Airbus, Boeing Report October 2017 Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Set to Win 2017 Orders Race – A320neo Deliveries Finally Ramping Up

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On October 20, 2017, China Southern Airlines placed an order for eight 777-300ER widebody jets and 30 737 MAXs. During President Trump’s visit to China in November, Boeing signed an agreement with CASC for 300 commercial jets.  Photo Courtesy China Southern Airlines

Boeing and Airbus delivered 56 and 63 commercial jets in October 2017, respectively, compared to 54 each during the same month last year. This year to date, Boeing has delivered 610 jets (617 at the same time last year), while Airbus has delivered 517 (516). In 2016, Boeing delivered 748 jets (762 in 2015), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 650 jets by handing over 688 jets during 2016 (635 in 2015). Continue reading

Airline Seating Trends: Economy Class Densification, Premium Cabin Retrofits

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

Zodiac Seats

Airlines around the world are moving toward economy seating densification. This doesn’t necessarily mean less comfort for passengers. Rather, it is an effort to decrease weight on the plane (with lighter seats), and to increase the number of passengers that can fly in economy sections. On the flip side, premium seating is going through a renaissance. Operators of mid- and widebody airliners are retrofitting their premium seating to accommodate a growing market demand for luxurious accommodations. Continue reading

Qatar Airways Acquires Stake in Cathay Pacific

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.6 percent stake in Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways for $661 million.  Both carriers are members of the oneworld global airline alliance.  Qatar Airways acquired the stake from Kingboard Chemical Holdings, a Hong Kong investment firm. Continue reading

Emirates Takes Delivery of Its 100th A380 – What Is in Store for the Superjumbo in the Future?

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On November 3, 2017, Emirates celebrated the milestone delivery of its 100th A380 aircraft at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery center in Hamburg. Photo Courtesy Airbus SAS

While the Airbus A380 is a fantastic aircraft for passengers to fly on and an engineering marvel, it is not a secret that the superjumbo has been a major financial disappointment for Airbus. Continue reading

Aerojet Rocketdyne Gets Back on Track

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies and Bill Ostrove, Space Systems

AR1 Booster Engine. Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne

After a difficult few years, Aerojet Rocketdyne is getting back on track.  With its backlog steadily improving, the company has addressed its sales and past difficulties. Continue reading

SpaceX Falcon 9 Positioned as the Most Popular New Launch Vehicle in a Generation

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Carrying Koreasat-5A. Source: Flickr/SpaceX

On October 30, 2017, SpaceX successfully launched the Koreasat-5A satellite from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Falcon 9 delivered the Koreasat-5A to its targeted orbit and the satellite was deployed approximately 36 minutes after liftoff. Continue reading

In-Flight Connectivity Retrofits

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

Gogo AVANCE-L5

Gogo recently announced that its AVANCE L5 has been selected for installation on Falcon and Embraer airframes. The AVANCE L5 offers live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, and use of personal smartphones. Dassault will offer the technology on new-production Falcon 2000S, 2000LXS, 900LX, 5X, 7X, and 8X airframes.  AVANCE L5 will also be available for installation at Dassault-owned service centers. Continue reading

Naval Group Looks to International Growth With Fincantieri Tie-up

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Shortfin Barracuda. Source: Naval Group

As DCNS continues on its restructuring path, the company took another step in this direction and renamed itself Naval Group earlier this year.  The renaming is part of an effort aimed at improving the company’s exposure and recognition in international markets. Continue reading

Light Military Rotorcraft Market to Stabilize Over Long Term

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

Bell UH-1Y

Utilizing data from its innovative Platinum Forecast System® 3.1, Forecast International projects that a total of 1,610 light military rotorcraft will be produced during the 15-year period from 2017 through 2031.  The value of this production is estimated at $22.2 billion in constant 2017 U.S. dollars.  In general, we define a military rotorcraft as light when it has a maximum gross weight of less than 6,804 kilograms (15,000 lb). Continue reading

End of an Epoch

by Stuart Slade, Senior Naval Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Decommissioning of the Almirante Grau
Source: Peruvian Navy

Five hundred years of naval history ended in late September when the world’s last armored, gun-armed cruiser was decommissioned by the Peruvian Navy.  The Navy’s long-time flagship BAP (Buque Armada Peruana) Almirante Grau lowered her flag for the last time after 45 years of service.  With her departure, the world’s last warship designed primarily as a platform for her guns is gone and a line of development stretching back to the 15th century has ended.  The BAP Almirante Grau was replaced as fleet flagship by BAP Montero, a Carvajal class frigate built by Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) and commissioned into the Navy in 1984. Continue reading