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On Sunday we heard Boeing talk about the “failed” A350 in light of the imminent A330neo’s arrival.  Then on Monday Airbus respond with an announcement of its intent to offer the A330neo, and go announce 105 orders. It also scored a few more A350 orders.

At airshows its expected that these two firms poke fun at each other.  The audience laps it up.

So what’s wrong with the idea of an A330neo anyway?  Turns out that its nothing special; its just an airplane updated with a new wing and engines along with some other technology tweaks.   Just like the 737 MAX, the 777 MAX and the 747-8 MAX.

But for the banter, airshows would be a lot less fun.

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

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