Update, 8:30 PDT: If anyone thought Airbus’ John Leahy doesn’t have some orders up his sleeve, get a gander at this from Reuters:
Airbus sales chief John Leahy was in typically combative and upbeat form: “The party’s over?. Why, it’s only the second day of the show, for heavens’ sake,” he said of suggestions orders were drying up. “We’ll have some important announcements.
Another reason we’re glad we didn’t waste our time and money going this year: a dearth of activity.
- Bombardier: Air Baltic signs LOI fo 10+10 CS300s, replacing its Boeing 737 Classic fleet. Delivery from 1Q15. This delivery date is interesting; BBD had said the line was sold out to 2016.
- Airbus: Cathay Pacific ordered 10 A350-1000s and converted 16 A350-900s to -1000s. It still has 20 A350-900s on order from a previous deal. Airbus also booked one order for an A319/Sharklets from Drukair of Bhutan.
- Boeing: Widely anticipated, GECAS announced that it is committed to 75 737-8 MAXs plus 25 -800s. The deal has to be confirmed into an order. This sort of falls into the so-what category; GECAS was one of the 1,000 “orders and commitments” and this is simply a public announcement of its previous “commitment.” This is not a firm order. Since sister company CFM makes the engines, a deal from GECAS was an eventual certainty. ALAFCO announced a “commitment” to 20 MAX 8s. We believe this is a new commitment, not part of the previously announced 1,000, but we’re not sure. It appears so since Boeing now lists the customers at 17.
- Pratt & Whitney: BOC Aviation selected the IAE V2500 for more A320 family members. JetStar selected the IAE V2500 for 32 A320s.
- Superjet: Interjet orders fives more SSJ100s.
Perhaps the biggest news: Boeing finally has released the weights and ranges of the MAX. From the Boeing press release:
Comparative* maximum take off weights and range limits for the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX:
|MTOW (lb)||Range (nmi)||Two-class seating|
|737 MAX 7||159,400||3,800||126|
|737 MAX 8||181,200||3,620||162|
|737 MAX 9||194,700||3,595||180|
*Next-Generation 737 values are calculated with Blended Winglets. Typical mission rules, two-class seating applies.