
- Boeing announced that the 737 MAXâ€™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 â€œlandscapeâ€ displays, and the nose will be 8 inches higher to accommodate the larger fan diameter of itâ€™s advanced LEAP-1B engines.
- Leasing and finance company, CIT Aerospace, ordered 30 737 MAX 8s.
- Czech charter operator, Travel Services Airlines, ordered 3 737 MAX 8s. Theyâ€™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 Bombardierâ€™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…Â Howard Slutsken, Correspondent. Â |
Howard has been an AvGeek since he was a kid, watching TCA Super Connies, Viscounts and early jets at Montrealâ€™s Dorval Airport. Heâ€™s a pilot who loves to fly gliders and pretty well anything else with wings. Howard is based in Vancouver, BC.