As Fighter Pressures Mount, Bulgaria Seeks Offer from Boeing for Super Hornet

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

F/A-18 Super Hornet

As Bulgaria prepares to relaunch a tender seeking new combat aircraft to replace its Air Force’s small inventory of 1980s-vintage MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters, Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov has indicated via state-run radio that his ministry will be requesting an offer from Boeing for its F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighter. 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

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