Global commercial aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have each reported hundreds of orders for their airliners at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, in the UK. Boeing announced 673 “orders and commitments” for airliners and freighters, worth (at list prices) $98.4-billion. The group also announced orders and agreements worth $2.1-billion for commercial and defence services. Airbus reported “new business” for 431 aeroplanes, comprising 93 firm orders and 338 memorandums of understanding (MoUs), but did not give a monetary value for these undertakings.
The “commitments” for Airbus were composed of 60 A220-300s, 304 A320-family airliners, 42 A330neos (new-engine options) and 25 A350 XWBs. The A220-300 was previously the Bombardier CS300, part of a small airliner family (the other, smaller, member of which was the CS100, now the A220-100) recently acquired by Airbus. The A320-family aircraft are single-aisle airliners (larger than the A220s), while the A330 and A350 XWB families are wide-body airliners. The 42 commitments for the new A330neo includes both the –800 and –900 models, which was a strong endorsement at the show for this family.
For Boeing, its total included 564 for the next-generation version of its 737 single-aisle airliner, the 737 MAX, of which 110 were for the largest version, the 737 MAX 10. Also within the total were 52 wide-body 787 Dreamliner aircraft, 48 777F wide-body freighters and five 747-8F extra-large freighters, “reflecting continued strengthening in the cargo market globally”, stated the company.
“Boeing led the way at Farnborough, demonstrating value for our customers, capturing important new business in products and services, and announcing the unique strength of our strategic partnership with [Brazilian major aerospace group] Embraer. We also invested in our European communities, and launched our new Boeing NeXt organisation – proving the future is built here, at Boeing,” affirmed group chairperson, president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. “We will continue to win in the marketplace, thanks to our talented team, who innovate across our enterprise with One Boeing collaboration and deliver on our proven portfolio with relentless customer focus.”
On the services side, Boeing concluded a string of contracts with commercial and government, civilian and military customers. They included Antonov (which operates a dedicated airfreight subsidiary, Antonov Airlines), airfreight and charter operator Atlas Air, Blackshape (an Italian designer and manufacturer of two-seat carbon fibre training and sports aircraft), airfreight airline Cargolux, Emirates, EVA Airways, giant aircraft leasing company GECAS, Hawaiian Airlines, International Water Services (which produces antibacterial products for water treatment), Malindo Air, Okay Airlines, Primera Air, WestJet, Xiaman Airlines and the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the US Air Force.
Airbus noted that, during the first half of this year (before Farnborough), it had also won orders for 261 airliners. As a result, its order book for 2018 to date is 752 aircraft, comprising 354 firm orders and 398 MoUs. This comprises 120 A220s, 481 A320-family aircraft, 56 of the A330-family, 75 of the A350-family and 20 A380 Superjumbos.
“Our year-to-date and our end-of-show commitments confirm the strong market appetite for all our leading aircraft product families, from our newest member, the 100-150 seater A220, complemented by our A320 family up to 240 seats, seamlessly connected to our wide-body family with the all-new A330neo and A350 XWB, which range from 250 to 370 seats. At the top end, our A380 is now opening new opportunities for the second-hand market,” averred Airbus chief commercial officer Eric Schulz.