Well day two of the Paris Airshow has been and gone, so lets look at the big stories of the show today
Boeing takes top billing as it confirms it will launch the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
Image – The Boeing Company
This aircraft is a double stretch from the baseline 787-8 currently in service. This aircraft has range of up to to 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) and seating for 300-330 passengers (subject to configuration of the aircraft by the customer)
The good news for Boeing is that there is confidence in the design as 102 787-10 frames are on the books, split down the following lines:
- 30 for Air Lease Corporation,
- 10 for GE Capital Aviation Services
- 12 International Airlines Group for British Airways/ British Airways, (subject to shareholder approval);
- 30 for Singapore Airlines
- 20 for United Airlines
These aircraft will be powered wither by General Electric GEnx-1B or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-10 engines. Entry into service is around 2018.
Meanwhile, the orders keep on rolling in
Air Lease has added an extra 3 Boeing 787-9‘s to its rosters, increasing its fleet to lease.
Korean Air is to add further to its 747-8 orders, with order for five of the re-imaged jumbo jet. In addition, the airline has ordered six Boeing 777-300ER’s.
EasyJet have ordered 135 aircraft with 100 options – a total of 235 Airbus A320′s in different configurations. 35 of them will be Airbus A320ceo’s (current engine option), featuring sharklets on them, whilst the other firm 100 will be A320neo aircraft (new engine option)
Syphax Airlines (of Tunisia) is also extending its narrowbody fleet, with orders for 3 A320ceo’s and 3 A320neo‘s
Nordic Aviation Capital (a Danish Aircraft lessor) will be adding a lot of ATR TurboProp aircraft to its rosters, with orders for 30 ATR72-600, five ATR42-600′s, with options for 35 other aircraft and purchase rights for 20 – a total if fully exercised of 90 Turboprop aircraft.
Conviasa Airlines have added seven more Embraer E-190 aircraft to its order books – bringing a total of 13 aircraft of that type on order with the airline. The seven were excised options from the original contract.
Horizon Air has also exercised its purchase rights for three additional Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft.
And that’s your lot for today. If Airbus and Embraer took the lions share yesterday, Boeing fought back and won in style with the launch of its new version of the 787 Dreamliner.
I still get this nagging feeling that there are more orders to come – and tomorrow, I’ll post who’s ordered what as the jamboree that is the Paris Air Show continues…