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Monthly Archives: February 2012

[UPDATE – The table and blog updated]

Besides seeing its neo sales continue to grow – perhaps not as fast this year as last – Airbus created a race for the two engine firms.  The stakes are huge. Both CFM and P&W need to build and maintain momentum.   Continue reading

This show follows the usual pattern – orders get announced for maximum media coverage.  And the orders are big. Boeing started with a massive order – it’s biggest ever – Lion Air of Indonesia finalized a firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs. The agreement, first announced last November, includes options for an additional 150 airplanes. Lion is launch customer for the MAX-9. With orders for 230 airplanes valued at $22.4 billion (list prices), the deal is the largest commercial airplane order ever in Boeing’s history by both dollar value and total number of airplanes.

Not to be outdone, Airbus also made an order announcement. ALAFCO Aviation Lease And Finance Company, a Kuwait-based international aircraft leasing company, finalized a purchase order for 35 A320neo Family aircraft bringing its total backlog for the type to 85.  The firm contract is an increase from the previous agreement… Continue reading

EU economic news is playing out with devastating effect among the region’s airlines. Five EU airlines have collapse in the last few months. Air Alps, Czech Connect, Cirrus, Spanair and Malév.

More are at risk – Aer Lingus, TAP and LOT.  State airline support within the EU is waning.  Many of these airlines are old names in the business – Malév was in business for 66 years. Malév said that as its suppliers lost confidence they demanded to be paid in cash. The nature of the airline business is that they run like supermarkets.  They charge for supplies but can never pay cash.  Once suppliers demand cash, no airline can survive for long.

The collapse of these EU airlines offers an opportunity for the arriviste of the industry. Specifically this would be cash-rich airlines in the Gulf clamoring for more EU slot access. If they were… Continue reading

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