Paris Air Show 2015 civil aviation roundup

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Here are details of commercial orders and announcements made during the Paris Air Show last week.

ATR announced on June 15 that it signed a contract for 8 ATR 42-600 plus 15 options with Japan Air Commuter (JAL), reaching a total of 81 orders including 46 firm ones and 35 options.

ATR announced on June 15 that Binter Canarias ordered 6 additional ATR 72-600, worth $155mn. The aircraft will be delivered from now to 2017. The carrier already purchased 6 in February last year.

On June 15, Garuda Indonesian signed an agreement to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 and 30 B737 MAX airliners worth $10.9bn. The country’s flag carrier also signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the acquisition of 30 A350 XWB worth an estimated $9bn, and confirmed its order of 50 B737 MAX signed in October.

Saudi Arabian confirmed on June 15 it will purchase 20 A330-300 as the launch customer of the airliner’s new version, and 30 additional A320neos. The deal is worth an estimated $8.2bn.

GE Capital Aviation announced on June 15 it has ordered 60 A320neos powered with CFM Leap engines, for an estimated $6.37bn on list prices.

Riyad-based carrier Alpha Star announced on June 15 it is the first company to have ordered the new Airbus ACJ319NEO aircraft. Delivery is expected for Q2 2019.

Qatar Airways announced on June 15 it has ordered 14 new Boeing 777s, out of which 4 in cargo configuration, worth an estimated $4.8bn at list prices.

Eva Air of Taiwan signed on June 15 an agreement for the purchase of 5 Boeing 777F cargo aircraft. The deal is worth $1.5bn.

Swiss, a Lufthansa subsidiary, announced on June 15 it will convert 10 orders for Bombardier CS100s into CS300 aircraft. The 10 aircraft will be delivered in 2017, as part of the 30 CSeries firm orders inked in 2009. The company will be the launch customer of the CS100.

Airbus announced on June 15 that Air Lease Corp ordered 1 A350-900, 1 A321ceo and 3 A320ceo for a total amount of $700mn.

Bombardier announced on June 15 that WestJet Encore ordered 5 Q400 aircraft and confirmed the purchase of 1, for an estimated $200mn.

On June 15, Pratt & Whitney and Azul signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Fleet Management Program for 30 firm Embraer E195-E2 jets plus options for 20 aircraft. Deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2020.

Liebherr Aerospace and Rolls-Royce, on June 16, gave some information about the 50:50 JV they established on June 10. Production will start in the Liebherr’s Freidrichshafen and Biberach plants but may be relocated to a dedicated plant to be built as the production of UltraFan’s gearboxes ramp up.

On June 16, Korean Air signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Boeing for the acquisition of 30 B737 MAX 8 and 9 airliners, as well as 20 options, and 2 B777-300ERs. The B737s are worth an estimated $5.5bn with the options, and the B777s an estimated $660mn.

On June 16, Korean Air signed an agreement with Airbus to purchase up to 50 A321neo, including 30 firm orders and 20 options.

On June 16, Eva Air of Taiwan signed an agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of 4 additional A330-300s, powered with General Electric CF6-80 engines as with the rest of its A330 fleet.

On June 16, Misheng Financial Leasing awarded Boeing a contract for 30 B737s including NextGen and MAX. The company owns around 30 aircraft leased to a dozen carriers.

Chinese low-cost company Ruili Airlines signed an agreement with Boeing on June 16, for the purchase of 30 B737 MAX. The deal, worth $3.2bn, still needs approval from Chinese authorities.

Boeing announced on June 16 it has sold 100 B737 MAX 8 airliners to the Netherlands leasing company AerCap. The deal is worth an estimated $10.7bn.

Dublin-based leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital announced on June 16 that it will order 10 B737 MAX 8 airliners, worth $1.07bn, in addition to the 80 units it purchased last year.

Boeing announced on June 16 that Sriwijaya Air has ordered 2 B737-900ERs along with a Letter of Intent (LoI) for 20 additional aircraft.

