Archive For June 29, 2011

India’s Aviation Ambitions

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Last week’s Paris show saw Indian airlines accounting for a third of orders. This is a $23bn bet on the future of an industry that suffers from state meddling and support for a dinosaur national airline. Taking such a big bet is very brave. India does not have the ability to handle all these planes. …

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The War of Words

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At the Paris show there were a seeming unending flow of words via PR releases that battled for media attention.  Given the retail price of the equipment on sale, the stakes were high. But not necessarily as high as some of the egos. But that’s another story. If there is one series of PR that…

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Another “Unannounced” Customer for CSeries

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Another “Unannounced” Customer for CSeries






Bombardier today announced an order for 10 aircraft from an unidentifed European customer for the CSeries.  This order is for 10 CS100 models, the smaller of the two variants that will enter service in 2013.  This is the eighth customer for the CSeries, three of whom remain unannounced.  As Bombardier identified this customer as being…

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Running down the Other Guy

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It’s an age-old technique in aviation: running down the Other Guy’s product. Airbus and Boeing have done it for as long as we can remember, and now Bombardier is the target of both companies because the Canadian firm has the temerity to offer a product the threatens the duopoly. The corporate sniping gets tiresome. Related posts:…

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Airbus vs “B”–and it’s not Boeing

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John Leahy couldn’t be prouder, and he has every right to be. It’s his best air show order tally ever, and he’s been in selling Airbus airplanes for more than 20 years. Throughout the 20 years, it’s been one constant verbal battle between Airbus and  Boeing. And to be sure, this continues unabated, with as…

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Another thought on the 737

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Another thought on the 737






At the Paris show, which is now in its final business day, we can expect Team Airbus to roll out their biggest deals.  We have been hearing of a blockbuster AirAsia deal for 200 neos plus 100 options.  Until its announced it is just a rumor.  But other sources triangulate to make us feel confident…

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