Day 3 at Paris was quieter than the previous days, however a number of orders were still placed to strengthen the order books of Boeing and Airbus.
Air Lease signs MOU for 12 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
This morning, US-based aircraft lessor Air Lease signed a memorandum of understanding for 12 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, split between five 737 MAX 7 aircraft and seven 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The MOU is Air Lease’s second order at Paris, adding onto an agreement with Airbus made on Monday for 12 Airbus A321NEOs. Air Lease’s CEO John Plueger stated, “With these additional 12 units, ALC’s growing 737 MAX orderbook now stands at 130 aircraft — and we are placing them rapidly.”
Boeing scores 737 MAX orders from Copa, Donghai, Mauritania, Malaysia and Xiamen
Boeing scored an additional 46 orders for the 737 MAX today, coming from airlines around the world. Mauritania Airlines ordered a single Boeing 737 MAX 8, to be delivered later this year to the airline’s hub in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. According to CEO Mohamed Radhi Bennahi, “The 737 MAX […] is the perfect aircraft for short to medium-haul operations across the Sahel region and Europe, feeding traffic into our hub airport at Nouakchott,” and the 737 MAX 8 will join Mauritania’s fleet of a Boeing 737-800, a Boeing 737-700 and two Boeing 737-500s.
China’s Donghai Airlines and XiamenAir ordered 10 Boeing 737 MAX 10s each, both joining the launch group of customers for the 737 family’s newest announced variant. Donghai Airlines is based in Shenzhen, China, and currently has a fleet of 15 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The order will help support Donghai’s growth plans including the beginning of international flights between 2020 and 2023 and the goal of having a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2025. XiamenAir’s order comes on top of 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s ordered by the airline in 2015.
Copa Airlines converted 15 of its 737 MAX orders to the MAX 10 variant, for “additional flexibility for certain segments of our network,” according to Ahmad Zamany, Copa’s Vice President of Technical Operations. This order for 15 is a part of Copa’s order for 61 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, however the number of aircraft per variant has not been publically announced, besides for the 15 MAX 10s announced today.
Malaysia Airlines announced an order for 10 737 MAX 10s, converting some of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 orders to the longer variant. CEO Peter Bellew stated that, “As competition and our business continue to grow, the superior efficiency and additional capacity of the 737 MAX 10 will allow us to keep differentiating ourselves and offer the best all-inclusive business and economy fares to our loyal passengers.” Malaysia Airlines’ MAX 8 aircraft will be delivered from 2019, with the MAX 10 aircraft to be delivered sometime around then or later.
EL AL orders 3 Boeing 787 Dreamliners ahead of summer introduction
EL AL announced its order of 3 additional 787 Dreamliners today, on top of its existing 6 orders. EL AL’s order comprises of 2 787-8’s and a single 787-9. “Firming up these three 787 Dreamliners that were part of the 787 deal announced in 2015 is an important step in the continuity of our relationship between EL AL and Boeing,” said David Maimon, president and chief executive officer, EL AL Israel Airlines. “The Dreamliner is the most innovative and efficient aircraft ever built and will take EL AL to a new era, providing our passengers with an unparalleled flight experience.”
EL AL is planning to take delivery of its first Dreamliner this August.
Emirates looks towards details, retrofit options for A380plus upgrades
Emirates is the largest operator of Airbus A380 aircraft, with 95 aircraft in the fleet, and another 45 on order. However, with Emirates encountering financial headwinds and growth in the aviation sector, the airline is wary to place more orders for aircraft. However, the airline has looked towards the A380plus for expansion, but at the right price. Emirates is also looking for a retrofit option, however, Airbus is looking to sell new aircraft to ensure the vitality of the A380 program.
CEO Tim Clark spoke about the A380plus order and ongoing negotiations with Airbus on it, saying that, “Airbus says: ‘We’re going to reduce the price – it’s a very good price – we’re going to reduce the escalations per year, we’re going to give you this, this and this’ – and that’s kind of interesting because I know I’ve got ones coming up for retirement.”
Emirates received its first A380 in 2008, and is slated for retirement when its lease ends in 2021. But, the airline is hesitant to commit to the program now, as the A380plus has “too many questions out there which need to be answered. And they need to put these into airlines.”
Hi Fly orders two Airbus A330-200s
Portugal-based Hi Fly, an airline specializing in aircraft wet leasing to airlines around the world, placed its first firm order with Airbus in its history for two Airbus A330-200s. The planes will seat 18 in business, and 256 in economy. Paulo Mirpuri, Chairman and CEO of Hi Fly, said: “This acquisition is part of our strategy to renew our fleet and progressively own all the aircraft we operate. As a loyal Airbus operator we are very much looking forward to the arrival of these new Airbus A330-200s”. Hi Fly has been infamous for the operator of flights for airlines such as Norwegian, while the airline copes with a demanding transatlantic schedule for its small number of capable aircraft.
Wizz Air orders 10 Airbus A321 aircraft
Hungary-based Wizz Air announced orders for 10 Airbus A321CEO aircraft on Wednesday, to be delivered starting in 2018. The aircraft will be fitted with IAE V2500 engines, as the rest of Wizz Air’s Airbus A321CEO aircraft are currently. These orders add to the 110 Airbus A321NEOs that Wizz Air will receive from Airbus starting in 2019.
CEO Jozsef Varadi spoke to the press at the Paris Air Show, stating that the airline’s goal is to have a fleet of 200 aircraft by 2023, and that current annual growth rates are around 23%, equivalent to introducing 15 aircraft each year into service.