Safran Expands with $9.1 Billion Zodiac Aerospace Buy

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

Zodiac Seats

Safran has announced that it will acquire seats manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace for approximately EUR8.5 billion ($9.1 billion).

The new entity will combine Safran’s capabilities in landing gear, wheels and brakes, nacelles, power systems, actuation systems and avionics with Zodiac Aerospace’s positions in seats; cabin interiors; power distribution; lighting; fuel, oxygen and fluid systems; and safety equipment. Zodiac Aerospace’s electrical systems assets will reinforce Safran’s portfolio of technologies and position the group ideally for future developments toward the “more electrical aircraft.”

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Airbus, Boeing Report December and Full-Year 2016 Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

Airbus Delivers 111 Jets in Wild Year-End Rally, Logs 321 Net Orders

Airbus delivered 111 jets in just one month in December in an impressive year-end surge, and also logged 321 net orders, including the long-awaited Iran Air order for 98 jets.
Photo Courtesy Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered 67 and 111 commercial jets in December 2016, respectively, compared to 53 and 79 during the same month last year. For Airbus, this marks an unprecedented dash to the year-end finish line, having been held back by A320neo and A350 supply chain issues. For the full year of 2016, Boeing delivered 748 jets (762 in 2015), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 650-670 jets by handing over 688 jets during the year (635 in 2015). In 2015, Boeing delivered 762 aircraft, ahead of Airbus’ 635. In 2014 and 2013, Boeing delivered a total of 723 and 648 jets, respectively, compared to Airbus’ 629 and 626. Continue reading

Airbus, Boeing – November a Weak Month in Orders Race

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

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Airbus needs to deliver 16 A350-900 jets in December to reach the 2016 target of 50 jets – an impossible feat unless the company has a long line of almost-finished jets stacked up at the final assembly line. Photo Courtesy Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered 64 and 61 commercial jets in November 2016, respectively, compared to 71 and 61 during the same month last year. As of November 30, 2016, Boeing is trailing last year’s delivery figures with 681 commercial jets delivered (709 in 2015), which is in line with company expectations. Airbus has delivered 577 jets to date and is 21 deliveries ahead of November of last year.

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Airbus, Boeing Report October 2016 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On October 27, 2016, Boeing landed an order for 14 747-8 Freighters for UPS. Photo: The Boeing Company

On October 27, 2016, Boeing landed an order for 14 747-8 Freighters for UPS.
Photo: The Boeing Company

Boeing and Airbus each delivered 54 commercial jets in October 2016, compared to 58 and 49 during the same month last year, respectively. As of October 31, 2016, Boeing had delivered 617 commercial jets, trailing 2015’s comparable figure of 638 but in line with company expectations. Airbus, on the other hand, had delivered 516 jets, 21 deliveries ahead of last year. Continue reading

T55 Soldiers On Aboard Venerable CH-47 Chinook

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Boeing CH-47F Chinook

Boeing CH-47F Chinook

When an aviation platform passes 50 years of continuous military service, it joins a prestigious, albeit small, group of aircraft. The group gets significantly smaller when another proviso is added, that of being in current production. The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a member of this elite group, and its august Honeywell T55 gas turbine engine has been with the platform from the beginning. Continue reading

Boeing, Airbus Tied at 380 Net Orders Each – Surge in A320ceo Cancellations

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On September 27, 2016, Boeing booked an order for 25 737 MAX 8 jets for Chinese carrier Donghai Airlines - based in Shenzhen (intent to place order announced at Farnborough International Air Show in July). Photo: The Boeing Company

On September 27, 2016, Boeing booked an order for 25 737 MAX 8 jets for Chinese carrier Donghai Airlines – based in Shenzhen (intent to place order announced at Farnborough International Air Show in July).
Photo: The Boeing Company

Boeing and Airbus delivered 72 and 62 commercial jets in September 2016, compared to 77 and 49 during the same month last year, respectively. As of September 30, 2016, Boeing is trailing last year’s delivery figures with 563 (580 in 2015) commercial jets delivered, which is in line with company expectations. Airbus, on the other hand, has delivered 462 jets to date and is 16 deliveries ahead of last year. Continue reading

F-15 Modernization is Hot Again, but EO and Radar Upgrades Have Been Underway for Years

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle

U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle

The conversation has heated up again: the U.S. Air Force will be modernizing its aging fleet of Boeing F-15s.  Although CNN and Fox have both recently reopened discussion of the topic, this upgrade has been a long time coming and was confirmed to news sources even in advance of one of the aerospace and defense industry’s most prominent coming out parties, July’s Farnborough Air Show.  However, one of the humorous aspects behind the latest wave of news reports (including those this past July) is that information on the F-15 upgrade had been available for a significant amount of time through regular government reporting. Continue reading

Airbus Takes Lead in Orders Race | A321neo Outselling 737 MAX 9 ‘Five to One’

On August 30, 2016, Airbus booked an order for 100 A321neo jets for Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia (order was announced at Farnborough International Air Show in July). Photo Courtesy: Airbus SAS

On August 30, 2016, Airbus booked an order for 100 A321neo jets for Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia (order was announced at Farnborough International Air Show in July).
Photo Courtesy: Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered 59 and 61 commercial jets in August 2016, compared to 64 and 44 in the same month last year, respectively. In 2016, as of August 31, Boeing is trailing last year’s delivery figures with 491 (503 in 2015) commercial jets delivered, which is in line with company expectations. Airbus, on the other hand, has delivered 400 jets to date and is three deliveries ahead of last year. Continue reading

Airbus Beats Boeing at Farnborough – Closes Gap in Orders Race

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On July 13, 2016, Synergy Aerospace (owner of Avianca) placed an order for 62 A320neo jets. Photo Courtesy: Airbus SAS

On July 13, 2016, Synergy Aerospace (owner of Avianca) placed an order for 62 A320neo jets.
Photo Courtesy: Airbus SAS

Airbus comfortably won the orders race at the Farnborough International Air Show with 279 orders and commitments, ahead of Boeing’s 182. Both companies stated they were on track to meet their targets of matching orders with deliveries this year as the industry prepares for a period of flatter growth after the order boom in recent years.

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Weather Fails to Dampen Excitement of Farnborough 2016

By Bill Ostrove, Space Systems and Military Markets Analyst, and Raymond Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

F-35 Hovering Demo. Photo: Bill Ostrove

F-35 hovering against cloud skies at Farnborough. Photo: Bill Ostrove

Although weather caused the 2016 Farnborough Air Show to get off to an inauspicious start, the excitement picked up later in the week. Continue reading