Airbus, Boeing Report November 2017 Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Adds to Orders Lead as Airbus Gears Up for December Shipments Surge

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

On November 19, 2017, Boeing and Ireland-based leasing firm Avolon finalized a deal for 75 737 MAX jets. The deal was originally announced as an MoU at Paris Air Show 2017 and includes firm orders for 55 737 MAX 8s and 20 737 MAX 10s, and options for another 20 737 MAX 8s. Photo Courtesy The Boeing Co.

Boeing and Airbus delivered 70 and 74 commercial jets in November 2017, respectively, compared to 64 and 61 during the same month last year. This year to date, Boeing has delivered 680 jets (681 at same time last year), while Airbus has delivered 591 jets (577). 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

COMAC Leading the Way for China’s Aerospace Ambitions

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

CR929 model. Source: COMACCOMAC, and its former parent, AVIC, have worked hand in glove on two of China’s premier aircraft programs, the C919 narrowbody airliner and the ARJ21 regional jet. More recently, COMAC partnered with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) on a new airliner, the CR929. Continue reading

Recent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Retrofits

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

Special Mission King Air 350ER. Source: Textron Aviation

GDC Middle East was recently awarded a contract by Sierra Nevada Corporation to upgrade two King Air 350 aircraft to Special Mission (ISR) aircraft. The two King Air 350s will receive radar, secure communications, datalinks, and optical sensors as part of the upgrade. Further modifications will be made to the aircrafts’ cabins, wiring harnesses, and cockpits.

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Status Quo for World General Aviation Aircraft Deliveries in Q3 2017

U.S. Manufacturers Deliver 377 Aircraft – Down 6 Units from Q3 2016

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

Cessna delivered 29 units of its popular Grand Caravan EX turboprop in the third quarter of 2017, up from 22 in Q3 2016.  Photo: Textron Aviation

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the third quarter of 2017 showed mixed results for the industry, but with some bright spots. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 531 aircraft worldwide in Q3 2017, down 1.1 percent from 537 in Q3 16. Revenues declined 0.9 percent to $4.1 billion, driven by lower revenues at Bombardier and Embraer. Continue reading

Business Jet Market Recovery On the Horizon

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace AnalystForecast International.

Gulfstream G650

Gulfstream G650

Data from Forecast International’s innovative Platinum Forecast System® 3.1 show that a total of 12,282 business jets will be produced during the 15-year period from 2017 through 2031.  We estimate the value of this production at $354 billion in 2017 U.S. dollars. Continue reading

Dubai Airshow Recap – A Tale of Major Commitments and One Deal that Failed

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

Both Airbus and Boeing had a strong Dubai Airshow. On November 15, 2017, Indigo Partners and Airbus signed an MoU for 430 A320neo family aircraft. Although not a firm order, this constitutes an important vote of confidence in a platform that has been dogged by engine supply issues. Photo Courtesy Airbus SAS

Airbus and Boeing took the headlines at the 2017 Dubai Airshow with a slew of orders and commitments.  In the weeks leading up to the air show, the high point was expected to be a new Emirates order for 36 A380 superjumbos, but instead the newsflow out of Dubai was dominated by massive commitments for both manufacturers’ new families of narrowbody jets. As the doors closed on Thursday of last week, total orders amounted to nearly $114 billion at list prices. According to the organizers, trade visitors were up 20 percent over the 2015 event, and almost 80,000 people visited the show during its five-day run. For Airbus and Boeing, the final score in Dubai was 510 and 296 orders and commitments, respectively. Continue reading

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

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

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