On June 22, Airbus reported that Greece’s biggest airline, Aegean, had firmed up an order for the purchase of 20 A320neo and 10 A321neo jets. The deal follows an earlier MoU signed in March 2018. The order was just one of many sizable Boeing and Airbus bookings in June. Photo: Airbus SAS
Boeing and Airbus delivered 82 and 80 commercial jets in June 2018, respectively, compared to 75 and 64 deliveries during the same month last year. June is traditionally a busy month for deliveries. Of key importance for Airbus, its persistent troubles with insufficient engine deliveries appear to be easing. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016).
Boeing unveiled a mix of aircraft deals on the first day of the Farnborough Air Show. Some of the deals were new, others were previously announced by Boeing without identifying the customer.
The deals included orders for the company’s 737 MAX narrowbody airliner and 777F freighters. So far, we haven’t seen new orders for the 767 or passenger versions of the re-engined 777X. We’re also waiting to see whether the increasing strength in the cargo market will generate new orders for the 747-8F freighter. Continue reading →
Airbus announced large orders for the very popular A320neo narrowbody airliner at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday, along with new orders for the larger A350 XWB widebody. The aircraft manufacturer did not announce any orders for the A330neo widebody or the newly acquired A220 regional/narrowbody jet, but it is still early in the show and those orders could come later in the week.
As usual, the order contest between Airbus and Boeing will take center stage at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. Through the end of June 2018, orders for the two giant manufacturers were somewhat ahead of the pace set in the first six months of 2017. With few or no signs evident of an immediate sales slowdown, the stage is set for another big order haul at the show for Airbus and Boeing. It should be kept in mind, though, that the Farnborough show tends to generate a lower number of order announcements than does the rival Paris Air Show. Continue reading →
Airbus A220-300 is the newest member of the Airbus single-aisle family. Photo: Airbus
Airbus rebadged the Bombardier CSeries jet as the Airbus A220 after taking control of the program on July 1 under a new joint venture between the two manufacturers. The two new models in Airbus’ lineup, the A220-100 and A220-300, were formerly known as the CS100 and CS300, respectively. Continue reading →
On June 12, the U.S. State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale to India of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The contract carries a potential value of $930 million. The contract also covers a host of specialized mission electronics, including the APG-78 Longbow fire control radar and M-TADS/PNVS electro-optical system. Continue reading →
In a move that has altered the commercial aircraft OEM landscape, Airbus has announced a tie-up with Bombardier. As a counter, Boeing is moving to join with Embraer. A teaming between Boeing and Embraer will allow the two firms to better compete against the CSeries, which has been the focus of several trade disputes in both Brazil and the U.S. Continue reading →
F-35C Completes Flyover of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Source: U.S. Navy
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is poised for a boost in 2019, as two U.S. congressional defense panels have signed off on additional aircraft for the Department of Defense. Precisely how many additional aircraft each service will receive must be ironed out in conference committee. This plus-up contrasts with the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, both of which expressed concern about the F-35 production ramp-up. Continue reading →
An F-35 fighter jet on display at a roll-out ceremony for Turkey’s F-35s. Photo: Beth Steel/Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin formally delivered Turkey’s first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters on June 21. However, the milestone occurred amidst various moves within the U.S. Congress aimed at blocking further deliveries of the new fighter to that country.
Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)
In a move designed to disrupt the military space establishment, President Donald Trump called for the creation of the Space Force as a “separate but equal” branch of the U.S. military. While Trump has mentioned the creation of a Space Force previously, the June 18, 2018, announcement came as a surprise. The Department of Defense and the White House both opposed earlier congressional plans to separate space operations from the rest of the Air Force. Continue reading →