Norwegian Air Shuttle has converted its “commitment” for 100 Airbus A320neos to a firm order, Airbus announced on Friday. The new aircraft, scheduled to enter service in 2015, will feature a single-class cabin layout seating some 180 passengers. A new customer for Airbus, Norwegian now operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800s and -300s. It plans to retire all its 737-300s this year.
Airlines continue to defy the notion of austerity during economic hard times, as Boeing and Airbus collect a bounty of orders during a record spending spree for narrowbody airplanes.
Boeing confirmed today that Air France-KLM Group has placed a firm order for twenty-five 787-9 Dreamliners, along with options. The sides signed the contract in late December 2011 and Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website listed it as an order from an unidentified customer.
Emirates Airline made history at the Dubai Air Show yesterday in placing the largest single order ever for Boeing commercial airplanes, signing for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs and reserving options on another 20 of the long-range widebodies.
Boeing and Emirates Airlines announced at the Dubai Air Show today the airline’s order for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs and options for an additional 20 aircraft. The order is valued at $18 billion, making it, by dollar value, the single largest commercial airplane order in Boeing’s history.
Boeing and Delta Air Lines today announced an order for 100 B737-900ERs worth $8.5 billion at list prices. The order was placed as part of Delta’s fleet renewal effort to replace Airbus A320s acquired from its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines, as well as older Boeing 757s and 767s.
Emirates Airline has announced it will open an engine overhaul shop slated to complement its test cell in Dubai. The $120 million facility will be located on approximately 22.3 acres of land. Emirates plans to break ground by next year’s first quarter, with the facility expected to begin service by the fourth quarter of 2014.
Organizers of the 2011 Paris Air Show (June 20-26) promised a feel-good factor that would leave the aerospace industry in no doubt that the long-awaited recovery has kicked in. They kept their word, and then some, with wave upon wave of new airliner orders and the associated new business in engines, equipment and support packages.
The 2011 Paris Air Show currently under way has smiled on many manufacturers but on none so benevolently as Airbus, which set a record for the number of new airplane orders announced at any airshow ever: 730 aircraft from 16 customers worth $72.2 billion. The commitments comprise firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft worth $44 billion and MOUs for another 312 aircraft worth $28.2 billion.
The first Korean Air A380 took to the skies today for the start of a final phase of flight and ground tests at Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany, where the aircraft has undergone painting and full cabin furnishing. Plans call for Airbus personnel to test all cabin systems, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment, during the upcoming program of flights.