Boeing starts air show with order for jets worth $4.7B

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2018

"We continue to see the aerospace market grow very strongly", said Muilenberg.

Dominating that tally is a five percent increase in the forecast for single-aisle aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families, underpinned by a prediction for average global traffic growth of 4.7 percent, unchanged from past year. Boeing comes to Farnborough with high hopes Boeing landed a deal with cargo carrier DHL for 14 Boeing 777 freighters and options for more that would be worth $4.7 billion at list prices, according to Flightglobal. The A350-900 carries a tag of $317.4 million apiece, valuing the mainland carrier's order at $3.2 billion.

Airbus and Boeing are undergoing an unprecedented order boom for single-aisle aircraft driven by fuel-saving planes and growth in air travel, especially in Asia. "We think we've always had a good, compelling story for the Super Hornet internationally and Block III just enhances that", said Dan Gillian, vice-president of F/A-18 and EA-18G programmes.

Mrs May will also announce £343 million in additional research and development funding, including investment in new "cleaner and greener" electric aircraft technology.

Airbus announced a mix of orders - some firm, some promised - that would be worth tens of billions of dollars at list prices.

The agreement was announced at the Farnborough International Airshow now being held in the United Kingdom, a leading industry event that is expected to provide the platform for a number of similar announcements over the course of the coming week.

"I am delighted to be further enhancing our cargo fleet and adding five Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft", said Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.

Taiwanese startup StarLux Airlines said it is buying 12 A350-1000 aircraft and five of the smaller A350-900s in a deal valued at $6 billion at list prices that exclude customary discounts.

Airbus also confirmed that China's Sichuan Airlines has ordered 10 A350-900s for its long haul global routes.

Airbus also announced the signature of an MOU with a leading global lessor for 80 A320neo Family aircraft. The year before, floods forced Farnborough to close early on its first day, delaying announcements.

Africa's biggest airline had been looking at Bombardier's C Series aircraft - since taken over by Airbus SE and renamed the A220 - together with Embraer's E195.

Boeing's Tinseth said Airbus sought to show it was winning a sizable share of the aircraft market. A purchase of more of the US company's current-generation 777s or the 787 Dreamliner remains an alternative, he said.

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