Ernest S. Arvai
Activity slowed at FAS, as it typically does by the third day of an air show, but there was good transaction volume for the major players.
Airbus had an MOU for 6 A350-900s for Air Mauritius, breaking the dry spell for the A350. This is for four orders and two leased aircraft. Qatar will be seeking compensation for the A380 delivery delay.
ATR received an order from Myanma Airlines for 6+6 ATR-72-600s.
Boeing received confirmation of the 50+50 Qatar 777-9 MOU placed at Dubai, converting 50 to firm. Qatar also announced the intent to order four 777F, with options for an additional four. They also announced an order for two 787-9 from MG Aviation (a leasing company, operators of Arkia Israeli airlines), bringing their total to four. Hainan Airways announced a commitment for 50 737MAX8s. This brings the MAX total to 2,100 orders to date. (By comparison, the A320neo is… Continue reading
Day Two at Farnborough continued with additional announcements of new orders from the major industry players, as well as briefings by senior executives. We’ve captured some interesting interviews today that will be posted as they are processed and uploaded from an internet connection that is a bit slower than we’re accustomed to. Please bear with us on while we’re on the road. Continue reading
Mark Pearman Wright is Head of Corporate & Investor Marketing – Customer Affairs at Airbus, and comments on the A330neo and A350 economics vis-a-vis Boeing 787.
Canada’s WestJet announced, in a briefing to its pilots, that it is planning to acquire wide-body aircraft and begin flying internationally in 2015. The carrier currently wet-leases Boeing 757s from Thomas Cook for Hawaii operations, and those contracts expire next year. The company wants to have a contract with its pilots in place before moving forward to be certain of its cost structure prior to expansion.