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 →
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 →
On May 17 it was reported that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), one of the world’s largest aircraft lessors, is in talks to buy a total of 400 jets from Airbus and Boeing. The government-controlled firm is interested in buying narrowbody Airbus A320neos and Boeing 737 MAXs. Photo: The Boeing Co
Boeing and Airbus delivered 68 and 51 commercial jets in May 2018, respectively, compared to 56 and 60 deliveries during the same month last year. May is traditionally an average month for deliveries. For Airbus, it was another disappointing month dogged by insufficient engine deliveries as suppliers Pratt & Whitney and General Electric struggle to keep up with demand. 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).
K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer. Source: Hanwha Land Systems
With a number of aerospace- and defense-related acquisitions now in its portfolio, Hanwha has begun restructuring itself to better serve these markets. This latest effort marks the company’s return to its defense-related roots, echoing its formation during the Korean War as a gunpowder producer. Continue reading →
The last decade has seen the promise of a new generation of naval weapons and sensors. The development of railguns and lasers has caused these weapons to slowly emerge from the pages of fiction and become an impending if not quite fully realized reality. They are directed by equally new generations of active-array radars that provide a level of range and target discrimination that enables the long-sought defense against ballistic missile attack. These new systems have a major factor in common: they are all voracious consumers of electrical power. Continue reading →
Is there a way, especially in the United States, to harness wind power without encountering the many downsides associated with doing so? To answer that question, one must look elsewhere in the world. Continue reading →