Cebu Pacific Air and ATR announced on June 16 they have signed an agreement for the purchase of 16 ATR 72-600s, plus 10 options. The deal is worth an estimated $673mn.

On June 16, Japanese low-cost company Peach Aviation signed a contract with Airbus for the acquisition of 3 A320 aircraft.

Snecma announced on June 16 that it will open 2 new fully-automated assembly lines dedicated to the Leap engine production in Villaroche, France. The investment is worth €5 to 10mn. The company will produce 1,800 engines a year by 2020.

Aeroflot confirmed on June 16 that it cancelled its order for 22 Boeing B787s, exercising its option to terminate the contract. The company is also reviewing its order for 22 Airbus A350s.

LH Aviation sold on June 16 a civil surveillance UAV to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) police forces that will be delivered in July. The company also signed a strategic partnership with DIGINEXT to develop and offer totally integrated interfaced UAV with collaborative information system.

Air Astana announced on June 16 that it has ordered 7 additional A320neo family aircraft including 2 A320neos, 1 A321neo and 4 A321neo LRs. The new aircraft will be leased by Air Lease Corporation and will replace the current 13 A320s of the company. The 1st A320neo is expected to be delivered in 2016 and the other between 2018-2019.

On June 17, Russian cargo company Volga Dnepr signed Letter of Intent (LoI) with Boeing for the purchase of 20 B747-8 cargo aircraft, worth an estimated $7.4bn at listed prices.

On June 17, Boeing announced it signed a contract with Ethiopian airlines for 6 B787-8 Dreamliners. The company already operates 13 Dreamliners.

VietJetAir signed on June 17 an agreement for the purchase of 6 additional A321 aircraft. The carrier operates an all-A320 family fleet.

Airbus signed an agreement with an undisclosed Asian company for the acquisition of 60 A320neo aircraft.

On June 17, Bahamasair signed a firm order with ATR for the purchase of 2 ATR 72-600 aircraft and 3 ATR 42-600s. The regional airliners should be delivered by the end of 2015, according to the company.

Boeing Business Jets announced it sold its first BBJ MAX 9 to an undisclosed European buyer. This is the 5th firm order for the BBJ MAX aircraft family, since 4 BBJ MAX 8 have been sold so far.

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to power 18 Airbus A320neo aircraft with Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.

On June 17, China Eastern Airlines signed a 12-year Fleet Hour Agreement (FHA) with UTC for its 10 V2500-powered Airbus A320ceo aircraft.

Titeflex Aerospace and UTC announced on June 17 they finalized a 10-year supply agreement to support production at UTC’s aerospace businesses.

Bombardier and VistaJet announced on June 17, the expansion of the carrier’s fleet to 50 aircraft. The company will take delivery of a Global 6000 jet by the end of the month. It already operates 21 Global 5000/6000 and 28 Challenger 350/605/850 jets.

On June 17, Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions signed two agreements valued at $10mn with GE Aviation covering material for the overhaul of CF6 and CF34 engines.

Airbus announced on June 17 that an unnamed Asian carrier inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 60 Airbus A320neos.

Airbus and EFW signed an agreement with ST Aerospace on June 17 to jointly (re)launch an A320/321 passenger-to-freighter conversion programme. The conversions will be done in EFW and ST Aero facilities and the 1st converted aircraft will be available to customers in 2018.

Synergy (owner of Avianca Brazil) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 62 Airbus A320neos, Airbus announced on June 17. The airline already operates 38 A320 family aircraft and one Airbus A330 Freighter.

Airbus Defense & Space announced on June 15 it has been selected by OneWeb for the design and production of its 900 microsatellites of less than 150kg. The 1st 10 satellites will be built in France and the rest in a dedicated US plant. The launches are scheduled to begin in early 2018.



Arianespace announced on June 16 that it forecasts 12 launches for 2015, against only 11 last year. In addition the company confirmed that it will be controlled by Airbus Safran Launchers (74%) in the future.