LONDON — The business end of the 2014 Farnborough airshow has largely wrapped up by the end of Wednesday.
The first half of the day remained quite busy, especially with Boeing’s blockbuster order for up to 100 777Xs. But after that it wound down awfully fast, with the show grounds almost half empty by the time the last flying display – Boeing’s 787-9 – landed around 4:45pm local time.
We’re pretty sure today is the end of the action for most of the orders, with the exception of Airbus. We think there’s a good chance the manufacturer will go out with a bang tomorrow morning and announce another A330neo order. We could be wrong, but we think there’s a good chance.
On the whole this was Airbus’ show, something we doubt will change in the remaining two days The airframer launched the A330neo and booked a total of up to 398 commitments so far. Boeing trailed in second place with 253, though the two’s totals in terms of valuation are likely much closer than orders totals would make it seem.
This concludes our on-location coverage, though we’ll be flying back home with Bombardier on its CRJ900, so make sure to stay tuned for more photos. Also, while we’re leaving, we’re certainly not done with show coverage. Look for more stories through the rest of this week and into early next week.
4 A350-900, Air Mauritius / MOU
ATR, up to 12:
6+6 ATR 72-600, Myanma Airways / firm + options
Boeing, up to 160:
50+50 777-9X, Qatar Airways / firmed + purchase commitments
4+4 777F, Qatar Airways / firm + options
50 737 MAX 8, Hainan / MOU
2 787-9, MG Aviation / firm
2 737-700C, Air Algerie / firm
Bombardier, up to 20:
2 Q400NG, Nok Air / firm
5 Cseries, UFO / commitments
7+6 Cseries UFO / firm + options
No other orders.