Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders told investment analysts on Wednesday that he doesn’t see an impending end to the upward cycle in demand for airliners despite the spate of order cancellations Airbus’s civil division suffered during the first half of the year.
Despite the torrential rain at Le Bourget yesterday, Airbus and Boeing both notched up some key commitments. While the latter edged closer to being able to launch the 787-10X, with interest from Gecas, its rival across the Atlantic also courted the world’s leading lessors, with ILFC ordering even more A320neos; and Doric placing an order for A380s.
The first Boeing 787 landed early Wednesday morning at Tokyo Haneda Airport carrying All Nippon Airways CEO Shinichiro Ito, following his appearance at the September 26 first delivery ceremony in Everett, Wash.
Japan’s Skymark Airlines converted a memorandum of understanding for four Airbus A380s to a firm order yesterday, officially marking the first sale of the superjumbo to a Japanese airline.
Boeing joined in the sales action yesterday at the Paris Air Show when MC Aviation Partners (MCAP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., finalized an order for two Next-Generation 737-800s valued at $153 million at list prices. The order marks MCAP’s first direct purchase of airplanes from Boeing.