FARNBOROUGH — As we approach our last day of coverage for Farnborough with Airways, we look at what this slow Day 3 has held for the airshow.
We will be covering the last day of trading tomorrow but we will not be present at the airshow.
Boeing’s order of the day was from VietJet with a Memorandum of Understanding for 100 737MAXs, 80 of them being MAX10s and 20 of them being MAX8s.
The list prices for the order was around $12.7 billion in total.
Madam Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo, President and CEO of VietJet, commented: “We are excited to introduce Boeing’s newest 737 MAX 10 into our rapidly growing fleet.”
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“These new airplanes will fit perfectly into our growth strategy, providing the efficiency and range for VietJet to expand its route network and offer more international destinations for our customers and expand alliances across the Asia Pacific, the fastest growing aviation market in the world,” he added.
Additionally, Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, shared:
“We are honored to deepen our strong partnership with VietJet as they become our newest 737 MAX 10 customer.”
“Today’s agreement for a repeat order from VietJet validates the best-in-class capabilities of the 737 MAX family of airplanes.”
“With this agreement, we take another major step in growing our partnership with VietJet, one that continues to contribute to the trade relationship between Vietnam and the United States.”
“This agreement also grows Boeing’s presence and partnerships across the Asia Pacific, developing win-win partnerships in a region with tremendous development potential,” he concluded.
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Though it was a big order, it was the only one disclosed from Boeing.
The conference was subsequently delayed from 9:30-11:30 for an unknown reason, maybe just to smooth over the order before the announcement.
All-in-all, the order helps the MAX 10 program in particular and the MAX program overall.
Boeing also unveiled four undisclosed orders which provided a total of 93 737MAX aircraft sold in total for over $11 billion in list prices.
It will be interesting to see who the four undisclosed customers are and when they will be announced respectively.
For Airbus, this is just as slow for them but featuring fewer units sold.
The A330neo got a mention today by Airbus, but yet again with the undisclosed customer buying around six units of the aircraft type.
Airbus did not release any more information other than that so it is yet again another question of who ordered the aircraft and when it will be announced.
Airbus also received notification from Viva Aerobus that they have firmed up on 25 A321neos as well as upconverting 16 A320neo orders for A321neo orders.
This is making it an even stronger commitment to the A321 programme even further which is probably due to the airline needing more seats per aircraft.
But for deliveries, easyJet celebrated the first A321neo out of 30 ordered to be delivered at the airshow also. The aircraft flew from London Gatwick to Farnborough.
The A321neo delivery is the 308th Airbus aircraft in easyJet’s fleet and they currently operate 10 A320neo family aircraft from an order for 130 respectively.
No list price was confirmed but the aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce’s Trent 7000 engines.
Hokkaido Air System has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ATR Aircraft for two 42-600 aircraft, with the option for one more additional unit of the type.
The airline will be operating these aircraft from 2020 and will replace the carrier’s fleet of Saab 340s.
Colombian carrier EasyFly signing a Memorandum of Understanding for five ATR -600 series aircraft, three of which are the ATR72 and two of which being the 42.
EasyFly became an ATR operator in 2014 when they began to replace their fleet of Jetstream 41s.
The new 72-600s will aim to serve point-to-point operations from the city of Bucaramanga, a city that has one of the fastest developing economies in Columbia.
Bombardier recorded an order today with Uganda National Airlines for four CRJ900s, valued at $190 million respectively.
The CRJ900s will have a dual-class configuration offering 76 seats, including 12 First Class seats. 21 operators currently operate 58 CRJ Series aircraft across Africa.
With this order, Bombardier has recorded around 1,957 firm orders for the regional jets.
“We congratulate the Government of Uganda for the revival of its national flag carrier, and are thrilled that the new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets for its upcoming debut,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“Recognized for its superior economics and efficiency, the CRJ Series aircraft have enabled airlines worldwide to serve communities with better connectivity, and we look forward to supporting the development of Uganda’s regional air travel with these CRJ900 regional jets,” he added.
Ephraim Bagenda, CEO of Uganda National Airlines, said:
“We are delighted to have ordered the world’s leading regional jet, and we look forward to providing the most modern passenger experience in regional aviation to the people of Uganda and across Africa.”
“As we were establishing Entebbe as a strong hub in East Africa and building more connectivity in Africa, we thoroughly reviewed our needs.”
“With its proven track record in Africa and other regions of the world, we are confident that the CRJ900 aircraft will help us succeed.”
The carrier is to become the first operator of the new CRJ Series ATMOSPHERE cabin in Africa.
It has been a very slow day today here at Farnborough and it was expected, given the $95.5 billion worth of orders announced in the first two days of trading.
We can probably expect the same tomorrow with the manufacturers tying up loose ends with airlines.
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The main highlight was from Boeing and VietJet, which is a doubled up commitment to the MAX program.
We can only see what will happen tomorrow. Stay tuned for exclusive behind the scenes and further news for the final day of trading tomorrow.