AirAsia placed a record order at the Paris Air Show with a record for 200 revamped A320neo jets plus 100 options in a deal worth $18.2 billion. The deal wraps up a busy week at the world’s biggest air show, led by a raft of giant orders from Asian low-cost carriers.
Boeing and Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded ‘Norwegian’, have announced an order for 15 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes at the international 2011 Paris Air Show. The order, valued at $1.2 billion at list prices, brings the total number of 737-800s Norwegian has ordered direct from Boeing to 78.
All Nippon Airways, Japan’s largest airline and the launch customer for the Boeing 787, has said it expects delivery of the revolutionary jet in August or September. The carrier also unveiled its new livery for the Dreamliner on Wednesday at the Paris Air Show.
Airbus is set to announce a record $16 billion plane order at the Paris Air Show. Indian budget carrier IndiGo is to purchase 180 A320neo jets, the European plane maker’s top-selling single-aisle aircraft. The healthy demand from buyers at the world’s biggest air show has provided evidence that civil aviation recovery is underway, powered by Asia. High fuel prices are also forcing a shift to buy fuel-efficient aircraft
SAS has signed a firm order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft, as part of its strategy to streamline its fleet with more fuel-efficient new aircraft. These new A320neos will join the airline’s existing fleet of eight A321s and four A319s, and enable SAS to transition to an all-Airbus fleet at its prime Copenhagen base.
Saudi Arabian Airlines has placed a firm order for four additional A330-300 aircraft with Airbus, in addition to the eight ordered in July 2008, taking the total order for the type to 12. Saudi Arabia’s national airline was earlier this year nominated as the Middle East’s Leading Airline by the prestigious World Travel Awards.
Air Lease Corporation has opted to expand its single-aisle and wide-body fleet portfolio with modern, eco-efficient Airbus aircraft. The deal follows a similar link up with Boeing announced yesterday for the Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company.
A new cargo airplane designed by Boeing will make its international debut at Paris today after the first transatlantic flight of a commercial aircraft powered by sustainable aviation fuel. The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed at Paris Le Bourget Airport earlier, piloted by Capt. Keith Otsuka and Capt. Rick Braun and Cargolux Capt. Sten Rossby.
Cebu Pacific has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with European aviation giant Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neo aircraft.
American aviation giant Boeing has announced a series of deals on the first day of the Paris Air Show. Among the headline grabbing contracts were deals with World Travel Awards winner Qatar Airways, as well as secret commitments for 17 747-8 Intercontinentals.
EADS, the parent company of Airbus, is to unveil plans for a “hypersonic” plane that can fly twice the speed of Concorde on biofuel made from seaweed. The 3,125 mph jet will transport up to 100 passengers at more than four times the speed of sound, and fly from Paris to New York in under 90 minutes. Tests could start by 2020.
Air Lease Corporation has confirmed it will purchase up to 33 airplanes from aviation giant Boeing at the Paris Air Show. The agreement calls for 14 firm orders and four options for Next-Generation 737-800s, as well as five 777-300ERs (Extended Range) and four 787-9 Dreamliners.