Paris certainly positive for major aerospace companies
June 25, 2013, Paris, Fra. - The week-long 50th Paris Air Show 2013 held at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre in France came to a close on June 23, bringing in billions of dollars worth of business to major aerospace industry firms.
Airbus has announced that it has achieved $68.7 billion worth new orders and commitments for 466 aircraft, including $29.4 billion MoUs for 225 aircraft and $39.3 billion firm purchase orders for 241 aircraft.
The manufacturer's A320 single-aisle family alone has sealed 371 orders and commitments worth $37.8 billion from six customers, including orders from Easyjet for 135, and from Lufthansa for 100.
The A350 XWB, which went on its maiden flight on June 14, won 69 orders and commitments worth $21.4 billion, while the A380 received $8 billion commitment for 20 aircraft from Doric Lease Corp.
Airbus customers chief operating officer John Leahy said: "Our A350 XWB has been out-selling the 787 by better than two-to-one over the last five years. In addition our A320neo family retains a 60 per cent market share lead. That's a 'corner' I want to stay boxed into."
Meanwhile, Boeing signed orders and commitments worth $66 billion for 442 aeroplanes including the Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX, 787, 777 and 747-8, as well as launched its latest 787-10 Dreamliner model with 102 orders and commitments from five customers, Air Lease Corporation (30), GE Capital Aviation Services (ten), International Airlines Group/British Airways (12), Singapore Airlines (30) and United Airlines (20).
Boeing vice-president of international communications Charlie Miller said: "The 50th Paris Air Show has been important for Boeing with a number of historic milestones. Our airline customers have strongly endorsed Boeing's innovative family of commercial airplanes with outstanding orders and the launch of our latest 787 Dreamliner model."
Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR said that the company has set a new record for its order book at the latest show, with orders worth $4.1 billion for 173 planes, including $2 billion firm orders for 83 aircraft.
Prominent among them are 91 ATR 72-600s by Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), five ATR 72-600 aircraft by Air Lease Corporation of the US, and 20 from Brazil's HGI Aircraft Division.
ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato said this year's Paris Air Show confirmed ATR was at the forefront of regional aircraft with up to 90 seats, and showed a bright future for turboprop technology in regional aviation.
Rolls-Royce signed new orders and agreements worth $5bn for engines and services with customers, including Philippine Airlines, Air France-KLM and United Airlines.
The company's Trent XWB engine bagged the maximum orders, placed by United Airlines, Air France-KLM and Sri Lankan Airlines, while Trent 700 was ordered by Philippine Airlines, Oman Air and Sri Lankan Airlines to power Airbus A330 aircraft.