Today, the 53rd Paris Air Show commenced at Paris – Le Bourget Airport. Together with the Farnborough Airshow, the Paris Air Show is one of the largest airshows in the world. All parts of the aviation industry are present at the airshow, and countless deals are signed each year at the show. Leasing
The first day of the airshow began with a few announcements from Air Lease Corporation, which announced several leasing deals. LOT Polish Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will lease one Boeing 787-9 and one Boeing 787-10, respectively. Meanwhile, Sichuan Airlines will lease 10 Airbus A321neo aircraft and Groupe Dubreuil, parent company of Air Caraïbes and French Bee, will lease three Airbus A350-900s and one larger Airbus A350-1000. Airbus
After day one of the airshow, Airbus has taken an early lead in the airshow. The manufacturer began the airshow by launching the Airbus A321XLR. The newest version of the updated Airbus A321neo family is currently the longest-range narrow-body aircraft. The manufacturer’s first show order was announced immediately after the new aircraft’s launch. Airbus and Air Lease Corporation signed a Letter of Intent for 100 Airbus aircraft. The deal includes the purchase of 50 A220-300s, 22 A321neos, and 27 A321XLR aircraft. Virgin Atlantic has also selected the French manufacturer to replace its current Airbus A330 fleet. The British airline will receive 14 Airbus A330-900s, with options on a further six aircaft. Soon after, the new A321XLR received its second order, as Lebanese flag carrier Middle East Airlines placed an order for up to four examples of the plane. Boeing
Compared to rival Airbus, Boeing had a quieter start to the airshow. The American manufacturer started the airshow with announcing that it will not launch its NMA aircraft during the airshow. Leasing company GECAS placed an order for 10 Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighters, with an option for 15 additional aircraft. More unique was the deal the manufacturer signed with the International Airlines Group (IAG). Both parties signed an agreement that will provide key services for British Airways. With the agreement, Boeing will own, manage and maintain a global exchange inventory of parts for British Airways’ A320 and A320neo aircraft, built by competitor Airbus. Embraer
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer started the show with an order for United Airlines for 20 E175 regional jets, with options for an additional 19 examples. In Summary Airbus announces Airbus A321XLR Air Lease Corporation places firm order for 100 Airbus narrow-body aircraft. Virgin Atlantic selects 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft to replace Airbus A330 fleet. MEA places firm order for up to four Airbus A321XLR. GECAS orders 10 Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft, with 15 options. Boeing and IAG sign component services agreement to support A320 aircraft. United Airlines orders 20 Embraer E175 aircraft, with 19 options.