Airbus in Mobile: We doubt Boeing is really Sleepless in Seattle but this piece is pretty amusing.
Take that, Part 1: Boeing continues to whine about WTO.
Take that, Part 2: So’s your Old Man.
Here are a few final thoughts in advance of the Farnborough Air Show:
- It will still be Boeing’s show, with MAX orders or MOUs or Commitments or Love Letters amounting to the hundreds. Look for Air Lease Corp, GECAS, Aeromexico, perhaps some Chinese companies and others to announce.
- Airbus’ John Leahy has been tamping down expectations all year but Mr. Showman doesn’t like to be left standing on the sidelines. While you’re watching Boeing’s left hand, don’t be surprised if Leahy pulls a rabbit out of the hat with Airbus’ right hand and ends the show with several hundred orders of his own.
- Yes, we predict the Airbus-Boeing sniping will continue. And the sun will rise in the East and set in the West.
- Embraer isn’t even holding a press briefing. So we don’t expect much out of them this year.
- Bombardier may or may not have CSeries orders to announce. The market doesn’t expect (m)any, concluding that the countdown to first flight is what will begin bringing in orders.
- No new program announcements from Boeing (ie, nothing new on 787-10 or 777X). No announcement from Airbus, either, on A350 program developments or the prospect of a long-range, upgraded A330-300 (we think this could come at FAS but just as likely could be later in the year).
- No 90-seat turbo-prop from anyone.
- This is now Ray Conner’s coming out party as the new (and unexpected) CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Based on our limited contact with Conner, he’s not as affable as the departed Jim Albaugh. It will be interesting to see how aggressively engaging he is with Boeing’s nemesis, Leahy.